Eri, After Dark
by Mary Sherman.
Music by Benoit Granier
The piece is presented like a present. Once unwrapped, the 'lid' (an ink painting, which also functions as a speaker membrane) is placed upright and to the side. A magnet from an accompanying jewel box then switches on a microprocessor, motors and LEDs inside the box. These cause the box’s flaps to open and trigger an enclosed sound module, which plays Benoit Granier’s “Eri, After Dark” through the ink painting. Then, once all the flaps are opened, the box’s contents - an intense, Pandora like light – is revealed. The piece then continues to play Granier’s composition until the last flap closes.
“Eri, After Dark” is inspired by Murakami’s novel of the same title, in which Eri is lost between two worlds - the real one she is trying to escape and the fantasy one where she is imprisoned within a television.