Super-producer wants to turn system into multi-station symphony
Former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy has revealed a brief preview of his plan to turn the New York subway into a multi-station symphony.
Murphy has previously spoken of his ambition to make every subway station in the US city have its own music, so that people will later associate the place with that sound. The producer, who asked former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to back his plan when he was still in office, said: “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’.”
Now, in a new interview with the WSJ, Murphy has spoken again of his plans and has also revealed a taster of what the proposed music would sound like. “I started noticing that the subway sounds quite brutal,” he said. “There’s a missing opportunity at the turnstile. Given that all that information is already at the turnstile, why don’t we just make it a nice sound? Just make it pleasant.”
However, Metropolitan Transport Authority spokesperson Adam Lisberg has seemingly dismissed Murphy’s scheme by claiming that it would require lots of financial resources for “an art project”. In response, Murphy has set up both a website and petition for people to back his idea at www.subwaysymphony.org.
Murphy put LCD Soundsytem into retirement in 2011. However, in October last year, Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry suggested that Murphy – who worked as a producer on the Canadian band’s 2013 album ‘Reflektor’ – would eventually reform his old band as they were “too good” not to make music again.