John Cage’s 4’33” and Vulfpeck’s ‘Sleepify’ have a new rival for guaranteed floor-filler status at weddings. ‘Schweigeminute (Traiskirchen)’ is a track consisting of a minute of silence, released by Austrian artist Raoul Haspel to draw attention to awful conditions at a refugee camp near Vienna. The track zoomed straight to the top of Apple’s iTunes chart in Austria following its release, according to The Verge.
“Whenever there’s a conflict, or an extreme situation, the people who repeat their arguments just get louder and more intense, and they usually don’t help very much in solving the problem,” said Haspel. “But the people who stay more calm, who reflect a bit more — they have enough silence to hear their inner voice, and they’re usually much more helpful.” Haspel is hoping that Apple, Google and other digital retailers will waive their cuts of the song’s revenues in order to benefit the campaign.