Longplayer is a composition which will play for 10,000 years – then go back to the beginning and start again. I live a few miles from one the handful of listening posts spread around the world, and it’s a wonderful thing to sit and listen for a while. Although I’m always aware of the piece’s dependence on an outside power source, surely a weakness.

The piece was designed, and continues to be developed, by Jem Finer, best known as founder member of the Pogues. Less well known is his work with Ansuman Biswas, Zero Genie , enviable excursions into zero gravity with the Cosmonaut’s Training Programme in Star City, Moscow.

You can see an excerpt of the Zero Genie movie here.


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