Today’s Obsession: The City as an Instrument

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Neato: the New York subway system, transformed into a stringed instrument. This is a great little generative piece currently in progress which (when complete) will create music by considering each of NYC’s underground lines on the Vignelli version of the map a string. Each time they cross, a string is considered plucked–so a day’s worth of scheduled stops will yield a flurry of pizzicato notes. There’s a full project description here, and the artist’s demo is at Vimeo.