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By Tim Sandle     Jan 29, 2013 in Odd News
A church in the U.K. called St Peter's, in East Blatchington, has issued a recording of the ambiance inside the church. The recording is mostly silent, yet it has proved to be a big seller.
To raise funds, St. Peter’s church has issued a CD recording which is half-an-hour long and consists mostly of silence, according to Metro. Occasionally on the CD there can be heard footsteps, voices, background traffic noise, but for the most part nothing at all. The CD opens with a spoken introduction from the Reverend Canon Dr Andrew Mayes, closing words, and the 28 minutes of near silence.
The recording, according to the Daily Mail, made inside the empty church, has proved something of an unusual ‘hit’ album and it has sold out of its first batch. Copies have been sold as far afield as Germany, Austria and Ghana.
St. Peter’s is a small 12th century church and like many small churches is in need of founds for restoration works. The CD does not have a set price, instead purchasers decide on an appropriate donation.
Ronald Byng, the member of the congregation, is quoted by the Guardian, in explaining the CDs appeal: “In this day and age, everybody seems to live busier, noisier lives – people sometimes like to sit down and just have a bit of peace and quiet for a little while.”
Other silent recordings have been released over the years, perhaps most famously beat John Cage's “4'33” (released in 1952).
St Peter's church is located in the county of Surrey in the U.K.
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