James Murphy Wants To Bring A Musical Revolution To NYC Subway
Written by Greg Moskovitch on 15th November, 2013
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James Murphy, former LCD Soundsystem frontman and DFA Records mastermind, has set his sights on revolutionising the daily commute for the residents of his beloved New York City by creating individual soundtracks for each station of their notorious mass transit system.
Speaking in an interview with US radio program Sound Opinion, Murphy said he is looking to create distinct soundtracks for the more than 400 underground railway stations in the New York City area, with a view to having residents and tourists associate each place with a specific sound.
The New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down-singer said his goal is to give a “little gift of kindness” to an otherwise “brutal” city, saying:
“I’ve been fighting for 14 years to get all the subway turnstiles to make music. 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 like Union Square’.
“It’s such a brutal city. I think one little gift of kindness would be nice.”
Murphy had previously discussed the idea with then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, failing to get the initiative off the ground. Murphy hopes that newly-inaugurated and famously progressive city leader Bill de Blasio will help Murphy actualise the novel idea.
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