Tuning into the sounds of the morning commute.
My starting point for “9:00 a.m.” was Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s Untitled (Series #3), 2001. In his piece, he takes something that exists in a moment two pieces of china hitting each other. This moment is reminiscent of mundane activities such as washing dishes or sitting at a restaurant, and Boursier-Mougenot takes this unintentionally beautiful moment squished between mundane activities (when two dishes hit) and expands them into something aesthetically pleasing and memorizing. “9:00 a.m.,” likewise, takes an often overlooked moment squished between a mundane activity and expands it into something aesthetically pleasing. That moment is the chimes of the subway doors closing, and the mundane activity is my morning commute. The chimes are overplayed, annoying, and even stressful. My piece’s intention moves from Boursier-Mougenot’s piece to something along the lines of Brian Eno’s 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. I took the chimes and created something that is ambient, relaxing, and musical within a sonically stressful environment. Another goal of my piece is to highlight the idea of “tuning in.” The chimes seem to pan around at different volumes—the listener is given a sort of omnipresence, yet a specific site as if they are listening into the entire subway system at once from a certain vantage point. They give the feeling of “tuning in” to sounds that are present regardless of where the listener is or what the listener is doing.