Posted in music | technology on August 28, 2014

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After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this,  a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.

In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.

US Open Sessions video below...

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Making Music with Tennis Data

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Comments (47)

Such an artist!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:26 PM

Tennis should be making this music not Murphy!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:35 PM

has this fat fuck ever come across a gimmick he wasn't willing to latch onto?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:36 PM

Barney Rubbish

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:38 PM

He really needs to fully "retire".

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:41 PM

this is pretty embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:43 PM

1:35 I love that idea! Tennis should do the score. It's not out of line for them to do it. They have a good grip on music and seem to have a ball when they play. I saw them at Penn once and their enthusiasm matched the mood. They can really create a racquet too live! They are great and not too high strung.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:47 PM

^sucks to be unemployed. I feel bad for you

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:50 PM

i hope he just stole a pete shelley song and changed the lyrics like he does every other time

WHEN will he fucking go away?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:51 PM

you cant just promise to go away and then not go away

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:52 PM

he only promised to stop doing lcd soundsystem. never said he was retiring, dope.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:53 PM

He's basically a performance art project, taking "music" to an absurd extreme to see how many fools he can string along.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:55 PM

1:50 not unemployed. Worked hard created something, sold it for tons of money and now retired in my thirties ;)

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:00 PM

I don't see the connection to coffee, is there something I am missing?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:12 PM

@2:00 REVEAL YOURSELF HOTSHOT

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:13 PM

I am hooking up some synthesizer thing to my toilet that makes bleeps and bloops everytime I drop turds.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:25 PM

i made a drone album out of tubs of hummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:26 PM

i'm not a dope. fuck you and your obvious bad taste @1:53

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:31 PM

I created a little thing called Instagram, perhaps you've heard of it?

And what have you done with your time here, my dear inquisitor?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:32 PM

i wish he would make music based on lcd soundsystem and i wish you to stop replying to previous posts so i dont have to scroll back up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:34 PM

I am Shiva, the god of Death

Posted by Arthur Edens | August 28, 2014 2:35 PM

I wish for world peace

Let's see who gets his wish first

OK, ... GO!

Posted by Arthur Edens | August 28, 2014 2:36 PM

James Murphy, I love you but you're bringing me down

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:38 PM

2:13 gotta catch a jet home. Catch you later

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:39 PM

So someone who pun's is unemployed? I would guess the opposite because that is more clever humor than the usual ipod jokes etc

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:41 PM

^ Oh, thank you for the complement.


In the future I'll strive for more joke diversity form post to post.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:01 PM

white kids will eat this up

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:02 PM

What ever happened with his mall music, or some equally stupid idea? This guy needs to go live on island for a while, sucks when you know you're becoming irrelevant and trying to latch onto any idea that might sound good.

Desperation is sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:16 PM

225, nice project, I was gonna say I call the little balls in a lincoln log poop bloops and bleeps

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:17 PM

bunch of bored haters. it's pretty dope he is keeps experimenting and pushing what new things can be done with tech and music.

Posted by not your biz | August 28, 2014 3:42 PM

Hang a sling from the ceiling of your loft, get tagged, have fun, stop making music

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:07 PM

"... experimenting and pushing what new things can be done with tech and music"

oh, is that what you call it?

P.T. Barnum, the next round is on 3:42

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:08 PM

Fat, bloated, alcoholic, has-been.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:10 PM

someone ought to tell this bitch he needs to dye his scruffy beard as well

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:15 PM

He's just trying to be more eponymous

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:16 PM

The US Open is in Flushing Meadows...hasn't been in Forest Hills in about 30 years.

Posted by Jeff | August 28, 2014 4:42 PM

Notable people from Forrest Hills:

