Lancaster’s musical road to be closed

Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 8:32 | Posted in music, odd, USA | 13 Comments

A road strip in Lancaster California has been equipped with grooves cut into the surface in order to produce a sound which bears a resemblance to the William Tell Overture. It is one of three musical roads in the World, the other two being in Japan and South Korea. The musical road is a courtesy of Honda.

Hearing the music for a short moment as you drive by at a speed of 55 mph may be nice but local residents do not think so. They have to bear with the sound every single time somebody drives by. The music was designed to sound good in a car but what the residents hear is different.

The Lancaster musical road is now going to be closed but thanks to the Tube the experience is going to be available for us.

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  1. I somehow imagine that this experience works better on YouTube than on the road. And all my symphaty to the locals. I can imagine their frustration, similar to the one I experience every time I hear the standard Nokia cell phone signal, a sound that could incite me to kill.

  2. Larko, the word is “bears” as in ‘endures’, not “bares” as in ‘disrobes’.
    You mis-spelled it twice in the story above.
    Also it’s “hear” not “here”
    Fun story though, thanks!

  3. Geir, I would certainly not want to live close to a musical road. The idea sounds cute (although expensive) but a road like that should absolutely be placed basically in the middle of nowhere.

    Bill, I fixed those errors. Thanks.

  4. i live in lancaster right up the street from this road and this road is so gay the sound it makes sucks and so many dumb people that live out here do like ten u turns and keep driving over the road believe me no one will miss this road when they get rid of it on the 22

  5. I guess William Tell is not very popular in Lancaster, Matt. Enjoy the peace and quiet nights.

  6. it isn’t near any houses, i live about a mile and a half from the road, and i don’t see how you can hear it through the desert wind. i think it’s cool, and it’s kind of embarrassing how people don’t have a sense of humor about it.

    and no, it sounds better in person than on the youtube video.

  7. This town has nothing to begin with & now with the removal of the musical road we’ll have even less. There are far too many cranky arse people in this god-forsaken valley complaining about NOTHING. Get a life people and let the rest of us enjoy something in the AV for a change.

    Such a shame that we were given something unique… thanks for ruining it for the rest of us.

  8. Absolutely a shame this is being covered up. One of *three* such roads in the world, and we have the gall to destroy it. And seriously, the thing is in the middle of nowhere. Anyone who hears it from their home should look into superheroing.

  9. I AGREE WITH ALEX AND SLAPSHOT. I MADE THE DRIVE YESTERDAY AND IT WAS “COOL”. EVEN IF YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE THE SONG, IT IS AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. MUCH MORE PLEASANT THAN SITTING AT A SIGNAL AND HAVING OUR EARS RAPED BY SOME INCONSIDERATE JERK BLASTING WHATEVER CRAP THEY LISTEN TO FROM THEIR CAR. TRULY, I AM ASHAMED THAT WE WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN FOUR PLACES IN THE WORLD AND WE WANT TO HAVE IT PAVED OVER. WHAT’S NEXT….. THE POPPY FIELDS?

  10. I LIKED IT.

  11. [...] “Alvin And The Chipmunks”. The streets are situated in Hokkaido, Wakayama and Gunma. One has been sponsored by Honda in Lancaster, California, one plays “Marry Had a Little Lamb” in Anyang South Korea, and yet another [...]

  12. I guess Lancaster didn’t need the publicity – think the city would be happy to be on the map for being in the “Top 100 Dangerous Cities in the US” – seriously, that’s legit… and sad

  13. Good news! The Musical Road in Lancaster Calif has been rebuilt in a new location miles from any residential neighborhoods. The new location is on West Avenue G and is easily accessed by exiting the 14 fwy at Ave G and heading west about a mile. Stay in the left lane and the music begins! http://www.musicalroad.net


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