James Murphy Is Making Music at The U.S. Open

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 08.28.14 in News

James Murphy certainly keeps himself busy, doesn’t he?

After a successful collaboration on Greenberg, the former front man for LCD Soundsystem decided to tackle the score for Noah Baumbach’s most recent feature as well. Due later this year, While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts with an appearance by Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.

When he’s not scoring films, Murphy helped create the new sound system Despacio with the Dewaele brothers and McIntosh. During the off-hours, he also “cupped” his own House of Good espresso-blend with Blue Bottle Coffee.

Now he’s darting over to the U.S. Open, which is currently taking place until September 8, to work with IBM on the US Open Sessions Project. The project uses the data from tennis matches to create an algorithm that results in a separate piece of music for each individual match. By the end of the Open, almost 400 hours of music will have been generated.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Why does this sound vaguely familiar?” Well, it’s not the musician’s first foray with “found” sounds, so to speak.

Earlier this year, after reading about the MTA’s plan to change the New York City subway from a swipe card system to a tap-and-ride by 2019, Murphy proposed a plan that would switch the current electronic beep of the turnstile to a series of melodic notes. He referred to the subway as “the best of New York,” but asked, “Why can’t it make a nice sound?”

Watch the trailer for the US Open Sessions Project below while you try and figure what sort of weird undertaking Murphy will attempt to tackle next.