[Update: 1/20/11 – How about that. I placed third!]
The Washington Post’s music blog, Click Track, is currently running a challenge to see who can mix the sounds that come from the “metro’s rundown escalators.” It’s not a contest, although that would have been nice. The winner (voted on by those who have to listen to the escalators on daily commutes) gets a year’s subscription to the Post. Oh well.
Does anyone know? Do they allow buskers/musicians to play (without paying incredible fees) in the stations in Washington? There is an answer, it seems to me.
On to the challenge — check it out for yourself. Posted in “Remix the Metro” there are five mp3 files, one for each of the stations at:
I couldn’t resist. With a time limited, fair attempt, I ended up using “Farragut North” for the main rhythm section with a couple of highlights from “Metro Center”. But Benning Road held no musical magic for me.
You may notice the absence of ukulele. I tried. But the sounds just really suggested another instrument to cover the cacophony.
There wasn’t too much change to the escalator sounds in my editing. Cutting. Looping. A minor (yes, a pun) tweak to the pitch so the key of the NA style flute would be better suited.
I just know there’s someone in the ukulele community that could create an enhancement to the sounds provided.
Go for it.