Sound of the Millenium

I thought I should give a quick p.s. to yesterday’s post, as I just came across a piece of music that will be longer in the end than John Cage’s Organ2/ASLSP. I’m not sure why this didn’t come up when I was searching the Internet before, but it could be that I wasn’t using Gigablast.

Have you heard of Longplayer? if not, you should check out its info page; it is a 1000 year long piece of music, begun precisely at January 1st, 2000 which will play apparently without repetition. “In its present and original incarnation, as a computer program, it’s been playing since it began in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14. It’s also playing in the planetarium at the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt, the Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia and in Rufford Park, near Nottingham, England. Plans are in an advanced stage for other listening posts around the world.”

Intonarumori by Luigi Russolo

You can listen to it online of course, but I like the idea of waiting until I can go to visit it, you know, in First Life. Of course the Bibliotheca Alexandria is what appeals to me the most, almost a professional responsibility really. The piece is completely electronic so far, with instrumentation that “is primarily Tibetan singing bowls of various sizes, and gongs” but I hope they are able to construct “a sustainable mechanical device/instrument designed to last for at least as long as the first complete performance of the music” like they are planning to.

Maybe Hans Reichel and Tom Waits could act as spirit guides who co-channel the ephemeral, ambient animating forces of Harry Partch and Moondog, as well as what’s left of the futurist Luigi Russolo. That should give them a head start at least, until they can figure out how to clone Alessandro Moreschi, the only known castrato to find his way onto wax, and teach him techniques for circular breathing.

yes, this is Frank Zappa Well, that should thoroughly season the brew. In the meantime, go on over to MilkandCookies if you want to see a really young Frank Zappa playing a bicycle on the Steve Allen show. (The classic little zinger that Allen throws in towards the end is so perfectly timed, I wish Zappa had the good graces to close the performance right at that moment…I never did like Zappa.)

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