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WQXR Blog

Video: Subway Musicians Connect in a Wi-Fi-Enabled Symphony

Friday, October 24, 2014

As Wi-Fi service gradually expands through New York City's subways, it was only a matter of time before busking musicians would find a way to turn it to their advantage.
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Soundcheck

Subway Songs: A Soundtrack From The Ears Of A New York Newcomer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Current Soundcheck intern Bailey Constas recently moved to New York and shares a soundtrack to her experiences riding the subway.
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WQXR Blog

NYC Subway Performers: We're Being Over-Policed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Acrobats, dancers and musicians who perform in New York City's subway system are decrying what they say is heavy-handed policing.

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WNYC News

Vying for a Busking Spot Underground

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A ragtime xylophone player, a Buddy Holly tribute band and an eight-piece international ska/reggae/roots group are just a few of the 60 performers vying for a coveted spot playing in the MTA's Music Under New York Program.

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WQXR Blog

Violinist Arrested for Playing Bach on Subway Platform

Monday, July 29, 2013

A violinist claims he was handcuffed for playing Bach's Third Partita on the platform of the Hunter College subway station Thursday – and spent four hours in custody as a result.
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WNYC News

Busking 101: Street and Subway Performers Earning a Living

Friday, June 21, 2013

Just how much money can you make singing in the subway?

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Transportation Nation

Art Project Turns NYC Subway Map into Musical Instrument

Monday, January 31, 2011

Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Forget riding the subway, try playing it. Conductor: mta.me is an impressive digital art project inspired by the New York City subway system.

Artist Alexander Chen recreated, and then animated, the famous Massimo Vignelli subway map. He combined real data from the MTA made available as part of their effort to encourage the creation of more third party transit apps for mobile phones and the internet. They were thinking more like HopStop, but this is certainly creative use.

Each time a train leaves the station in the MTA dataset, so does a dot on Chen's interactive map, trailing a line the color of the train line. The music comes in when two train lines cross. Each intersection causes a twang, like a plucked string on viola, for example--Chen's chosen instrument.

The data isn't 100 percent accurate though. The system has changed since 1972 when Vignelli made his map so Chen made the K train and the old Third Ave El train run as well. But only on a limited schedule.

You can also use your mouse to pluck strings/subway lines on the site, though not on the video above sadly. For all you techies who want to know who he did it, Chen explains it all here.

See if you can tell what portion of the map is visible in the animation.

(Via Mashable.)

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