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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Remix the Metro: Can you make music from the noise of D.C.'s aging escalators?

By Click Track

Update, Thursday: Listen to the winners of our Remix the Metro contest!

Update, Wednesday: Sorry for the delay folks, but we need a little more time. The Click Track team has been pulled into some reporting work, but we promise to finish reviewing the entries today and will post the results Thursday around 11 a.m. Thank you for your patience!

Update, Tuesday: Thanks everyone for the fantastic entries we've gotten so far! We'll accept new entries until midnight tonight and then unveil our favorites Wednesday.

Gallery Place Metro Station. (Melina Mara/Washington Post)

Original post: In Saturday's Washington Post (and online now), pop music critic Chris Richards writes about the "secret jazz" of Washington's grinding, moaning Metro escalators.

Now it's your chance to remix the cacophony.

The challenge: Use one or more of the five audio clips (mp3s) below to create a unique song and upload it using the submission form below. You could mix in a melody, lay down a rhythm section or sweeten it with some horns: The only requirement is that your song incorporate the sound of the escalators. We'll showcase our favorites on Click Track after the holiday weekend.

(Note: To save mp3 files in Firefox, right click and hit "save link as.")

wikiHow: How to remix a song

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By Click Track  | January 14, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
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I'm all over this.

P.S. If you guys wanted the best quality audio, you should've uploaded the original .WAV's instead of these compressed 128kbps MP3's.

.WAV's are also much easier to import into most audio production programs...

Seriously not a big deal though. :)

Posted by: steampunk | January 14, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hello guys, what format are these clips? I'm getting gibberish when I try to download.

Posted by: aoscruggs | January 16, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It sounds more like it is saying:
Oil can!

Posted by: observer1776 | January 16, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the escalators. When the southbound train pulls away from the Mt. Vernon Square platform, it does the first few notes of "Johanna" from Sweeney Todd.

Posted by: clarkjerome | January 16, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

These things take time! How about extending the deadline?

Posted by: getjiggly2 | January 17, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Here you go. I uploaded my mp3 called "farragut-metro-flutes". Wouldn't it help to cover the cacophony by having buskers/musicians performing nearby to soften the noise that jangles the nerves?

Posted by: jlr7 | January 17, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@getjiggly2 how much time do you need?

Posted by: Mike McPhate | January 17, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

After conferring with my ensemble of noisicians, I'm going to say two weeks would help...four would be even better. If that's at all possible. We might have something ready as soon as tomorrow. Hard to say.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | January 18, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

So I had pictures from when I visited Washington about a year ago. I mixed them up and created a video to go with the music at if you want to check it out.

Posted by: jlr7 | January 18, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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