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Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse

Exhibition Detail
64 Orchard Place
London E14 0JY
United Kingdom

January 1st, 2000 - January 1st, 2000
Longplayer, JEM FINERJEM FINER, Longplayer,
12/31/200, music
Other (outside main areas)
020 7515 7153
24 hours
conceptual, music


1 January 2000 - 31 December 2999
Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, 64 Orchard Place, London E14

A millennium is ultimately an event of the imagination, based on the powers of ten and a calendar common to only one third of the world's population. Its only certainty is that the earth has spun around the sun one thousand times.

Longplayer is an attempt to make sense of such a span of time. Emanating from one present moment into the unfolding future of the next thousand years, it provides a projection of growth and change.

Through an exploration of generative forms of music, rooted in the fields of artificial life and complexity, Jem Finer has developed a system which results in an ever-evolving piece of music.

A thousand-year musical composition, it will play continuously and without repetition from 1 January 2000 until its completion on 31 December 2999.

Longplayer will initially be heard at public listening posts in the UK and diverse sites around the world. Artangel's own listening post is in a disused lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Built in 1863, this polygonal brick building was originally the site of Michael Faraday's optical research. In stark contrast to the wharf's strangely compelling post-industrial landscape, the Millennium Dome is visible across the Thames, where Longplayer echoes over the river through the space of the Dome's ‘Rest Zone'.

Longplayer has been developed by Jem Finer and managed by Candida Blaker with a think tank comprising artist Brian Eno, British Council Director of Music John Kieffer, landscape architect Georgina Livingston, Artangel Co-Director Michael Morris, digital sound artist Joel Ryan, architect and writer Paul Shepheard and writer and composer David Toop.

Information about additional places and ways in which you can listen to the music, as they emerge, is held on

By train: DLR to East India Dock Station, turn right out of the station and bear right following the Longplayer signs (10 minute walk)

By bus: 277 to Leamouth
Car parking is available



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