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NYC's Met Museum seeks crowdsourced sounds

Composer John Luther Adams, whose works have deep roots in the natural world, will incorporate ambient urban sounds for "Soundwalk 9:09."

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The Met Breuer museum. Ed Lederman/Metropolitan Museum of Art

Composer John Luther Adams works are frequently inspired by nature and landscape sounds, and for his new piece, "Soundwalk 9:09," he's taking a decidedly more urban turn. His new composition will incorporate crowdsourced sound recordings made on the streets between the Met Museum and Met Breuer museum in New York City.

To participate, all you have to do is record sound as you walk from the Met Museum, located on Fifth Ave. and 82nd Street to the Met Breuer at Madison Ave. and 75th Street. Going for fantastic and unusual sounds might be a good strategy to be picked, or just a good mix of footsteps and traffic noise, or perhaps a late night, hushed ambient soundscape. The Met Breuer was formerly known as the Whitney Museum; Met Breuer will open to the public on March 10, 2016.

So if you're going to be in the city between now and the deadline for entries, July 31, 2015, go ahead and record ambient sounds on your mobile device. MP3 and WAV files will be accepted on the Met Museum's website. The walk takes around nine minutes to complete.

John Luther Adams' "Soundwalk 9:09" will be released to the public as a download via the Meet the Composer podcast in the Q2 Music area of the WQXR website to provide an audio bridge for visitors as they walk from the Met Museum to the Met Breuer.