December 3rd, 2010 | Published in Blog
Interesting recent video from the superb Long Now Foundation website in which Stewart Brand and Jem Finer discuss the logistics of writing the Longplayer, a 1,000 year long composition. Along the way you get to hear their thoughts on change ringing, algorithmic composition, the ways in which we conceptualise time and some anecdotes about Brian Eno that almost make you forgive him for his recent music. The instrumentation for Longplayer put me in mind of Bang the Bore favourites Quamvis Sum Parva (I’ve added their performance to our live archive), while some of Finer’s other work puts me in mind of Tomoko Sauvage. Plus I’m a sucker for anything that encourages people to think in terms of deep time, as there isn’t a lot that tackles the subject outside of science and science fiction.
The full version of the above clip can be found here.