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Video: Orchestra performs from 9 NYC subway stations via Skype

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014

Trolling through Instagram pictures of your friends’ meal/child/dog is no longer the best use of NYC's new subway Wi-Fi.

As reported by The Village Voice, filmmaker Chris Shimojima recently brought together 11 musicians, a composer, and a team of 40 volunteers for an experiment called "Signal Strength", in which musicians at nine different Wi-Fi-enabled subway stations collaborated over Skype to compose the most kick-ass orchestra ever assembled underground. The group used various instruments, including accordion, bass, trumpet, and even a saw and human beatbox, with a single conductor making the magic happen from Bryant Park, using multiple Skype-enabled computer screens.

The orchestra members were stationed in various subway locales around Midtown and UWS where they could find relatively quiet surroundings, and good Wi-Fi signals. And although some of the musicians didn't know how to read music -- or couldn’t meet for rehearsals -- the end result ended up being the coolest subway performance you'll ever see (and that includes the "Showtime!" guys). Check it out below.

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Pete Dombrosky is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist and he now feels the urge to tip every subway performer he sees. Follow him underground on Twitter.

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