These videos are still in-progress tests. I plan to import an actual subway schedule from the MTA’s subway API and have subway trains triggering the performance. After that, I hope to start on an iPad version that would function more as a user-driven instrument.
I decided to use Vignelli’s beautiful 1972 subway map as a starting point for the design. Which will be interesting because a few lines like the 8 and 9 no longer exist.
In another piece embedded below, Chen used moving trains along the lines of the map to create a different piece. These are still works in progress, and Chen says he’ll post updates at his site. Check it out. I love creative uses of the subway map imagery, and these are quite unique.