The Muni Section
The Musicality of Public Transit
The Muni Section grew out of the site-specific piece Metrodaeimonium which was commissioned by Secession Gallery in 1995 for the series Site as Sound. Metrodaemonium is a portrait of downtown San Francisco, and this section focuses on the City’s unique public transportation system. The audio samples were collected with a digital audio recorder over several days of riding busses, cable cars and trains. "The MUNI Section" exists both in a fixed audio version (heard here), and a live performance version. When performed live, the samples are triggered using the BodySynth™ MIDI controller, and the vocal lines are created by layering live singing via digital delay. "The MUNI Section" comes from Pamela Z’s album A Delay is Better released on the Starkland label.