Time for an Oenyaw rant.
"A Line from a Pale Blue Dot" was 6 hours. Reason: It takes 6 hours for light to travel from earth to the end of our solar system. The intention of the piece was that if
this is ever played on an am radio station at night, it would theoretically be one continuous stream of music, hence the title, "A Line From A Pale Blue Dot". I did this in 2007, BTW.
"Graveyard Shift On A Space Station" last 8 hours. An 8 hour shift, alone on a space station. I considered it my honest piece of "Space Music". It took me a week to record it, mainly four all nighters, graveyard sessions to get the feel for the piece. The most cynical, insulting and rudest disc I've ever done.
"Auguries of Innocence" is also 6 hours long. This was actually sort of a bet. I told my son that I could do a 6 hour piece of music within a week. The credit on the disc cover reads "It's amazing what this guy can do with a delay and a bottle of Jameson." The original title was something about talking to an elf that lives under a tree in my backyard, but it just never worked. I opted for the title of a William Blake poem. Hell, if it gets ONE PERSON to read William Blake, it was worth it. I just did this in September when my wife and her mom were in Alaska.
My answer to "What is the point of a 6 hour song?" I didn't know there were limits.
I copied this from a site on John Cage's "As Slow As Possible"Deutsche Welle, July 5th, 2008
One Thousand Hear Change of Note in World’s Longest Concert
The next musical change in John Cage’s slow masterpiece will happen in November
More than 1,000 music-lovers showed up on Saturday, July 5, in a German town to hear a change of note in the longest-running and slowest piece of music ever composed. Eccentric US composer John Cage (1912-1992) planned his composition to last 639 years, meaning more than a dozen generations of musicians will be needed to play it on an automatic, as-yet unfinished organ at Halberstadt, Germany.
Entitled ORGAN2/ASLSP, it began in 2001 and has so far reached its sixth note. The second part of the name means "as slow as possible."
Neighbors have got used to the monotonous tone coming out of the former Church of St. Burchard, which was used as a pig-sty in the communist years of East Germany. At first the all-day-and-night tone sounded something like an air-raid siren.
One step at a time
The audience hushed on Saturday as two more organ pipes were added alongside the four installed so far and the tone became more complex at 3:33 p.m. local time. The second of the new pipes is set to kick in this November. A machine keeps the sound coming out.
Since some notes will not be needed for decades, pipes need only be added when donations suffice.
Organizers in Halberstadt rejected questions about what it all means.
"It doesn’t mean anything," one of them said. "It’s just there."