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Max Richter’s 8-Hour Lullaby Meant to Put You to Sleep

Acclaimed German-born British composer Max Richter has written an 8-hour lullaby intended to put the listener to sleep.

It is one of the longest classical works ever recorded. This lullaby has no words and consists of piano, strings, and electronics, all intended to help the listener slow down the pace.

Composer Max Richter. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Composer Max Richter. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Max Richter:

It’s a piece of night time music, and I am hoping people will actually sleep through it.

Max Richter got neuroscientist David Eagleman to work as an adviser on the project to understand how the human brain works when it’s at rest. He was interested in finding a place for music to live when our minds are at rest.

The piece, titled SLEEP, will have it’s world premiere in Berlin this September. The live audience will have their chairs replaced with beds for this 8-hour lullaby (the equivalent to what some would say is a good night’s sleep) playing midnight to 8 am. This sounds like my kind of gig!

Sleep - what Richter wrote as a manifesto for a slower pace of existence. (Screenshot/YouTube)

‘Sleep’—what Richter wrote as a manifesto for a slower pace of existence. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Max Richter working with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble - ACME. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Max Richter working with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble—ACME. (Screenshot/YouTube)

This piece is a question about how everything is getting faster, all our lives are accelerating and many of us are in need of a place to rest.  (Screenshot/YouTube)

This piece is a question about how everything is getting faster, all our lives are accelerating, and many of us are in need of a place to rest. (Screenshot/YouTube)

There is an 8-hour version of SLEEP meant to be listened to when sleeping that will be available digitally on September 4 via Deutsche Grammophon.

There will also be a 1-hour adaptation of the piece, made to be listened to when awake, also released on September 4th on vinyl, CD, and digitally.

If you aren’t familiar with Max Richter, to give you an idea of the kind of thing to expect, here is a very soothing song from the album Max Richter/24 Postcards In Full Colour (2008). It’s titled Max Richter—Lullaby From The West Coast Sleepers.

Bedtime songs are normally something I think of as sung in Lithuanian from my mother to try to get me to sleep as a child. I guess Max Richter is giving us adults a lullaby of our own, and I am certainly not complaining. I look forward to hearing it this September.

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