Sleep – the eight-hour live-broadcast lullaby for a frenetic world

Max Richter’s eight-hour composition has broken records, and it turns out to be as eye-opening as it is soporific

Decked out in pyjamas, slippers and eyemasks, the 20 strangers assembled at the Wellcome Collection on Saturday night did not look much like a traditional concert audience.

The venue was equally unorthodox. Campbeds nestled between the reading room’s bookshelves, torturous surgical apparatus and displays of alchemist flasks as we waited for the clock to strike midnight and the beginning of renowned Anglo-German composer Max Richter’s latest experimental work, Sleep.

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