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Longplayer is a one-thousand year long musical composition conceived and composed by Jem Finer. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999 at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again.


The bowl display is a permanent installation for storing 234 singing bowls used to 

perform Longplayer Live. Located at the Lighthouse in Trinity Buoy Wharf, the idea

based on a circular form evoking the movement of the Longplayer Live instrument,

and of the cycle of the music itself. Each tier of the structure contains 39 bowls 

positioned sequentially, and corresponds to one of the six concentric rings of the Longplayer Live instrument. 


As visitors ascend the spiral staircase to the mezzanine level, they enter a contemplative environment, where they see the source instruments alongside the original hub of the composition. The spiral staircase continues to the Lantern Room upstairs where visitors can experience a more intense soundscape, with the views of the Thames.

commissioned by Longplayer Trust

design Studio Prelude

structural engineer 

Tall Consulting Engineers

fabrication Littlehampton Welding

photography  James Whitaker

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