sonic ninja party

“Don't stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die.” — Trevor Powers' Mom

I’ve been fighting for now 14 years to try to do this, to make all the subway turnstiles make music. I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys, so that people when they grow up, later on in life, will hear a piece of music and be like, ‘Oh, that’s Union Square.’

So when you go through the turnstiles, there would be a thing that would make a beep of a certain note. And it would have a random note generator that would be based on a percentage, so that the root note would be a higher percentage of going off, then the third, then the fifth. And during rush hour in the bigger stations, it would hopefully make a really beautiful piece of music.

Each line would be a piece. The green line would go through different chords and when they intersected with other lines that would change that station.

—    James Murphy on creating musical turnstiles in the subway 
(he talked about this during the WNYC Soundcheck podcast with David Byrne back in 2012, which you should check out right meow.)

(via mixtapeconversation)

wilwheaton:

20thcenturypix:

modcat:

Scenes from the New York subway system circa 1980

80s you crazy ass funks

1980

I remember being terrified of and fascinated by the subway in NYC in the 80s. When I went back there in the 90s, I was astounded by how much the system had cleaned up.

(Source: the-point-of-sanity, via oldnewyork)

wnyc:

WNYC’s  new TRANSIT TIME automagicalthingee!Pick a start point and see subway travel times to everywhere else in NYC.

wnyc:

WNYC’s  new TRANSIT TIME automagicalthingee!
Pick a start point and see subway travel times to everywhere else in NYC.

(via transportationnation)

transportationnation:

A year of NYC subway commuters, knitted together in three minutes. (via Slate)

so greaty

urbanmetaphysics:

New York City subway car, c. 1971.

urbanmetaphysics:

New York City subway car, c. 1971.

(via oldnewyork)

brooklyntheory:

Venus, Morgan Ave Station, Bushwick

brooklyntheory:

Venus, Morgan Ave Station, Bushwick

love this…a lot.

vimeo:

BENDING SOUNDS - NYC SUBWAY by Tim Sessler

The sights and sounds of NYC’s subway go unnoticed by many headphone-wearing, Kindle-reading commuters. Tim Sessler’s latest piece is proof that there’s a whole world of inspiration waiting just below the surface of the city, no batteries required. John Cage would be proud!

minusmanhattan:

IRT line in NYC in the 1980s.

minusmanhattan:

IRT line in NYC in the 1980s.

joelzimmer:

This Side Up This Side Down

joelzimmer:

This Side Up This Side Down

expressly local (Taken with instagram)
scarlettbaltimore:

on the 7

scarlettbaltimore:

on the 7

jesuisperdu:

elliott erwitt

jesuisperdu:

elliott erwitt

(Source: raccoonology, via 60sforever)

newsweek:

This (defaced) subway ad for Mad Men actually served the purpose of reminding me to get caught up on the show—I’m behind.

newsweek:

This (defaced) subway ad for Mad Men actually served the purpose of reminding me to get caught up on the show—I’m behind.