NYC Subway System as Musical Instrument [Video]

Posted on: February 1st, 2011 at 9:16 am by

Fellow subway geeks and computer nerds, pay heed! The following video portrays an internet-instrument using the NYC subway map.

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Using the wonders of HTML5, Google engineer Alexander Chen designed the virtual guitar-like creation to emit notes each time subway routes intersect. Quite the soothing antidote for a miserable F train commute!

Chen notes:

Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

[via Gizmodo]

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