Max Richter presents Sleep: Tranquility Base, a thirty-minute EP of new SLEEP music, released on Deutsche Grammophon. Remixes will come from electronic musician Kelly Lee Owens and German sound artist Alva Noto.
Press release by Crossover Media
Richter returns to his celebrated eight-hour magnum opus SLEEP with this new EP which offers a glimpse into the original material from an electronic perspective. Sleep: Tranquility Base is the site on the Moon where, in July 1969, humans landed and walked on a celestial body other than Earth for the first time. With this in mind, the EP functions as a vessel that disconnects and travels through the body of work, allowing art to provide something which resembles peace within ourselves.
Richter’s SLEEP app (iOS/Play Store) to date has had over 350K downloads and today the FOCUS section of the app has been updated. The update includes added music from Sleep: Tranquility Base and music from across Richter’s repertoire. This is the first time material drawn from outside the SLEEP project has been included.
“SLEEP is a kind of counterargument to what’s going on in the world. Yulia and I have talked about it as protest music. It’s a sort of alternative proposition to how things could be or how things are… towards the world we’re living in and helps to shine a light on the things we can do better.”
“The original thing which made us want to make this piece was a sense of being oversaturated – with data, with information – overstimulated… All of that is just worse now, there’s more of the same – much more of the same – and that makes the piece continually relevant,” says Richter.
For more information and music samples, visit maxrichtermusic.com.