Awkwafina (born 1989), rapper[citation needed]
Hank Azaria (born 1964), actor and voice artist[14]
Walter Becker (born 1950), half of the musical duo Steely Dan[15]
Joseph Bowler (born 1928), artist and illustrator[16]
Michael A. Burstein (born 1970), science fiction writer[17]
Dale Carnegie (1888–1955), self-improvement lecturer and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People[18] lived at 27 Wendover Rd in Forest Hills.
David Caruso, (born 1956), actor in CSI: Miami, and NYPD Blue[19]
Candy Darling (1944–1974), Warhol Superstar who appeared in a number of his films[20]
John R. Dilworth (born 1963), animator and creator of Cartoon Network's Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Sergei Dovlatov (1941–1990), Russian short story writer and novelist
Geraldine Ferraro (1935–2011), member of U.S. House of Representatives, television personality[21]
Art Garfunkel (born 1941), singer-songwriter[22][23]
Ernie Grunfeld (born 1955), former player and general manager of the New York Knicks[24]
Alan Hevesi (born 1940), disgraced former Comptroller of New York[25]
Steve Hofstetter (born 1979), comedian/radio personality[26]
John V. Hogan (1890–1960), radio pioneer[27]
John Francis Hylan (1848–1936), Mayor of New York City (1918–1925)[28]
Ethel D. Jacobs (1910–2001), thoroughbred horse owner and breeder, wife of Hirsch Jacobs[29]
Hirsch Jacobs (1904–1970), thoroughbred jockey, husband of Ethel Jacobs[30]
Donna Karan (born 1948), fashion designer[31]
Helen Keller (1880–1968), lecturer, author, fundraiser, activist[32]
Alan King (1927–2004), actor/comedian [33]
Andrea King (1919–2003), actress[34]
David Krumholtz (born 1978), actor[35][36]
Gary Kurfirst (1947–2009), concert promoter and record producer[37]
Michael Landon (1936–1991), actor known for his roles on Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie[38]
Harvey J. Levin (1924–1992), internationally recognized pioneer of communications economics, holder of Long Island's first professorial chair[39][40]
Jack McAuliffe (1866–1937), world lightweight boxing champion[41]
Min Xiao-Fen (born 1961), pipa player and vocalist [42]
Michele "Big Mike" Miranda (1896–1973), consigliere of the Genovese crime family and one of the most powerful New York gangsters in the 1950s and 1960s[43]
Carroll O'Connor (1924–2001), actor, best known for his role as Archie Bunker on All in the Family[44]
Rick Overton (born 1954), actor and comedian[45]
Susan Polgar (born 1969), chess grandmaster[46]
Dee Dee Ramone (1951–2002), bassist and songwriter of seminal punk rock band, the Ramones[47]
Joey Ramone (1951–2001), lead singer and songwriter of the Ramones[48]
Johnny Ramone (1948–2004), guitarist of the Ramones[49]
Tommy Ramone (1952–2014), record producer and musician with the Ramones[50]
Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957), psychiatrist known for his theories of Orgone energy[51]
Daniel Ribacoff (born 1959), private investigator and polygraph expert for The Steve Wilkos Show[52]
Ray Romano (born 1957), actor-comedian, best known for Everybody Loves Raymond[53]
Chris Rush, stand-up comedian[54]
Renato Russo (1960–1996), Brazilian bandleader
Joan Shawlee (née Fulton; 1926–1987), actress[55]
Paul Simon (born 1941), singer-songwriter[23]
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (born 1966), member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida's 20th congressional district.[56]
Tatiana Troyanos (1938–1993), mezzo-soprano known for her work at the Metropolitan Opera[57]
Bob Tufts (born 1955), former Major League Baseball pitcher[58]
Jeff Wayne (born 1943), musician known for his musical version of The War of the Worlds[59]
Katharine Weber (born 1955), novelist, author of five novels, including Triangle and True Confections.
Leslie West (born 1945), of the hard rock band Mountain[60]
Henry Willson (1911–1978), Hollywood agent[61]
Jack Wyatt (1917–2008), host of ABC's Confession; Episcopalian priest[62]
Gideon Yago (born 1978), journalist, former correspondent at MTV and CBS News[63]
Manuel Ycaza (born 1938), jockey inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame[64]

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:08 PM

Notable people from Flushing Meadows:

D (born 1967), commentor on blog Brooklyn Vegan [citation needed]

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:12 PM

Oh yeah? Well, I invented POGS, bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:50 PM

The old grizzly bear looks like even HE's getting tired of his own bullshit.

Posted by Rasmussen | August 28, 2014 8:48 PM

James Murphy is the only person from the 2000-2010 Brooklyn music scene that will be remembered in 20 years. Not one other person is as notable or accomplished. So many jealous crybabies here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 9:50 PM

LOL yeah, OK

Yeah Yeah Yeahs sold out MSG without breaking up as soon as the show was over

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 9:56 PM

Notable fucks I've given about all of this:

none.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 11:20 PM

Thank god that subway music thing got shot down.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 11:59 PM

and this blog is going to be on fire when jimmy inevitably announces the lcd reunion "one night only" show at msg in a few years, with tickets starting at $250.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:17 AM

Frohawk will be psyched

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 7:14 AM

cool idea, but what does james add to the project?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 10:49 AM

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