If you happened to have been at a particular London lighthouse on the last day of 1999, you could have heard the first notes of a musical composition known as "Longplayer." But you won't hear the last notes. Neither, for that matter, will your children or their children or even their children's children.
"Longplayer" is a piece of music intended to last for 1,000 years, ringing out its final note at the last second of the year 2999. The composition by Jem Finer is playing at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, but it can also be heard at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Yorkshire, England, and the Long Now Foundation Museum in San Francisco. It is also streaming at https://longplayer.org/listen/live-stream/.
Although it is mostly being performed by computers, "Longplayer" was composed for singing bowls, a type of standing bell that has existed for centuries. The musical piece is constantly in flux and will continue to change over the years. And when it finally concludes in 2999, it will begin again.
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