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Silence is a relative or total lack of sound.

Related: Tystnaden/The Silence (1963) - silent film - sound

Before 1927 films were "silent" and had to rely on intertitles to render speech or voiceover. Here is an example of the intertitles to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

4' 33'' (1952) - John Cage

4' 33'' is a musical work by avant garde composer John Cage, often described (somewhat erroneously) as "four and a half minutes of silence." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Minutes_Thirty_Three_Seconds [Dec 2004]

Silence: Lectures and Writings () - John Cage [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

See also: John Cage - performance art

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