20 Aug 2015
North Korea Pyongyang Kum Song Music School
19 Aug 2015
North Korea Pyongyang Pongua theatre
10 Jan 2011
11 Jan 2011
The history of the band starts in 1992, with Benko and Hladnik accompanied by Matjaž Ferenc (he left in 1995). The duo made an international debut in 1996, with their song featured on the synthpop compilation Daydream Collection, released on the German label Gymnastic.
Some of their carefully carved albums are Ma non troppo (1997, Daydream Records), Unlike a Virgin (1999, Chrom Records; voted album of the year by the German music magazine Orkus), Vain – a Tribute to a Ghost (2004, Matrix Music and Chrom Records), and Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World (2012, Pekinpah Association).
The duo has been collaborating with Laibach since 2006. They co-authored the covers of the national anthems for the Volk album (2006) and rearranged several tunes from the Sound of Music musical and three Korean glorification songs performed in North Korea (2015).
Theatre and film scores
Silence have written dozens of scores for plays and dance performances. They regularly collaborate with highly renowned theatre directors such as Matjaž Pograjc, the late Tomaž Pandur and Pandur.Theaters (among other plays, on the critically acclaimed Tesla Electric Company), Aleksandar Popovski and Primož Ekart, with the performances and puppet shows produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), Mladinsko Theatre, SNG Drama Ljubljana, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Betontanc and Bunker Institute.
Silence released The Passion of the Cold, an album with 24 compositions written for (or inspired by) Tomaž Pandur's plays Baroque and Caligula. The score of the album was published by Pekinpah, featuring 124 pages of notations for piano pieces as well as choral and orchestral works. They have also released other scores of theirs as CDs.
The duet has also made the soundtrack for several feature films by Damjan Kozole (Slovenian Girl (2009), Project Cancer (2013), about the artist Ulay, and Nightlife (2016)) as well as a handful of short films. They are also featured in the documentary Liberation Day (2016, co-produced by Staragara), about Laibach's historical concert in North Korea.
"Silkskin", a single from Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, featuring excerpts from the film Ne daj mi, da zblaznim, Gospod! (Lord, Don't Let Me Go Mad!, 1984), a documentary by Boštjan Hladnik.