LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy – whose band recently reunited this year - spent some of his downtime during the group’s hiatus working on a very innovative and creative initiative in New York City.
Murphy came up with an idea for a high-concept project called the Subway Symphony. The goal was to create a system where tones were emitted from subway turnstiles every time someone exited or entered.
While the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority rejected the initial proposal, Murphy’s project is to be integrated into the Lowline Lab – an experimental underground space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
In a new video, Nancy Whang - one of Murphy’s LCD band mates - introduced more ideas for the Lab, which is being called “a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase” a proposed underground park.
Whant says in the video that the Lab has been experimenting with growing plants in a dark, subterranean environment. The roofs will have solar panels that distribute natural light down to the space through a network of tubes.
Meanwhile, the concept for the Lowline Park is for a one-acre underground area to be created nearby in an old trolley station built in 1908.
The founders of the project are currently working with the MTA, New York City Council and various fundraisers to get access and approval to build on the site.