Junction is a sound sculpture generated in real time by thousands of New York City taxi cabs. New York City’s Traffic Management Center has over 200 closed-circuit cameras installed throughout the metropolitan area. These cameras are broadcast 24 hours per day, televised and online. Junction utilizes these cameras in Manhattan’s busiest intersections, compiling them into a grid and parsing out yellow taxis.
Every tracked taxi becomes a miniature element in a grander realtime sonification, their movements directly affecting the outcome. A taxi’s position might control only one partial of a complex frequency spectrum, or a single frame of a granular cloud.
Junction has received a 2013 NYFA funding award.