As a New York City resident, I understand the plight of the plebe. No matter the day, no matter the hour, no matter the distance, the subway is my mode of transport.
As an employee of RJWCollective, I implicitly understand aesthetics. This melodic web page, brainchild of Brooklynite Alexander Chen, a combination of delicate artistry, metropolitan musicality and MTA magic, displays actual live feeds of real train data (unlike 24, though, it’s not in real time, thankfully). In this world, time accelerates, so a 24-hour MTA train cycle passes in minutes. As the trains intersect, a cello is plucked, and we’re treated to some smooth jazz. Open a few of these tabs and you can really grind.
That’s not even the most remarkable part, though! Chen’s artistic integrity and devotion to accuracy takes the cake in that department; longer train lines make lower notes than shorter ones, just as an actual cello would.
And, as a bit of a tech-nerd, I feel the need to commend him on his impressive use of HTML5 Canvas. As early examples of how to best use this new medium go, you could do worse. For more info on Chen’s inspiration and how he built the site, check out his blog.
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that my middle name is Alexander. What’s a Toby blog post without a little self-promotion?