Art Uncovered - Longplayer

Premiere DateFeb 17, 2015
00:00 Longplayer Intro
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01:28 Jem Finer
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05:17 Story of Longplayer
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07:14 A Pair of Brown Eyes
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11:42 Graphic Score
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15:47 Musical Turing Test
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17:06 Supercomputer
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22:29 The Pogues
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25:25 Connecting the Dots
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29:05 Writing An Autobiography
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32:47 Finish
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“Visual score” for Jem Finer’s Longplayer

Jem Finer is the artist and musician behind Longplayer, a piece of music written to play for a thousand years. The piece began playing at the beginning of the year 2000 and will play continuously, without repeating until the beginning of the next millennium.

So, how does someone go about writing a 1000-year-long piece of music? Last week I got to talk to Jem Finer about just that. We discussed Longplayer, Jem’s interest in using mathematical systems to generate sound, and we talk about his role as a founding member of the folk-punk band The Pogues.

Longplayer’s first live performance, The Roundhouse, 2009 [Photo Credit: Atherton-Chiellino]

First (mis)calculations for a 1,000 year long piece of music, 1995

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Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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