Crossfade Commute is created by New York based artist Will Owen especially for the Copenhagen Metro System.
Crossfade Commute is created for Copenhagen Art Week 2015 and the inspiring theme of Shared Spaces.
Using this website, commuters on the CPH Metro are able to create a soundtrack from streaming audio that aligns with the starts and stops at each station.
Being inspired by the sounds created while bicycling around Copenhagen, I wanted to try and replicate the way bike commuters create their own rhythm and interact with the sounds of the city while traveling.
Crossfade Commute allows travelers to play audio by themselves through headphones or aloud on speaker phone with others. Essentially allowing the passengers to become composers depending on the audio link they choose.
There are three audio paths to choose from:
Each are distinct and have a different interpretation of the stations and their environments.
The City Sounds are field recordings made from various locations around the stations:
For example at Øresund station you hear the sounds of a sauna being used or in Vestamager you hear both the sound of construction and nocturnal insects from the amazing natural surroundings.
There is recordings using a hydrophone from underwater in the Ocean, children splashing, and sea swimmers around Amager Strand - Katrup.
At Lufthavnen, it's the sound of people re-uniting at the airport at 3 am on a Sunday as well as 6 am business people commuting in from all over the world.
Here's the audio which played from the Nørreport Station:
Above is a video by LAUK for CPH Art Week 2015, of which I was an invited guest artist. There is a snippet of my installation Crossfade Commute and also my performance Eye2Eye2Ear2Ear-- A brief snippet of Crossfade Commute is used as the background audio.