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.
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.
6 responses to “Do Not Hold The Doors (a Sound Transit music video)”
Someone ought to request the sounds used in the new stations & Siemens LRVs… :)
Yeah! If only I knew someone with a history of success at such requests… :-)
That’s some proper rail-gazing music.
I wish they kept the old recorded announcements instead of the computer-generated voice!
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)
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!