LONGPLAYER FOR 240 VOICES
Longplayer is a 1000-year-long piece of music, it was conceived by artist, musician and composer Jem Finer and originally commissioned by Artangel. It can be heard at listening posts worldwide, online, and in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London's East End. Longplayer is playing now; we can tune in at anytime.
From its initial conception a central part of The Longplayer project has been about considering strategies for it's future; Longplayer needs to be adaptive to changes in technology and environment. In 2009, Longplayer Live, a fragment of the enormous continuum, was first performed on a giant instrument comprised of 234 singing bowls at The Roundhouse, London, with other performances at Trinity Buoy Wharf and in San Francisco. These were the projects first steps into the world of physical performance.
We now wish to develop a live version of Longplayer for Voices - a 1000 minute section of Longplayer that is dependent purely on the human voice and a set of scored instructions. It's an ambitious and exciting idea, the legacy of which will be a score for the human voice with the potential to endure through time.
A NEW PHASE OF LONGPLAYER
In this exciting new phase in Longplayer's journey, Jem Finer will work with 240 singers under the direction of Peter Broadbent and Orlando Gough to make a new 1000-minute choral version of Longplayer.
Longplayer for Voices is at an early stage of development. Jem, Peter and Orlando are starting to audition singers and work on the score is also underway.
An early try-out took place at FutureEverything in Manchester in March 2014 and a further work-in-progress was presented at The Roundhouse in July 2014.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and to experience the work as it evolves over the next four years before its planned launch at The Roundhouse in the Autumn of 2018. The process will be as interesting as the end result, there are no precedents!
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Even listening to small sections of Longplayer for Voices in rehearsal it is already clear that the full piece will be truly remarkable but there is much work to do. The Longplayer Trust does not receive any 'core' funding, it currently raises money project-by-project. We're delighted to have received a small grant from Arts Council England with matched funding from Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust for Longplayer for Voices to get to 1000 seconds.
But now we need to go all the way to 1000 minutes... That's why we need your help!
This next stage of fundraising will support the costs of the development of the work from a 1000 second version to 1000 minutes - we will be developing the score, experimenting with voices, recruiting the required 240 singers, rehearsing and trying out methods of performance.
We want you to come on a journey with us. You can already experience what we have achieved with Longplayer, but you can play an important role in our next step with Longplayer for Voices. We have some exciting rewards in exchange for your support, and every step of the way we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with behind-the-scenes information as the project unfurls.
Longplayer allows people to think carefully about the future. The music only plays on if people will it to. Be a part of this next chapter in Longplayer's story.
Risks and challenges
Longplayer has been playing uninterrupted for over 14 years and we have already produced several performances and events. Longplayer was commissioned by our friends at Artangel and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.
The trust has limited 'core' funding and moves forward project-by-project. This is the second major production for Longplayer, the first being Longplayer Live, a version of Longplayer performed on a giant instrument comprised of 234 singing bowls.
This version of Longplayer will require a major support effort not just to raise funds but in order to recruit the number of singers required for the performance.
There are no precedents for Longplayer productions. They are creative journeys with ups and downs. We cannot promise that there will not be significant challenges along the way, but if there are we will tell you about them and possibly even ask for your help and suggestionsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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