"POST-MERIDIAN"
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Post-Meridian is a Nocturne for 2001. Sontext commissioned a composer to write a piece for a live violin performance with the intention of creating a juxtaposition of the sounds of the instrument against the backdrop of a natural outdoor environment. The performer provides his own interpretation of the atonal violin composition while responding to the pre-recorded "nature" sounds generated by Sontext. The violinist is visible only on a Plasma screen, seemingly absent from the live performance. The only proof of his presence(in an isolated room) is through the exchange of musical/non-musical ideas between him and the fabricated sounds that will be audible throughout the space.

The physical absence of the musician reflects an increasing awareness of a lack of necessity for live instrumentalists in audio performances.

(the piece was performed at the New Museum's Media Z Lounge in May, 2001)

Copyright 2001 SONTEXT