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New York’s gritty subway turns musical

While New York’s subway is a fast-paced, gritty and crowded experience, Alexander Chen has opted to turn it into something quite musical with his interactive subway map creation.

Watch below and see how the famed subway map rail lines interact to create their own string instrument sounds. The piece utilises the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) actual subway schedule. It begins in realtime by spawning trains that have departed in the last minute, and continues through a 24 hour loop.

Chen, who works by day at Google Creative Lab, used Illustrator, HTML and Javascript to design the piece.  He got his cello pizzicato sound, recorded by corsica_s, from the freesound.org website.

Conductor: www.mta.me