Hi, it’s Rich Dale. When I think of a slow song, my mind goes to Morris Albert’s “Feelings” or Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” or Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”. But those songs move at blinding speed and are microscopic in length compared to John Cage’s “Organ/ASLSP” (which is short for As Slow As Possible).
And last weekend, hundreds of people gathered in Germany to hear a single chord change. It happened during a “performance” of the song which has been going on for the last 19 years, with the last note change happening back in 2013. On Sunday, the specially-built organ performing the piece changed chords for the first time in 2,527 days.
“Organ/ASLSP” will take over 639 years to complete, playing its final note in the year 2640!
Kind of a cool thought that that organ might still be there in 2640. People can get there for the last note in their flying cars. (Maybe we’ll actually have those by then.)