James Murphy reveals more about his New York ‘Subway Symphony’

The LCD Soundsystem creator's project could still be blocked, however

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James Murphy has revealed more about his New York ‘Subway Symphony’.

The LCD Soundsystem creator is planning to fit out all the New York subway system turnstiles “to make music”, with each station featuring a unique sound.

Murphy is planning to have the first of his turnstiles installed by the end of the summer this year. Watch a video announcing the project below.


In a press release, Murphy said: “New York City is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind place, and the people who are willing to do what it takes to live here – deal with the crowds and the commotion and the noise – deserve a little sonic gift like this. I want to turn the cacophony of the subway into unique pieces of music. It might seem like a small thing, but that’s exactly the point. This is such an easy way to make this great place I call home even greater.”

However, there is still some doubt whether the project will go ahead, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority telling the Gothamist: “We have heard from him, and as we’ve told him many times, we cannot do it… The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won’t mess with them – much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don’t get me wrong, but we can’t mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.) As a condition of filming in the subway, we made them acknowledge that we can’t and won’t do it.”


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