Max Richter’s trailblazing 2015 composition Sleep is now available to download with the launch of a new app.
The app enables listeners to reimagine the 8-hour Deutsche Grammophon recording in custom-made musical sessions to help with focus, meditation and sleep which many people will need in the midst of the pandemic lockdown.
It brings to a wider audience some of the experience shared by those lucky enough to attend Richter’s extraordinary eight-hour overnight performances of Sleep – complete with beds – including LTW’s own Tim Cooper who wrote about it here when it came to London in 2017.
Users of the app can create personalised musical sessions for a chosen period, with planetary animations programmed according to Sleep’s musical themes. Each of the sessions – Sleep, Meditate and Focus – has its own musical sequence, developed in collaboration with Richter, and he has even composed a new wake-up alarm sound especially for the app.
“I’m happy that the Sleep app is finally with us; it has been a labour of love for all involved and it has turned out beautifully,” notes Richter. “The way that the app allows listeners to make a unique and personal journey through the landscape of sleep is remarkable and conveys the spirit of the music in a completely new way.”
Sleep has become an international phenomenon thanks to Richter’s ability to connect with music-lovers across the globe returning to No.1 on the US Billboard classical chart in March. It was broadcast in its entirety on international radio stations in April, and was streamed 450 million times.
Last year saw the release of a documentary, Max Richter’s Sleep, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, exploring his remarkable artistic process and the unique challenges of putting on overnight performances with audiences in beds, not seats.
Review by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.