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Do Not Hold The Doors (a Sound Transit music video)

I made a Sound Transit piano. I don’t know why I did it, but I did. So then I wrote a song. Then I made a video for that song. I have no regrets.

The samples were from a public disclosure request by Kevin Wallace back in 2016. He requested all the audio files from Sound Transit’s light rail service, and then posted the files online. I for some reason took those files and dropped them into the Cubase drum sampler Groove Agent so that I could play Samantha’s robotic voice on my piano. My train-loving four year old had a good time playing it. So did I.


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After spending some time with the tracks, I realized that Samantha sure talks a lot about doors. So I made a song about them. Then I took videos from the Sound Transit YouTube account and mixed those into a music video.

Here’s a making-of video about the process:

If you make your own Sound Transit song, be sure to post it in the comments below! I’d love to hear it.


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6 responses to “Do Not Hold The Doors (a Sound Transit music video)”

  1. Love it!

    Someone ought to request the sounds used in the new stations & Siemens LRVs… :)

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      Yeah! If only I knew someone with a history of success at such requests… :-)

  2. Jessi

    That’s some proper rail-gazing music.

  3. Millan

    I wish they kept the old recorded announcements instead of the computer-generated voice!

    1. dave

      It’d be cool if they got some celebrities to do recordings, like Seth Rogan did for Translink in Vancouver (or local musicians do at the airport)

  4. Dardanelles

    I keep thinking of the old ORCA card beeps and how I hoped/assumed someone would use them in a song at some point. Now I’m worried that someone was supposed to be me and I missed my chance!

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