Baa baa black sheep, Twinkle twinkle little star, Hush little baby. For many of us the lullaby is our first ever introduction to music. Studies have shown that listening to something with a calming influence before bed can send us off to sleep quicker, not only during infancy but adulthood too.
A calming influence doesn’t have to necessarily mean something with a relaxing tune or even a piece of music for that matter. For some a calming influence may be a recording of whale songs; for others the sound of a vacuum cleaner can be just the ticket when dropping off.
For those in attendance at Sonos Studios tonight, a calming influence will be provided by a recording of British composer Max Richter’s 2015 release ‘Sleep’ – believed to be the longest piece of classical music ever recorded.
Attendees have been invited to the sleepover exhibition, hosted by Secret 7″, to experience what Max describes as an 8 hour lullaby.
For those not in the know about tonight’s event, the concept is simple: Secret 7” presses 100 copies each of 7 tracks by the world’s very best musical talent and invites a global collective of creatives to create unique sleeve artwork for each record. All 700 singles are exhibited at Secret 7″s new home in Shoreditch, Sonos Studio, from 8th April – 1st May 2016.
After the public exhibition comes the sale, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May. Music fans, art connoisseurs and collectors alike are invited to buy the singles for £50 each. The only catch is that the buyer won’t know who the record is by, or who has designed the sleeve until they have parted with their cash. Therein lies the secret…
All of the profits from the sales will go to Amnesty International UK, this year’s charity beneficiary.
To further facilitate their enjoyment of the evening, those invited will be fortunate enough to fall asleep on the eve mattress before taking it home for themselves.