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Silence

From: Conor Gillies
Series: Stylus
Length: 57:53

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This pilot episode asks, is there such a thing as silence? How might complete quiet frighten, mystify, or exalt us?
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Silence
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Conor Gillies

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A pilot about the sound of no sound. Silence as a device in music, motif in film, or conceptual space, featuring the voices of Andrea Shea, Pico Iyer, Christopher Ricks, Kay Larson, James Johnson, Damian Carr, Steven Cooper, Bob Celmer, Jeff Hullfish, Cecil McBee, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. Produced by Conor Gillies and Zack Ezor.

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Music featured:
John Cage / 4’33” (1952)
John Cage / Six Melodies (1950)
John Cage / String Quartet: Autumn (1950)
John Cage / Construction in Metal (1939)
John Cage / Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (1951)
Ludwig van Beethoven / String Quartet No. 12, op. 127 movement II (1825) (performed by The Tákacs Quartet)
Ludwig van Beethoven / 33 Variations on a theme by Diabelli (1819-23) (performed by Daniel Barenboim)
David Bowie / Space Oddity (1969)
Cecil McBee / Alternate Spaces (1977)
Björk / It's Oh So Quiet (1995)

Theme:
TOKiMONSTA / Bright Shadows

Additional voices: Lara Ezor, Rob Gillies 

Kay Larson is an art critic, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and author of Where The Heart Beats.
Pico Iyer is an essayist, novelist, and travel author who has written for Time, Harper's, and the New York Times.
Sir Christopher Ricks is a literary critic, professor at Boston University, and author of several books including Dylan's Visions of Sin.
James H. Johnson is a professor of history at Boston University and author of several books including Listening in Paris.
Fr. Damian Carr is the abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, a Trappist monestary in Spencer, Mass.
Steven Cooper, PhD. is a clinical associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and speaker at Off the Couch, a film-studies series at Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, Mass. 
Bob Celmer, Ph.D. is head of the acoustics program at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.
Cecil McBee is a renowned jazz bassist and professor at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass. 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is the abbot of the Zen Center of New York City in Brooklyn, New York.

Piece Description

A pilot about the sound of no sound. Silence as a device in music, motif in film, or conceptual space, featuring the voices of Andrea Shea, Pico Iyer, Christopher Ricks, Kay Larson, James Johnson, Damian Carr, Steven Cooper, Bob Celmer, Jeff Hullfish, Cecil McBee, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. Produced by Conor Gillies and Zack Ezor.

Stylus is on Facebook and Twitter.

Music featured:
John Cage / 4’33” (1952)
John Cage / Six Melodies (1950)
John Cage / String Quartet: Autumn (1950)
John Cage / Construction in Metal (1939)
John Cage / Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (1951)
Ludwig van Beethoven / String Quartet No. 12, op. 127 movement II (1825) (performed by The Tákacs Quartet)
Ludwig van Beethoven / 33 Variations on a theme by Diabelli (1819-23) (performed by Daniel Barenboim)
David Bowie / Space Oddity (1969)
Cecil McBee / Alternate Spaces (1977)
Björk / It's Oh So Quiet (1995)

Theme:
TOKiMONSTA / Bright Shadows

Additional voices: Lara Ezor, Rob Gillies 

Kay Larson is an art critic, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and author of Where The Heart Beats.
Pico Iyer is an essayist, novelist, and travel author who has written for Time, Harper's, and the New York Times.
Sir Christopher Ricks is a literary critic, professor at Boston University, and author of several books including Dylan's Visions of Sin.
James H. Johnson is a professor of history at Boston University and author of several books including Listening in Paris.
Fr. Damian Carr is the abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, a Trappist monestary in Spencer, Mass.
Steven Cooper, PhD. is a clinical associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and speaker at Off the Couch, a film-studies series at Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, Mass. 
Bob Celmer, Ph.D. is head of the acoustics program at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.
Cecil McBee is a renowned jazz bassist and professor at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass. 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is the abbot of the Zen Center of New York City in Brooklyn, New York.

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meta excellence

an incredible accomplishment and auspicious prologue!

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A complete surprise

Completely captivating! I thought I was turning on background listening and instead found myself transfixed. Great job, and keep it coming!

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Brilliant!

A wonderful compilation, from many perspectives, all eloquent and informative.

Timing and Cues

Break 1: 21:36
[OC: music (Björk — It's Oh So Quiet)
IC: "my name is James Johnson"]

Break 2: 43:39
[OC: "human being"
IC: fades in "shoes on the stage"]

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

In such a noisy world, where might we find silence? A special pilot show called Stylus, from Boston-based producers Conor Gillies [gill-ease] and Zack Ezor [ee-zor], explores the world of complete quiet. From the works of composer John Cage to the films of Stanley Kubrick, how does silence mystify, frighten, or exalt us?

OUTRO:

That was "Silence," the pilot episode of a documentary series called Stylus, about themes in sound and music. Thanks to Conor Gillies [gill-ease] and Zack Ezor [ee-zor] in Boston for producing that.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Bright Shadows TOKiMONSTA Creature Dreams. Brainfeeder 2012 01:18
Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles Austin Peralta Endless Planets. Brainfeeder 2011 :39
Six Melodies John Cage Six Melodies, Thirteen Harmonies. Edition Michael Frauenlob Bauer 1995 :35
(First) Construction in Metal John Cage 25 Year Retrospective Concert (1958). Wergo Germany 1995 01:23
Ludwig van Beethoven / String Quartet No. 12, op. 127 movement II (1825) Takács Quartet Beethoven: The Late String Quartets. Decca 2005 01:50
It's Oh So Quiet Björk Post. Elektra 1995 01:10
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 Daniel Barenboim Bach: Goldberg Variations; Beethoven: Diabelli Variations. Teldec 2000 06:32
Space Oddity David Bowie Space Oddity. EMI 2009 :12
Alternate Spaces Cecil McBee Alternate Spaces. India Navigation 1996 02:34
Until The Colours Come Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes. Brainfeeder 2012 01:07
Soft Alarm Dntel After Parties, Vol. 1. Sub Pop 2010 01:54
STS Grouper The Man Who Died in His Boat. Kranky 2013 01:25
Stone in Focus Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II. Warp 1994 07:22

Additional Credits

Andrea Shea, reporter
Paul Vaitkus, engineer
Eddie Muizulis, engineer
Lisa Tobin, senior innovation producer at WBUR