RockArt: Subway Symphony
The basic principle is that the subway, while being the such an integral part of New York, is also quite a harsh aural environment with lots of screeching and soulless beeps coming from the turnstiles. All Murphy wants to do is replace the beeps of the turnstiles with a series of tones from a scale – like a I, III, IV, V VII – that would randomly play as people swiped their Metrocards, and so create music! Each station or line would have a different key so you’d start to associate different stations with different sounds. It’s a fascinating idea and it would be great to hear how it would actually sound. Props to Murphy for have a dream and putting in the effort to bring it to life – I hope he succeeds.
You can read a bit more about the project on Murphy’s Subway Symphony website and even sign a petition to try and get the project realised.
RockArt is a series of posts that looks at the non-musical side of things: videos, photos, logos and artwork – or in this rare case, musical artistry! You can find more here.