The story of SLEEP
From midnight until 0800 on Sunday 27 September 2015, composer Max Richter performed an eight-hour, world premiere of his monumental new work SLEEP. The entire thing was broadcast on Radio 3, in what was the longest, single continuous broadcast the BBC has ever made. This is how it happened.
I... feel that there is an intuitive connection between sleeping and music... and this connection is summed up by the tradition of the lullaby
Ahead of the event, Max described the ideas that informed and inspired his work:
I’ve always been interested in sleeping. In common with a lot of people who do creative work, I have an instinct that this state is where a lot of important things happen, both to do with my work, and also more generally. This is one reason why sleeping is one of my very favourite things to do. I also feel that there is an intuitive connection between sleeping and music beyond this - and this connection is summed up by the tradition of the lullaby, which seems to be a universal in human culture. Sleeping and music seem to be related altered states in some way.