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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Listen to the winners of our Remix the Metro contest!

By Click Track

Metro escalatorsPhoto illustration by Christopher Meighan.

In last Saturday's Washington Post, pop music critic Chris Richards wrote about the secret music of Washington's run-down Metro escalators.

Here on Click Track, we asked you to come up with some music of your own by remixing the Metro's strange creaking sounds.

The response was overwhelming. Listen to our winners and numerous honorable mentions below!


First place: Joe Boston, "Get On Now"

The squeaky, three-note sequence made by the escalators at the Smithsonian stop reminded us of jazz. It apparently reminded our first place winner, Joe Boston, of Baltimore club music and Timbaland. We like this better than most of the production on the latest M.I.A. album.

Second place: John Yaya, "Last Train to Limbo"

This contestant used the escalators' moans and groans to add a foreboding mood to this bizarre surfy, jazzy tune. His mutterings about waiting for the train make the proceedings pretty creepy, too.

Third place: Judy, "Farragut Metro Flutes"

Both breathy and glitchy, we really enjoyed Judy's new-age-ish approach to softening Metro's squeal-n-grind.


Honorable mentions:

Gangly Verbs, "When Robots Become Lovers"

Jeremy Joseph, "Metro to Mars"

Rob Greenway, "Commuter Song"

John Yaya, "Misty Businesswoman"

Joe Futrelle, "Songs of the Humpback Escalator"

Bomis Prendin, "Lost Escalator"

By Click Track  | January 20, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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"Last Train To Limbo" gets my vote. The voice makes it a lot more interesting.

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 21, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

these are so cool! There's a free iPhone app called TinyVox that makes it super easy to record audio and share with friends on facebook, twitter and tumblr or email it as an MP3. This is the perfect artsy use for it -- "found sound."

Posted by: akumar1 | January 21, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I always thought the weird noises of Metro escalators were worth listening to, but this idea was brilliant. Thanks for all your efforts!

Posted by: scottandrewtaylor | January 21, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Go Joe Boston!

Posted by: tcarty | January 21, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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