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Play the NYC Subway as a String Instrument

Tuesday 02.01.2011 , Posted by
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This smart little visualization might be the perfect distraction for long subway rides through the city. Using lines that resemble a New York subway map, complete with departing train times, this HTML5 visualization plays the different train lines like a relaxing, random stringed instrument. As each train line crosses another, the string is plucked, playing a gentle note. The longer lines play lower tones while short lines play higher tones. Viewers can also conduct the music themselves by clicking and dragging their mouse across lines.

Click here to see the visualization in action

Created by Alexander Chen, a Brooklyn based member of the Google Creative Lab team.

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Paul Caridad

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