I performed the world record attempt ’Longest marathon accordion playing’ at Koljonvirta camping area, Iisalmi, Finland. The playing started 31 July 2010 at 8:01 AM and ended 1 August 2010 at 3:27 PM, and the official duration was 31 hours, 25 minutes and 56 seconds which, according to the rules, is equivalent to 1 day 7 h 25 min. The place of performance was a restaurant licenced to serve alcohol, converted to an all-night cafe for the period from 2 to 9 AM (due to the Finnish legislation), so the public had free access to the venue for the entire duration of the attempt. The continuous playing periods were as follows (00:00 is the starting time)
|Start||End||Rest duration used|
Three camcorders were reserved for the event.
There is uninterrupted video material of the entire world record attempt excluding one exception: there was a malfunction in the tape change overlapping recording for the camera 2 that was only discovered afterwards: there is no video documentation at all for a duration of 43 seconds between 02:03:03 and 02:03:46. This concerns the overlapping camera (3) during the tape change of the tape camcorder (camera 2). The tune played at the time was piece number 1008: ’Viisitoista kesää’ (Living Next Door To Alice) (DVD: 3. The VCR problem).
The log books maintained by the witnesses contain some human recording errors concerning certain piece numbers and names. The contradictory sections are included in the video summary (DVD: 4. Witness lists).
Heikki Ylisipola was not able to manage his witness duties and Jari Ovaskainen moved on his place.
The pieces were a fair sample of international and Finnish music caught in my memory during my career as a musician.
While I played I swapped accordions ’on the fly’ during breaks between pieces, so the swap did not affect the regular performance. The fuse of the roof lamps blew during the performance but it was changed and the slight momentary dimness did not affect the documentation of the event. Natural light came in through the windows and flashlights were used to provide additional lighting.
For the first 22 hours I played without any resting breaks. Continuous playing was made possible by my skilled support team. They took care of my endurance by providing food and drink, massage, skin refreshment, moisture creams, bandages, etc. Although not required in the rules, the DVD contains a small video summary of the ’on-the-fly’ maintenance in practice (DVD: 5. Maintenance).
Attached are the following pieces of evidence for the world record attempt:
Kuopio 18 October 2010
Anssi K. Laitinen