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Help us to create Longplayer for 240 Voices, the next step in an incredible 1000-year-long musical journey.
Help us to create Longplayer for 240 Voices, the next step in an incredible 1000-year-long musical journey.
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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. 

The Longplayer Live Singing Bowls Installation (James Whittaker)
The Longplayer Live Singing Bowls Installation (James Whittaker)

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.

Longplayer Live at The Roundhouse 2009 (Atherton-Chiellino)
Longplayer Live at The Roundhouse 2009 (Atherton-Chiellino)

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.

Peter Broadbent, Future Everything 2014
Peter Broadbent, Future Everything 2014

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. 

The graphic score on 29 March 2014 showing early adaptations for voices
The graphic score on 29 March 2014 showing early adaptations for voices

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. 

First Longplayer for Voices development performance, Future Everything 2014
First Longplayer for Voices development performance, Future Everything 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!

Singers Score Longplayer For Voices, Future Everything 2014
Singers Score Longplayer For Voices, Future Everything 2014

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.

Faraday's Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf
Faraday's Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf

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 suggestions

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    A credit on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates.

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    Signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. An invitation to our next development performance. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates.
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    Signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. An invitation to an open day at the Longplayer Listening post in Faraday's Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf hosted by Urban Space Management. An invitation to our next development performance. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    Invitation to participate in a vocal workshop lead by Jem Finer, Peter Broadbent, Orlando Gough. A credit on our in all programmes and on our website. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    A signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. An invitation to an open day at the Longplayer Listening post in Faraday's Lighthouse Trinity Buoy Wharf hosted by Urban Space Management. Free entrance to all development performances. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    A gold limited Edition screen print of Ingrid Hu's award winning design of the Longplayer singing bowl installation at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse. A signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. Lifetime entrance to all development and full performances. An invitation to an open day at the Longplayer Listening post in Faraday's Lighthouse Trinity Buoy Wharf hosted by Urban Space Management. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    A word of your choice engraved on a singing bowl from the 5th circle of the Longplayer Live instrument. A signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. An invitation to an open day at the Longplayer Listening post in Faraday's Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf hosted by Urban Space Management. Lifetime entrance to all development and full performances. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    A word of your choice engraved on a singing bowl from the 5th circle of the Longplayer Live instrument. A recording of Longplayer from a time of your choice within Longplayer's history, on an etched dub plate record. A signed score page from 12th July 2014 performance. An invitation to an open day at the Longplayer Listening post in Faraday's Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf hosted by Urban Space Management. Lifetime entrance to all development and full performances. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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    A word of your choice engraved on a singing bowl from the 6th circle of the Longplayer Live instrument. A trip with Jem Finer around the Longplayer listening post and Longplayer Live installation at Faraday’s lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf, and lunch. A recording of Longplayer, from any time of your choice from within Longplayer's history, on an etched dub plate record. A signed score page from the 12th July 2014 workshop performance of Longplayer for Voices. Lifetime entrance to all development and full performances of Longplayer for Voices. A credit in all programmes and on the Longplayer website. Regular progress updates. (please be aware all travel costs to our events lie with you the pledger)

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