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Google Creative Lab engineer/designer Alexander Chen turned NY subway lines into an interactive musical instrument. Very neat and minimal, yet pretty poetic in a way. Developed in HTML5 and the subway template is based on Massimo Vignelli’s original design. Each subway line becomes a string and with each intersection you get a pluck. The length of a line also determines the pitch and how the lines emerge is determined by using MTA’s live arriving and departure times, plus some of Chen’s additions. Likes!

(click on the image to see how it works)

 

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