The Longplayer Conversation 2019: Jem Finer and Gavin Starks

Notebook of handwritten calculations for the 1,000 year long Longplayer piece of music

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Cultural change, technology and long term thinking

The 2019 Longplayer Conversation brings together pioneering creative collaborators, composer Jem Finer and multidisciplinary entrepreneur Gavin Starks. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation informed by their shared interests as Trustees of Longplayer and experiences around cultural change, technology and long term thinking. 

Introduced by film director and producer Sophie Fiennes.

Jem Finer is an artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, he has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music and installation. His 1,000-year-long musical composition Longplayer represents a convergence of many of his concerns, particularly those relating to systems, sustainability, long-durational processes and extremes of scale in both time and space.

Gavin Starks helps solve complex, multidisciplinary, collective action challenges exploring the impact of data and the web on business, society and culture. He has worked across fintech, climate change, supply-chain management, modern slavery, the circular economy, digital media, telecoms, machine learning, blockchain and the internet of things. Gavin co-chaired the development of the Open Banking Standard and was founding CEO of the Open Data Institute. He is currently convening federated partnership programmes to help address the Sustainable Development Goals.

Longplayer was composed by Jem Finer, and originally commissioned by Artangel. Now in the care of the Longplayer Trust, it can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, as well as other listening posts around the world, globally via a live internet stream, through an iOS app and occasional live performances. The annual Longplayer Conversations are a way of celebrating the vision behind Longplayer’s long term aspirations.


Name: The Longplayer Conversation 2019: Jem Finer and Gavin Starks
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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