A Symphony of Independent Buskers Perform Together Online

By Jordan Kushins on at

This is wonderful: a symphony of Wi-Fi-enabled, independent buskers on New York's subway system were united by a composer named Ljova, who streamed their performances from different stations onto individual laptops set up in the middle of New York City's Bryant Park. The result? Signal Strength, a marvellous collaborative performance.

Each of the musicians set up a smartphone to record themselves for this "live experiment". At the same time, they were a also viewing Ljova's movements in real-time and following the sheet music he passed out before the harmonic fun kicked off. Everyone brought their own style to the track using a mix of instruments and vocal tricks for a brilliant, catchy tune. I mean: Accordion! Cello! Beat box! Bass! Theremin! Trumpet! Viola! Hell yes.

It's a little tough to believe that internet connectivity didn't lag at all, but the footage is great and the SoundCloud above is a great listen. Bravo. Encore! [Prosthetic Knowledge]