Murray on silent single for charity
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.