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James Murphy Wants to Turn the New York Subway Into a Musical Metro

November 13, 2013  |  1:00pm
James Murphy Wants to Turn the New York Subway Into a Musical Metro

James Murphy has revealed plans to make New Yorker’s bleak subway commutes a little more pleasant.

In a recent interview with Sound Opinions on Chicago’s WBEZ, Murphy said that he has been trying for years to enlist the help of Mayor Bloomberg to create a unique, universal music system in the New York subway.

“I’m trying to do music for subways. I’ve been fighting for 14 years to try and have all the subway turnstiles make music,” he said. “I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys, so that people who grow up will later on in life hear a piece of music and say, ‘Oh, that’s Union Square.’ So when you go through the turnstiles there would be a thing that would make a beat of a certain note…Each line would be a piece. Like the green line would go through different chords as you move through, and when they intersect with other lines that would change that station.”

Most commuters already block out the sound of the subway and city with their own headphones. Murphy said that he thinks the project would help make the city friendlier and bring people together. “It’s such a brutal city and I love it. But, I think one little gift of kindness would be nice.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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