James Murphy's 'Subway Symphony' Project Hits a Snag with New York City's Transit Authority

By Ian Holubiak on Jun 20, 2015 01:18 PM EDT

LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is planning to revolutionize the New York subway — and he wants to do it by simply adding music to its turnstiles. First, however, he must overcome the adversity pinned on him by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Dubbed as the Subway Symphony project, he is slated to reinvent the sound the turnstiles make when a subway card successfully (or, more interestingly, un-successfully) swipes its fare. While it may be a project that can parallel some other musical cities across the globe, MTA's Adam Lisberg says otherwise.

Per Gothamist, Lisberg states:

"We have heard from him, and as we've told him many times, we cannot do it. The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won't mess with them — much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don't get me wrong, but we can't mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.)"

Along with his partners at Heineken corp., the team remains undeterred by the MTA's unfair regulations against subway noise. And the transit authority remains steadfast in its position, saying it "can't and won't" happen anytime soon.

While the only thing this duo might be guilty of is its arbitrarily popular beer, it hasn't stopped them from making a film in hopes of opening the panel to new evidence.

But don't take our word for it, check out the trailer below.

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TagsMetropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem, Adam Lisberg, Subway Symphony

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