James Murphy The US Open Sessions (remixes)
Published Sep 10, 2014Former LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy recently spearheaded a unique project in which he turned raw data from US Open tennis matches into electronic music using a computer algorithm. Now, he has turned a couple of those pieces into remixes.
One of these remixes is labelled "Match 4," while the other is "Match 104." Both of these consist of bloopy electronic tones and urgent rhythms that underscore the tension of the match. Both remixes are below.
It's not immediately clear who was involved in these tennis matches, but here's Murphy's description of "Match 4":
When a young player beats a top-seeded player, like in this match from August 25th, it's bound to make some noise. And in this case, that noise is glorious: a series of simple, almost sweet opening notes that slowly transform into unexpectedly intense, mature sounds. Beats bubble up from out of nowhere, swiftly take over and set the track in an uncompromising new direction. Hear how James portrays the swagger of the younger player and the relentless drama of the match in the deep, pulsing beats.
And here's the description for "Match 104":
When this match began, it could have been either player's game. And like the match that inspired it, this track opens with beats that are balanced–intense but equal, just like the players–with no instrument clearly taking the lead. The music pulses steadily until the last half of the track, when the instruments start to break form as one player falls behind, and the other takes the lead. The track ends with a soft, high-pitched whistle that ushers the defeated player off the court.