Wednesday, July 9, 2008

NYC Sound Tracks: Searching for the Best Underground Sounds

As a sometimes weary, daily NYC subway commuter, I am ever grateful for the subway musicians that break up my journey with talent I'd pay money for in a club. So it was nice to get word on a new show, MSG's NYC Sound Tracks. This eight episode series goes underground into the subways of NYC to find New York's best subway musicians. 16 musicians from all 5 boroughs will compete for the title, and the viewers will have a chance to vote for their favorite. Watch NYC Sound Tracks Sunday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.

NYC Sound Tracks will be holding an open call on Tuesday, July 15 for underground talent from noon to 4PM at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. The “Open Call” is a chance for any and all subway musicians to audition in public to be one the 16 finalists for the show.

For more information about NYC Sound Tracks, including more info on the open call, photos and trailers, visit www.msg.com/soundtracks. I'll be interested in checking out the winner's music - below or above ground.

4 comments:

Susu said...

Hey, what a great initiative! They should do something like this here in Paris too.

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Anonymous said...

I hate competitions. I think a lot of the musicians in the subway are amazing, and I don't need a competition to tell me that one is better than another. How do you compare a musical saw player like http://www.sawlady.com/blog to a singer-songwriter with a guitar, to an African kora player? They are all good in what they do, and I think it is stupid to judge one against the other. If you want to judge - judge between people who play the same instrument. We had such a TV show in London with buskers from the Tube, so I'm speaking from the experience of having seen such a show before.

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