Two trains-Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway

Posted: February 11, 2015 in art, Saying it like it should be said., Song to think with

This has got to be one of the more interesting pieces of music we have heard in a long time. Our hats are off to you Brian Foo for creating this piece of music.

Still of "Two Trains - Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway" by Brian Foo (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Two Trains-Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway explores as Mr. Foo says:

“The goal of this song is to emulate a ride on the New York City Subway‘s 2 Train through three boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. At any given time, the quantity and dynamics of the song’s instruments correspond to the median household income of that area. For example, as you pass through a wealthier area such as the Financial District, the instruments you hear in the song will increase in quantity, volume, and force. Stylistically, I want the song to exhibit the energy and orderly chaos of the NYC subway system itself.”

To listen to the song and to read more about this journey on the 2 Train see Brian Foo’s Two Trains-Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway. 


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