Master multitasker James Murphy can't keep still. Fresh off producing the Arcade Fire's recent album, Murphy wants to turn his hand to improving the aural experience of the NYC subway riders. He's petitioning the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to allow him to create a 'subway symphony', in which the entry turnstiles would be reprogrammed to emit a series of notes that are both pleasing to the ear and form part of a larger work of music connected to the unique and highly complex NYC subway system. In his own words:
"What I propose to do is to create a series of 3 to 5 note sequences, all unique, one for each station in the subway system. These sequences will be part of an intersecting larger piece of music, which would run from station to station, and cross one another as, say, the 4, 5, 6 line (one musical piece) intersects with the L, N, R, Q and W (another musical piece) at Union Square. At each turnstile in Union Square, as you tap your new tap and ride card, a pleasant bell tone will sound, in one of a set of possible notes, all related to that station's note sequence. The effect would be that at the busiest times, like rush hour, what was once cacophony would now be music."
We recommend getting behind good dude James Murphy by signing the petition here.
We also recommend you check out the line up for this year's FOR Festival in Croatia. Murphy's late night, champagne-fueled DJ set was a highlight of last year's festival, and we don't want you to miss out on what's to come for 2014.
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