Is NO MUSIC DAY a Play?

November 21, 2022

No Music Day is a play… 

But… 

Tenzing Scott Brown was never sure if it was a play himself… 

Or… 

If it were just a play that came into being under its own self-will to be a play.

As in…

Tenzing Scott Brown did not conceive of No Music Day being a play until after it had been performed in Vienna on the 21st of November 2020. This performance of No Music Day, that had not already been conceived of as a play by Tenzing Scott Brown, had been directed by the Austrian composer Scharmien Zandi.

Scharmien Zandi, has since directed performances of No Music Day on the 21st of November 2021 and the 21st of November 2022. 

No Music Day has no given manuscript…

No Music Day has history…

On the five consecutive 21st of Novembers between 2005 and 2009 (inclusive), Bill Drummond did not make, play or listen to music. He also encouraged others to not make, play or listen to music. He also created the website that no longer exists except as an archive at the Penkiln Burn site that can be found at…

https://www.penkilnburn.com/archive/nomusicday/

Originally this website existed to document what had been done on the five consecutive 21st of Novembers between 2005 and 2009 (inclusive) and encourage others to document what they had done. This website still exists as a museum piece as to what websites looked like in the early years of the 21st Century. 

If you want to perform the play No Music Day, please visit this museum artefact of a website and interpret how you think your performance of the play should be performed and then perform it on the next 21st of November in your life. 

That said…

Websites are precarious things…

Websites fall apart…
The centre has never held…

The internet may not exist when you read this…

If that is the case, please read the text on the following poster…

ON NO MUSIC DAY:
NO HYMNS WILL BE SUNG
NO RECORDS WILL BE PLAYED ON THE RADIO
iPODS WILL BE LEFT AT HOME
ROCK BANDS WILL NOT ROCK
CONDUCTORS WILL NOT TAKE TO THE PODIUM
DECKS WILL NOT SPIN
THE NEEDLE WILL NOT DROP
THE PIANO LID WILL NOT BE LIFTED
FILMS WILL HAVE NO SOUNDTRACK
JINGLES WILL NOT JANGLE
MILKMEN WILL NOT WHISTLE
CHOIRBOYS WILL SHUT THEIR MOUTHS
RECORDING STUDIOS WILL NOT ROLL
MCs WILL NOT PASS THE Mic
BRASS BAND PRACTICE WILL BE POSTPONED
THE STRINGS WILL NOT SERENADE
PLECTRUMS WILL NOT PLUCK
RECORD SHOPS WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY
AND YOU WILL NOT TAKE PART IN ANY SORT OF MUSIC MAKING OR LISTENING WHATSOEVER

NO MUSIC DAY EXISTS FOR VARIOUS REASONS, YOU MAY HAVE ONE

And then read the words on this following poster…

NO MUSIC DAY IS
AN ASPIRATION
AN IDEA
AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

NO MUSIC DAY HAS NOTHING TO SELL

THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR OBSERVING NO MUSIC DAY

NO MUSIC DAY IS ON THE 21 NOVEMBER 2005 – 2009
A FIVE YEAR PLAN

22 NOVEMBER IS SAINT CECILIA’S DAY
A DAY TO CELEBRATE THE EXISTANCE OF MUSIC

And then interpret how you think your performance of the play No Music Day should be performed and then perform it on the next 21st of November in your life.

But remember…

We slouch on towards Bethlehem
Hoping to be born