Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Monday, 23 December 2013
I took a trip to London's one and only lighthouse the other day, it was really eerie to hear longplayer whilst looking out from the empty and desolate lighthouse across the docklands, knowing that the music would still be playing long after I leave this world- (a very humbling experience)... def worth a visit...! more info below
What is Longplayer?
'Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.
Longplayer can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, where it has been playing since it began. It can also be heard at several other listening posts around the world, and globally via a live stream on the Internet.
Longplayer is composed for singing bowls – an ancient type of standing bell – which can be played by both humans and machines, and whose resonances can be very accurately reproduced in recorded form. It is designed to be adaptable to unforeseeable changes in its technological and social environments, and to endure in the long-term as a self-sustaining institution.'
...London’s First Public Moon and Tide Clock...
'‘ALUNATIME’ is a graphical notation of time in light designed by artist Laura Williams. It shows the lunar phase (wax & wane, the lunar day (rise & set) and tide cycles (ebb & flow). Governed by the relative position of the Earth, Moon and Sun, these fundamental rhythms have shaped our past and will continue to determine our future. The Moon creates our tides and 70% of the Earth’s surface is water; with the rising tides of climate change, understanding these natural rhythms of our blue planet is now more important than ever.
Launched on the Full Moon of October 22nd 2010, this first ever, live ‘real time’ version of ALUNATIME provides vital ongoing research and development for the 38m diameter tidal powered clock known as ALUNA, planned for the Greenwich Peninsula'
Find out more at www.alunatime.org
Sunday, 22 December 2013
...quite a nice little reserve, didn't spot many interesting birds... except for maybe my squawking sister, who somehow managed to get on the wrong side of the hide :-/..
'East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve is a small Thames-side site based around the former entrance basin of the East India Docks. The reserve includes a tidal lagoon and the closest patch of genuine saltmarsh to Central London, along with a reedbed and small areas of meadow and woodland.
Owned and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the reserve is the southernmost section of the Lea Valley Park. It is within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets'