James Murphy wants the subway turnstiles to make music

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman revealed to Sound Opinions that he dreams of turning the NYC subway into a symphony of sorts

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If there's one thing we can agree on, it's that the subway—despite its cheapness and lengthiness—does not sound good. But James Murphy has a plan to change that. Earlier this week, the former LCD Soundsystem and New York musician-actor-producer–constant innovator told Chicago public-radio show Sound Opinions about his dream of turning the NYC subway into a multi-station symphony of sorts.


Under Murphy's vision, turnstiles would beep when passengers entered through them, and the note would vary by line and station. "I want to make every station in New York to have a different set of dominant keys so that people who grow up will later on in life might hear a piece of music and say, 'Oh, that’s like Union Square.' […] During rush hour in the station, it will hopefully make a really beautiful piece of music." The artist said he's been lobbying Bloomberg to no avail for the last 14 years. Maybe when the new mayor takes over?


Listen to Murphy's clip below, and hear the full episode via Sound Opinions.



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