Leave it up to James Murphy to come through with something as rad/ridiculous as this… The former LCD Soundsystem frontman teamed up with IBM and using an algorithm, turned real-time data from the US open into 189 tracks (clocking in at a whopping 400 hours) of bleeps and beats that would provide the perfect soundtrack to an 8 or 16 bit video game.
The songs were crafted using an array of synthesizers and capture all the smashes, aces, volleys, foot faults and rallies of the tournament not to mention all the highs, lows and drama of the prestigious event.
You can stream the complete
game set match of tunes via IBM’s Soundcloud player below and some of Murphy’s faves even come with a more detailed description of how the match played out.
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.
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.
ICYMI - LCD Soundsystem might be gone but they’re definitely not forgotten and if you missed out on their (The) Long Goodbye recorded live at Madison Square Garden release earlier this year we highly recommend reliving the magic.