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Jeremy 'Jem' Finer is a musician and composer who was one of the founding members of The Pogues.[1] He was primarily banjoist, but he played a handful of other instruments as well, including mandola, saxophone, hurdy-gurdy, and guitar. Apart from Shane MacGowan (with whom he co-wrote several songs, including the famous Fairytale of New York) Finer was the most prolific composer for the band. On the first of January 2000, the Finer-composed Longplayer piece of music was started; this is designed to last 1000 years without ever repeating itself, and as currently implemented is computer-generated. [2] Finer was Artist in Residence at the Astrophysics Sub-department of the University of Oxford between October 2003 and June 2005.[3] His latest band, "The Big Eyed Beans from Venus", have just finished recording their (as yet untitled) first album. Meanwhile Finer and Hamburg legend DM Bob release their album 'Bum Steer' in August 2005. Finer has written articles on copyright and the Creative Commons License. [4] In July 2005, Finer won the PRS Foundation New Music Award on the basis for his proposal to build a device that will automatically "compose" a song of indeterminate length by harnessing the creative force of the weather. His proposal read: The countryside is shot through with holes in the ground; wells, mine shafts, fissures, bunkers, ventilation holes. In this piece of music the venue is a deep shaft in which there will be placed, at different heights, bowls of different sizes and tunings pivoted about their centre of gravity, the instruments. The players, the drips of water, will strike the bowls, ringing them like bells. As they fill with water their timbres will change, and the delicate equilibrium of their pivots will cause them to sway slightly, modulating the tones. Overflowing, a bowl will drip into ones below it. Amplification will be facilitated by a tube rising up from within the shaft, into a brass horn twenty feet above the surface. Akin to the bamboo tube in the suikinkutsu, the horn not only amplifies the sounds but forms a sculptural object, a focus in the landscape. [1] The work was constructed and installed over the summer of 2006. (Accessed 09.10.06 from wikipedia.org)
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Longplayer Installation Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14,Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt,Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia,Rufford Park, near Nottingham, Englandlans are in an advanced stage for other listening posts around the world. 2000 England Edit
Jem Finer, GTR CD Published by artist 2003 England Edit
Slow Boat to China Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Dimestone Acoustic Meets the Super Computer Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
4K 161 Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Animal Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Between Planets Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Tunnel Bird Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Fiasco Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Particle Guitar Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
A Guitar Slowly Eating Itself Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Snoop Composition recording/CD: Jem Finer, GTR (Jem Finer, 2003) 2003 England Edit
Live Performance - LMC Festival 2005 England Edit
The Centre of the Universe Installation - 2005 England Edit
Score for a Hole in the Ground Installation Kings Wood, Challock in Kent 2005 England Edit
Water and Birds Soundwork / CD track 2008 England Edit
Longplayer Live Performance Roundhouse, London 2009 England Edit