Brett Black the Silent Musician
Silent Tracks of Various Useful Lengths


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by Get Low USER (46 Reviews)
April 13th, 2021 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wit and Wisdom of Brett Black

Brett Black is a new age musician from New Zealand whose 2010 debut, Silent Tracks of Various Useful Lengths, was the first completely silent album (arguably an EP, but the artist considers it an album) to be commercially available. There are seven tracks on the album, which are five seconds, ten seconds, twenty seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes and five minutes in length, as well as a bonus track, humorously called Silence – 1 Minute (Stadium Remix), which is also completely silent. Altogether, the album consists of ten minutes and five seconds of unadulterated silence.

Brett Black, who released the album on April 1st, clearly saw the humor in this project. However, The Silent Musician took his album seriously to a degree, advertising its songs as utility tracks for things like needing a time gap in a playlist, or silence for yoga and meditation. He expanded upon this latter idea on his 2015 follow-up Silent Songs for Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation, which contains silent tracks of up to thirty minutes, and which solidified his classification as a new age artist.

There have been a couple other instances of silent albums both before and after Silent Tracks. Punk label Stiff Records released a vinyl in 1980 titled The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan, which used its silence along with its title as a way of conveying how they felt about their president elect at the time. Funk band Vulfpeck released a five minute and sixteen second silent album Sleepify on Spotify, and encouraged fans to play it on repeat to generate revenue for the band (they made around $20,000 before Spotify removed it from their platform). But what I like about Brett Black is that his silence is not politically or financially motivated; rather, he wants his bits of silence to be used purposefully.

The album as a whole as a listening experience is nothing profound, although one may come to the ironic realization that the "silence" means that one is now more susceptible to the noises around them. Still, I would take ten minutes of silence over ten minutes of music that I'm not enjoying, at any time. I want to conclude by complimenting Brett Black in not presenting his music as an artistic statement, because there are already a wealth of silent tracks that attempt to make an impression through their title (i.e. The Misinterpretation of Silence and Its Disastrous Consequences, by Type O Negative), but ultimately come off as extremely tacky. Brett Black just wants to make the music that girls in yoga pants stretch to, and I really can't fault him for that.



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Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


fun stuff

DoofDoof
April 13th 2021


9363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

how is this an original idea?

Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


Because no one else in the history of the universe thought about doing this before Brett Black.

SteakByrnes
April 13th 2021


23467 Comments


I guess I've heard this

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Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


Theoretically, everyone has heard this.

SteakByrnes
April 13th 2021


23467 Comments


I'm even listening to it right now!

Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


Same! Don't forget to rate it a 5 when you're done (jk)

FabiusPictor202
April 13th 2021


857 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ah yes, modern art, when having no talent, intelligence, or work ethic is equated with avant-guard genius.

DoofDoof
April 13th 2021


9363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Many artists have released silence tracks of varying lengths for purported various ideal uses, zero originality :/

Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


@Fabius Motherfucker you better take off that 1 on Meditation and Relaxation I know you didn't listen to that whole ass album

FabiusPictor202
April 13th 2021


857 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I don't have to listen to it to know it's a 1 ;]

Squiggly
April 13th 2021


241 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

TFW you can’t take off your headphones :’( so you listen to this to cope and try to remember what it felt like...

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Get Low
April 13th 2021


10040 Comments


"I don't have to listen to it to know it's a 1 ;]"

Jam Silence for Meditation (30:00) then get back to me on that.


FabiusPictor202
April 13th 2021


857 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No, I don't think i will

ArsMoriendi
April 13th 2021


33865 Comments


Whoa whoa, why isn't this guy crediting John Cage? Is this plagiarism

It's got an identical melody!

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FabiusPictor202
April 13th 2021


857 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yah I wondered that too

Get Low
April 14th 2021


10040 Comments


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_silent_musical_compositions

Here's a list of all the known silent musical compositions. I find it interesting that John Cage is the one who gets memed about whenever the subject is brought up since there are so many at this point. This page was also how I discovered Brett Black.

FabiusPictor202
April 14th 2021


857 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

so many new albums to 1

someone
April 14th 2021


2905 Comments


at least John Cage had a fundamental point to support his silent piece

bloc
April 14th 2021


65448 Comments


Do albums like this earn money? Because I could use another revenue stream in my life

"Funk band Vulfpeck released a five minute and sixteen second silent album Sleepify on Spotify, and encouraged fans to play it on repeat to generate revenue for the band"

Did not know this, kinda lost respect for them

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