Experimental Animation Based on NYC Subway System

Alexander Chen‘s Conductor is a lovely marriage of automation and artistry that transforms the New York subway system into a stringed instrument. Built in HTML5, Flash and Javascript, the experimental piece runs through a 24-hour loop of the MTA schedule. To play with an interactive version that allows you to replay notes, visit MTA.me where it shows the trains departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24-hour loop. Read more details about the project at Alex’s website.


  • Chelsea

    Neat idea!

    It reminds me of this: http://www.whitevinyldesign.com/solarbeat/
    (a music box based on the movement of the solar systems)

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    Don’t anyone tell Duke Ellington that someone took the A Train and put a bunch of other notes on it.

    • http://mrscriblam.tumblr.com mrscriblam

      i think the notation was based more on how short the “string” was

  • http://Bigdaddyanimation.com Big Daddy

    I would have been really surprised if this had played Gerswhin!

  • http://www.nyfa.edu/film-school/animation/ NYFA 3D Animation School

    I agree that the notes were based on the “strings” length. What a wonderful concept and interesting execution!