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.