Notes from the Subway

The New York City Subway is among the most concrete inspirations for my music. I've written four pieces and counting about it. I am attracted to the subway on a number of levels: as a functional transportation network that informs much of how the city above it looks and works, as a mysterious labyrinth of things half-completed or long-ago abandoned, as a slightly grimy and discomforting everyday necessity, and of course as a microcosm for New York City itself in its compressed and anonymous urbanity. It also encompasses such a wide variety of environments, from elevated tracks above avenues to jungle-like open-cut rights-of-way, from small platforms cramped with people to vast but empty underground halls. So far, I've written pieces about:


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