Junction: Taxi Cabs Generate a Soundtrack in Real-Time
Junction is a sound sculpture generated in real-time by thousands of New York City taxi cabs. Through the use of publicly available live footage from New York’s Traffic Management Center, Junction tracks the movements of taxis in some of the city’s busiest intersections. It uses their position, velocity and overall density to synthesize sounds.
Do you remember the first Max patch you ever made? What was it?
I think it must have been this simple drum synth that I built for live performance.
How did you come up with this project idea?
NYC has a huge network of traffic camera feeds for many years now. I always thought that the public accessibility of it called out for an art piece.
What sorts of problems did you have to solve?
Tracking the color of the yellow taxis was the most challenging aspect.
If there were one person who you would want to see your project, who would it be?
At the conclusion of this project were you:
b) ready to do a new one
c) thinking of ways to expand it
d) [other, please describe]
C, thinking of ways to expand it. The project won some New York State funding so I continued working on it after this documentation to realize a cleaner installation.