Silence (song)

Silence (song)

Infobox Single |
Name = Silence

Artist = Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan
from Album = Karma
Released = June 14, 1999
Various releases 2000
Format = 12", CD
Recorded = ???
Genre = Electronic dance
Length = 4:06 (Album Version)
3:40 (DJ Tiesto Remix Radio Edit)
Label = Nettwerk
Writer = Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber, Sarah McLachlan
Producer = Delerium
Chart position =
* #3 (UK Singles Chart)
* #5 (Canadian Singles Chart)
* #6 (US Hot Dance Music/Club Play, Australia)
** #25 (US Adult Top 40)
Chronology = Delerium
Last single = "Duende"
This single = "Silence"
Next single = "Heaven's Earth"
Infobox Single |
Name = Silence 2004

Artist = Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan
from Album = The Best Of
Released = November 15, 2004
Format = 12", CD
Recorded =
Genre = Electronic dance
Length = Various
Label = Nettwerk
Producer = Various
Chart position =
* #1 (US Hot Dance Music/Club Play)
** #4 (US Hot Dance Singles Sales)
Chronology = Delerium
Last single = "Truly"
This single = "Silence 2004"
Next single = "Angelicus"

"Silence" is a song by Canadian electronic music group Delerium. The song was co-written by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan, and she is featured as vocalist on the track. The song is often credited to be one of the best trance songs of all time,whom still playing in many clubs to this day.


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 chants. 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.cite web | author = Hofmann, Pieter | date = May 26, 1997 | url = | title = In a Sacred State of Mind: Delerium's Bill Leeb | format = | work = | publisher = "Drop-D Magazine" | accessdate = 2006-06-17 | accessyear = ]

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.

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,cite web | author = Bauer, Henrik | date = August 14, 2005 | url = | title = Bill Leeb > Noise Unit 2005 Interview | format = | work = | publisher = | accessdate = 2006-06-17 | accessyear = ] and through radio airplay the original version received mainstream awareness relatively greater than the remixes among club patrons.

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.

"Silence" was the opening track on the 1999 .

The Airscape Remix was featured in Dance Dance Revolution: EXTREME2


2004 saw a new release of the single as "Silence 2004", though no one song actually bears that title — the new single contained only remixes, both old and new. Of these, the new Above & Beyond remix is the most central, as the version included on the "Best Of" compilation released preceding the single. The other new remix was by Filterheadz; this version subsequently, in 2006, became popularly mislabelled as the nonexistent "Trentemøller 2006 Remix".

Notes and references


The song was also used in the theatrical trailer and a scene in the film Brokedown Palace

External links

* [ WikiTrance Page]

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