This Protest Song Is One Minute of Silence

There are plenty of protest songs with rousing, anthemic choruses and stirring words. But there’s only one that has none of that. In fact, he has nothing at all. It’s just one minute of silence.

Europe is in the midst of a tragic humanitarian crisis as thousands upon thousands of refugees are moving from unhappier places in the Middle East and Asia. And it’s not getting any better.

As a way to raise awareness and funds for these poor people, Raoul Haspel, an Austrian musician, released “Schweigeminute,” which translated means “Minute’s Silence.” The “song” is 60 seconds of dead silence.

It seems to have, ahem, struck a chord with the people of Austria who have pushed the song to the top of the iTunes and Amazon charts in Austria. Radio stations in both Austria and Germany and playing the track which, of course, amounts to 60 seconds of dead air. Avant garde types will immediately be reminded of John Cage’s “4’33″”.

All proceeds are going to an asylum processing centre in the city of Traiskirchen, the biggest processing centre in Austria. (Via The Independent)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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