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"Silence" is a song by Canadian electronic music group Delerium featuring Canadian singer and co-writer Sarah McLachlan. Over the years, it has been hailed as one of the greatest trance songs of all time, over a decade after its initial release.[1] The Tiësto remix of the song was voted by Mixmag readers as the 12th greatest dance record of all time.[2]

"Silence"
Silence1.jpg
Single by Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan
from the album Karma
ReleasedJune 14, 1999
Format
Genre
Length
  • 6:33 (album version)
  • 3:47 (Airscape remix edit)
  • 8:36 (Airscape remix)
  • 3:40 (DJ Tiësto remix radio edit)
LabelNettwerk
Songwriter(s)
  • Bill Leeb
  • Rhys Fulber
  • Sarah McLachlan
Producer(s)Delerium
Delerium singles chronology
"Duende"
(1997)
"Silence"
(1999)
"Heaven's Earth"
(2000)
Delerium singles chronology
"Truly"
(2004)
"Silence 2004"
(2004)
"Angelicus"
(2007)
Audio sample
Delerium – Silence

Contents

SongEdit

The original album version and subsequent radio edit of the song had a much slower tempo than the more well-known remixes and was essentially structured like a pop song, with the characteristic synthetic instrumentation of the more melodic side of ambient music — though including darker overtones, such as the prominently featured Gregorian chant (Gloria in Excelsis Deo). This last element often invites comparison to popular ambient/new age/world music projects of the 1990s like Enigma and Deep Forest who routinely sample chants from various ethnicities worldwide, though in contrast such vocals featured on Karma were all original recordings.[3]

Although the original song did receive Canadian radio airplay in 1997, it was not released as a single until 1999, two years after the release of Karma, though it was only the Airscape Remix which received airplay at this time, rather than the more downtempo original version. The single prominently included remixes by DJ Tiësto, and Fade, which significantly boosted the song's proliferation through club play (particularly by influential DJs such as Paul Oakenfold) as evidenced by the single's positions on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It was on the soundtrack for the movie Brokedown Palace featuring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale.

As a consequence, the song was largely promoted as an uptempo vocal trance song, which then influenced the marketing of the next several Delerium singles as well. Unlike most of its successors, however, "Silence" also broke into the adult top 40 radio format due to the song's club success,[4] and through radio airplay the original version received mainstream awareness relatively greater than the remixes among club patrons.

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video, directed by the directors collective Twobigeyes, was released in 2000 and was set to the Airscape remix. It has repeatedly been listed within the top 100 Ibiza anthems ever on online messageboards and, more recently, on MTV. The video was filmed on location in the United Kingdom ― mainly at Newgale Beach, Marloes Sands and "The Blue Lagoon" in Abereiddy, all in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Versions of the video featuring the Tiësto and Above & Beyond remixes followed the initial release. A music video for "Aria", a track from the following studio album "Poem" that was first released as B-Side on a "Silence" single, was released in early 2000, featuring the Mediaeval Baebes. Single and video use the video edit of the song.

Re-releasesEdit

2004 saw a new release of the single as "Silence 2004", though no song actually bears that title — the new single went to number one on the US dance chart and contained only remixes, both old and new. Of these, the new Above & Beyond remix is the most central, as the version included on the compilation The Best of released in advance of the single. The other new remix was by Filterheadz; this version subsequently, in 2006, became popularly mislabelled as the nonexistent "Trentemøller 2006 Remix". A 2017 version of the song entitled "Rhys Fulber Project Cars Mix" featured in the launch trailer for Project CARS 2. [5]

Release historyEdit

Country Release date
Worldwide 14 June 1999 (1999-06-14)
Worldwide (Remixes) 30 October 2000 (2000-10-30)
Worldwide (Silence 2004) 15 November 2004 (2004-11-15)

