Apparently going out in a group to a bar, restaurant or party and then staying silent, perhaps by reading a book or sitting in an asana position, is the new ‘in’ thing to do.
I hope it catches on in Jakarta.
The big thing in the Indonesia’s TV entertainment appears to be shows featuring show offs, so-called, possibly self-styled, selebitis. They, along with the hosts, have hand held microphones into which they shout what I presume are witticisms. I say “presume” because whatever is shouted is followed by mass hysterical laughter. Apparently much of British TV is similarly plagued.
Silent Spring, the Gary Burton track from 1967, is a reference to the book by Rachel Carson which, in 1962 with its exposé of how DDT used as a universal pesticide got into the food chain “ignited the modern day environmental movement.”
I interpret these other tracks as the musicians attempting to define ‘silence’ through their music.
01. Steve Khan – In A Silent Way
02. Kenny Drew, Jr. & Larry Coryell – A Silent War
03. Bill Frisell – Silent Comedy
04. Gary Burton – Silent Spring
05. Basquiat Strings w. Seb Rochford – In A Silent Way
06. Bruford, Towner & Gomez – Silent Pool
07. Nils Petter Molvær – Silent
08. Eberhard Weber – Silent For A While
09. Cæcilie Norby w. Nguyên Lê – Silent Ways
It is often said that it is the spaces between the notes which makes for great music. By that token, John Cale’s most popular composition 4’33” is truly exceptional.
Here’s the version for a symphony orchestra.
If you’ve read so far, no doubt you were expecting a track from the classic Miles Davis jazz-fusion album In A Silent Way. However, that segues into It’s About That Time, an exciting groove which doesn’t fit the overall mood of my compilation.
Instead, here are two of the musicians on that album – Joe Zawinul, the composer, and John McLaughlin – playing the tune in 1992, some 22 years after the album’s release.
Note: the link to my ‘Silence‘ compilation has been updated.