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Erik Satie's 1893 work for vibraphone is 18 hours long, and was performed by "tag-team vibraphonists" yesterday from 6 a.m. to midnight across from the NY Stock Exchange, at Wall Street and Bond. When I showed up around 4:30 p.m., a woman was playing soft, eerie chords as a man next to her periodically moved polished stones from one cylindrical plastic container to another. Uh, ok! The piece was simultaneously performed in 12 other cities, from Australia to the Middle East, and live-streamed on-line. That may have been the best way to experience it: downtown, the music couldn't compete with Wall Street's urban cacophony, from construction noise to a general buzz. It sounds like you're boarding an airplane down there.