If You Can’t Silence Subway Noise, Why Not Make It Sound Better?

That’s the idea behind musician James Murphy’s campaign to change the flat beep made by NYC MetroCard turnstiles to the sound of musical instruments. His petition seeks to transform the irritating noise that comes with a subway commute into a harmonious, symphonic experience.  While the project has been compared to the more pleasant tones used in Toyko’s subway system, James Murphy’s project will become a large-scale musical art project that makes NYC a better, more peaceful place to travel through.

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Alone, this approach would offer a more harmonious experience during your daily commute. But he also imagines the project scaling as a massive, city-wide art project. Lines could combine to make larger musical scores, and at Union Station, where lines cross, people could actually hear the scores come together as a giant symphony. ‘The effect would be that at the busiest times, like rush hour, what was once cacophony, would now be music,’ he writes on his project site.

What are your thoughts on this project? Do you think it’s a realistic approach to city noise control? Comment with your input.