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Max Richter's Sleep lulls slumbering concert-goers in Berlin / theguardian

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Composer Max Richter performed the public world premiere of his eight-hour lullaby - Sleep as the 400-strong pyjama-clad audience settled into camp beds for the night at 'Kraftwerk' the dimly lit Berlin venue for the performance. Richter and his musicians are performing for three nights as part of the Berliner Festspiele's Maerz Musik Festival.

In September 2015, Richter performed Sleep to an invited audience of just 20 at the Wellcome Collection, London. Radio 3 broadcast the piece, thereby earning the world record for the longest piece of music ever broadcast live. Richter composed his piece, which features piano, strings and vocals fused with electronics, in consultation with US neurologist David Eagleman as a way to explore the effect music has on subconscious minds.

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