James Murphy's Subway Soundtrack Idea Is Dumb
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

James Murphy, former frontman of former group LCD Soundsystem, has chatted for years—15 years, to be exact—about "soundtracking" the New York City subway system. Although the MTA simply couldn't give a damn, Murphy's Wonka-like dream to introduce pleasant sounds to the subway turnstiles is gaining traction as he recently introduced a petition and a website devoted entirely to "making the city a slightly nicer place to be."

A video of James Murphy explaining the project was recently posted by the WSJ.



In a frank and badass response to Murphy's proposed ideas, MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg explained the current turnstiles' sound to be a "natural technical variation and we really don't care." And in all honesty, as a regular subway rider, I don't give a damn about the sounds that echo out of the dank caverns of NYC. They could have introduced these pleasant sounds months ago and I wouldn't have noticed. And would they really make the miserable ride that much better? There's a wind chime somewhere near my bedroom window, and it's the absolute worst. If they're going to invest in a better "sensory" subway experience, how about making them smell more like flowers and less like piss.

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