On the back of a bus in 1995 a guy called Jem Finer had an idea. Nearly five years later in 1999, on the verge of the third millennium that idea came to life as a thousand year long musical composition was set into motion.
Longplayer is a piece of music that’s been playing since 31 December 1999 and will keep playing until 31 December 2999. The composer Jem Finer created it in such a way that it will never, ever repeat itself and an organisation called The Longplayer Trust was created to ensure the music continued to play through the coming centuries.
For the last five years there have been a handful of dedicated listening posts around the world – but on 12 September 2009 they’re attempting something completely new: a 1000 minute section performed live by a relay team of musicians in the aptly circular setting of the Roundhouse in North London. It will run from 8.20am that morning until 1am the next.
At the same time, elsewhere in the building a historic relay conversation will be taking place between 24 leading writers, filmmakers, scientists, academics and technology activists, inspired by the philosophical implications of long time. Participants include Jeanette Winterson, Cory Doctrow, Rachel Armstrong and Andrew Kotting.
Artangel, who initially commissioned Longplayer almost ten years ago, have asked me to use social media to document the day live. This to me is an amazing concept in itself. How will the 1000 minutes of the 1000 years be remembered. Assuming the data survives who will be around to review any captured content? What will they think of the technology involved? How could i say no?
I’ll be doing whatever I can to ensure plenty of live material is streamed on the day. Using Qik, Audioboo, 12Seconds, Twitter, Flickr and as many other platforms as I feel necessary to share the moments as they happen with those outside of the Roundhouse walls. I feel this will be one of the most extraordinary musical events I will ever get to see and am really excited about exploring some of the ideas, concepts and conversations that spring up around the day. This one day in 365,000.
Fancy coming along? Artangel have also kindly allowed me to give 20 tickets away to others willing to tweet, blog or just share the moment so please drop me a comment/email/tweet or call if you’d like to come along as well.
See www.longplayer.org for the official project website, and if you miss out on the free tickets you can still book discounted tickets direct from this link http://bit.ly/2EJDzJ (use the promo code ‘144’ to get a third off the face value).
Here is a full list of the speakers attending the Longplayer live event.
Hope to see you there.
Hey man – I would love to!
Cool, Nice one Dave, I will put you down for a ticket.
Definitely – would love to come along!
Dan Thornton says
Cool – my only regret is not hearing about this sooner. Even if I can’t make the day I’m glad to have heard about it to do some more reading up on it, and to be able to follow via the social media world!
Heather Taylor says
Great meeting you at tuttle! I’m in for this if you still have tix! And so does annie if we can get two tickets.
Hi Heather, Thanks.. drop your twitter names here in the comments and i will put you on the list. 🙂
Peter Jones says
Good talking with you this morning – please put me down for a ticket!
Stuart Witts says
Fascinating idea… I’d love to see this, please put me down for a ticket (@stuartwitts)
Maggie Philbin says
Such a brilliant concept. Rather be there in person but will definitely be there in spirit. iPut me on the waiting list 😉
Tim Ferguson says
Ooh! Ooh! I’ll definitely be blogging about this… Hook me up? Ta!
Hi All, Please let me have your twitter name or email me an email address should you want a ticket.. So far i have..
Tim Ferguson says
Heather Taylor says
@heatherataylor and @anniewelsh please and thank you!
Annie Welsh says
Further to Heather’s comment, yes, please – @AnneWelsh!
Thanks Christian – @trestletheatre and @bibendumwine will be there! Where do we collect tix?
Everyone who has sent their names will be on a list at the door.. Thanks and see you all there. 🙂
Really looking forward to this – charging up my AA’s —
I’ve seen/heard Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentina before. Stereo Camera Ready – I’ll bring the Stereo Realist film camera as well.
Listening live at home… beautiful resonances filling the room and can feel the vibrations in my body.