September 27, 2015

PERCHANCE?:

Sleep, the eight-hour lullaby for adults (David Hepworth 26 September 2015, The Guardian)

A recurring problem for the live music business is that just as the band onstage are getting into their stride, members of the audience are surreptitiously looking at their watches and worrying about the last tube. The truth is that, no matter how noisily we respond in the affirmative to the question: "Are you having a good time?", the natural state of the concert-going audience is a bit tired. One event in the radio calendar this week recognises this.

The premiere of Max Richter's Sleep (Saturday, 12midnight, Radio 3) comes from the Reading Room of London's Wellcome Collection. Musicians and composer will be performing the full eight hours of the piece for an audience who will be encouraged to nod off, because it's in the arms of Morpheus that Sleep can best be appreciated. Richter's "lullaby for a frenetic world" was composed in collaboration with neuroscientist David Eagleman with this in mind.

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