Radiohead singer Thom Yorke teamed up with Roxy Music’s
Bryan Ferry, British Prime Minister David Cameron, tennis ace Andy
Murray and others to record a single that consists of two minutes
of silence, music blog Stereogum reported Monday.
The single, titled “2 Minute Silence,” goes on sale
on Nov. 7 to commemorate Remembrance Day, a U.K. holiday honoring
fallen soldiers. Music producer Mark Ronson and actor Bob Hoskins
are also featured on the track — being completely silent.
“Rather than record a song, we felt the U.K. public would
recognize the poignancy of silence and its clear association with
remembrance,” Royal British Legion Director General Chris
Simpkins said in a statement.
“2 Minute Silence” is not without precedent. In
1952, experimental composer John Cage composed the piece
“4’33”,” which consisted of four minutes
and 33 seconds of a performer not playing an instrument.