Listen to Music “Played” by Very Unlikely Sources

City Symphonies

We’ve heard of cities having music of their own before, but this takes that idea to a whole new level. Mark McKeague, an interaction design student, let the traffic in London compose a musical score. According to WIRED, “McKeague simulated the movement of vehicles around Parliament Square. By noting where traffic lights were, and modelling the acceleration and slowing of real cars, he created fake traffic jams. Then he turned it into music. Using MaxMSP, he hooked up audio signals associated with each car. The sound that each emits depends on its proximity to other cars on the road and the distance from the listener. At junctions, the music becomes more complex, as groups split and different cars head in different directions.”