Track listingEdit

UK CD single 1999
  1. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix Edit by Fade)" – 4:18
  2. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" – 4:06
  3. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix by Fade)" – 11:12
US CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (Edit)" – 4:08
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:33
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix)" – 8:37
  4. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix by Fade)" – 11:12
  5. "Aria" – 3.59
UK CD single 1 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" – 3:48
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:36
  3. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" – 4:06
UK CD single 2 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix) – 8:38
  2. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" – 11:12
Benelux maxi single 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" – 3:46
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:29
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix) – 8:37
  4. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" – 11:12
  5. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" – 4:06
Benelux CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix – Patrick Kicken Re-Edit)" – 5:11
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix Edit)" – 4:24
German CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix Edit)" – 3:58
  2. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" – 3:47
  3. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" – 4:04
  4. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:31
  5. "Silence (Airscape Remix) – 8:36
  6. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" – 11:07
US maxi single 2004
  1. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Edit)" – 3:42
  2. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" – 7:27
  3. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Remix)" – 8:51
  4. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Mix Edit)" – 3:50
  5. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:33
  6. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" – 8:08
UK CD single 2004
  1. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Edit)" – 3:39
  2. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" – 7:33
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" – 3:39
  4. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Mix Edit)" – 3:51
  5. "Silence (Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:32
  6. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" – 8:05
European CD maxi 2008
  1. "Silence (Niels van Gogh vs. Thomas Gold Radio Edit)" – 3:29
  2. "Silence (Niels van Gogh vs. Thomas Gold Remix)" – 7:34
  3. "Silence (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix)" – 8:17
  4. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:29
  5. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix)" – 11:12
  6. "Silence (Acoustic Version)" – 5:06
US The Essential Silence Digital Download 2010
  1. "Silence (Album Version)" – 6:35
  2. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Remix Edit)" – 4:22
  3. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix)" – 11:36
  4. "Silence (Airscape Remix) – 8:38
  5. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" – 7:13
  6. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Remix)" – 8:51
  7. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" – 7:32
  8. "Silence (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix)" – 8:18
  9. "Silence (Niels van Gogh Vs. Thomas Gold Remix)" – 7:33
Digital release 2011
  1. "Silence (David Esse & Antoine Clamaran Remix)" – 8:45
  2. "Silence (David Esse & Antoine Clamaran Remix Edit)" – 4:15
Digital release 2012
  1. "Silence (W&W vs. Jonas Stenberg Remix)" – 5:28
Digital release 2016[6]
  1. Silence (Alyx Ander vs. Delerium – Original Mix) – 5:31
  2. Silence (Alyx Ander vs. Delerium – Radio Edit) – 3:39
Digital release 2017[7]
  1. Silence (Rhys Fulber Project Cars Remix) – 6:27
  2. Silence (Rhys Fulber Project Cars Dub) – 6:17
Digital release 2019
  1. Silence (Youngr's 20 Years of Silence Remix) - 4:28
  2. Silence (Dark Matter Remix) - 8:38

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Rivaldo, Joey. "Delerium – Silence 2004". about.com. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  2. ^ What is the Greatest Dance Track of All Time? Mixmag (February 15, 2013).
  3. ^ Hofmann, Pieter (May 26, 1997). "In a Sacred State of Mind: Delerium's Bill Leeb". Drop-D Magazine. Retrieved June 17, 2006. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Bauer, Henrik (August 14, 2005). "Bill Leeb > Noise Unit 2005 Interview". Mindphaser.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Project CARS 2 – Launch Trailer (4K)".
  6. ^ https://www.beatport.com/release/silence-feat-sarah-mclachlan-alyx-ander-vs-delerium/1763956
  7. ^ "Silence (feat. Sarah McLachlan) [Rhys Fulber Project Cars Mix] from Nettwerk Records on Beatport". www.beatport.com.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Delerium Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 8359." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Silence". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 6 January 200". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 3, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  19. ^ "Charts.nz – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "Delerium Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Delerium Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  27. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2000" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  30. ^ "Rapports annuels 2000" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  31. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2001" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  33. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Delerium ft Sarah McLachlan – Silence". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 28, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Silence in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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