Press release

Call for Submissions for Soundwalk 9:09,
A New Work for The Metropolitan
Museum of Art and The Met Breuer

(New York, May 19, 2015) As part of the 2015-2016 season of Met Museum Presents, the live arts series at the Metropolitan Museum, and in celebration of the launch of the first season of The Met Breuer, Soundwalk 9:09 will premiere in March 2016. Composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, and presented in collaboration with Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to new music, Soundwalk 9:09 will incorporate sounds recorded by the general public and submitted for consideration by Adams. 

The public is invited to record and collect ambient sounds on any mobile device’s audio recording app while experiencing the walk between the Met's main building at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street and The Met Breuer at Madison Avenue and 75th Street (the former home of the Whitney Museum). Submissions are being accepted now through July 31, 2015. Submissions may include any sound recordings taken between the two buildings, at any time of day. 

John Luther Adams, a composer whose works have deep roots in the natural world, will then consider the urban submissions as a basis for Soundwalk 9:09, which takes its title from the time it takes to walk between the two buildings—nine minutes and nine seconds—as clocked by Adams himself. 

This composition has been commissioned by the Met in celebration of the inaugural season of The Met Breuer. The final composition will be released to the public on March 10, 2016, as a free download, to provide a soundtrack for visitors as they walk from one building to the other, and to create a personal performance experience inspired by the space in-between. Soundwalk 9:09 will be available for download via the Met’s app and the WQXR app

For your “soundwalk” to be considered, please send your recordings by July 31, 2015, to as: one continuous .mp3 file or as a higher-fidelity .wav file via Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, or any such delivery site for larger files. Please use the subject line "Soundwalk 9:09" in your email.

Details about the full 2015-2016 Met Museum Presents season can be found on the Museum’s website. For more information about The Met Breuer, opening March 2016, visit The Met Breuer’s page.

About Met Museum Presents:
A wide-ranging series of performances and talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores contemporary issues and innovations through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and historic collection. Met Museum Presents creates a platform for curators, thought-leaders, and artists to come together and explore the Met as a generative force. For more information about Met Museum Presents, please visit:

About Q2 Music:
Q2 Music is WQXR's online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live webcasts from New York City's leading new-music venues. Q2 Music, a live 24/7 music stream available at, includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts and composers, full-length album streams, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists, and special live events at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music is also available via the free WQXR app.

May 19, 2015

Meryl Cates 

Communications Department

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