TIMEPIECE — A Live Speaking Clock

MaerzMusik 2021

  • Samedi 27 – dimanche 28 mars 2021 20h00
    Berlin (Allemagne)
    • Webdiffusion
    • En direct




Concert de 27 heures

A live speaking clock, performed by Berlin residents on the Grand Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele, accompanied musically by pre-recorded compositions from all around the world, will be the closing event of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2021. The project, called TIMEPIECE, is based on a work by Peter Ablinger, who articulated the idea to perform live and in real-time the text of the BBC Speaking Clock in his composition “TIM Song” (2012). TIMEPIECE takes up and extends this idea into a 27-hour video-streamed, multilingual and musically diverse live performance situated in a slow-moving space on the revolving stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Starting on 27 March at 20:00 Central European Winter Time and ending on 28 March at 24:00 Central European Summer Time, TIMEPIECE paces out and commemorates the missing space of time created by The Long Now, MaerzMusik’s traditional closing event which could not be realised due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, TIMEPIECE travels through changing landscapes of music and speaking voices. The camera and the speakers – one at a time – are placed on the revolving stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele, which turns gradually, completing a 360° turn every hour, like the hand of a gigantic clock.

TIMEPIECE is at the same time an artistic monument in Corona-Times, a community project and a manifestation of solidarity for artists and others hit by the pandemic.

TIMEPIECE is built by more than 100 participants, musicians and speakers, to be announced soon.

La presse en parle


Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 12 avril 2021
The festival’s epic speaking-clock finale had its own bleary pleasures. Titled timepiece, it built on Ablinger’s 2012 work tim Song. Lewis appeared as a reciter in the first hour; a few hours later, the Bozzini Quartet accompanied the speakers with Michael Oesterle’s Consolations, which is not unlike Frey’s quartet in mood. Long past midnight, the Irish composer-performer Jennifer Walshe took over the broadcast and wreaked havoc, as is her wont.