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Happy Winter Solstice 2011: Make Music NY Comes to the F-Line

Making the darkest day of the year a little brighter, Make Music NY (Winter) decided to hold a series of musical parades on December 21st. One of the events was Thru-Line from James Holt, MATA & The Knights, which took place on the NYC MTA's subway F line.  From 7 to 8 pm, you could hear J.S. Bach performed on every one of its 44 Coney Island Bound subway platforms.

Wanting to go, I also decided to experiment with my new iPad2 as a recording device to see how it would handle indoors in a noisy, busy environment. But it was also a challenge as the event lasted only one hour.  In the end, I got to visit 8 stations and used almost half of everything I shot. There wasn't much time to think about anything, just get off the train, shoot for about 2 or 3 minutes and then jump on the next train. (Oh and to try to get the best sound quality with no trains coming in and out of the station.)

I also edited it in just about 90 minutes. Of course with such beautiful music and the awesome structure of our subway system, these kinds of montages are not very hard to make look wonderful. Next up:  I'll try the iPad outdoors on a sunny day.

Oh and just in case you haven't seen it, we did another one-day turnaround video on Make Music NY's first event back in 2007.

 

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Clarence Eckerson Jr.:  [00:06] Hey everybody, Clarence here from Streetfilms, and today is Make Music NY Winter.  We’re out on every Coney Island bound station platform of the F-Line.  We’ll be playing Johann Sebastian Bach. 

 

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Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Does anybody know the particular segment the young lady is playing at 1:07?

  • Melissa

    Write to MMNY and they can let you know!

  • http://karenlynnallen.blogspot.com/ Karen Lynn Allen

    Lovely. I hope the musicians have faith that even if it looks like few are paying attention, music like this can be transformational. A couple years ago my family took a night bike tour of Paris. (*Loads* of fun.)  Since we had little idea of Paris bicycle infrastructure, we trusted our guide to know where we were going as we wove through the dark city (wearing fluorescent vests bright enough we probably could've been seen from space.) At one point we crossed a bridge, rode under an archway. Suddenly we were in the Cour Carree of the Louvre, its Renaissance facades lit and glowing, where a violinist was playing Bach or Vivaldi as if on cue to create the soundtrack for our visit. I suppose it was a combination of the surprise, the architecture, the music, the acoustics, and the flowing movement that bicycling provided, but circling that courtyard was like soaring through centuries of European culture. Without the music it would've been fun. With the music it was spectacular, an exhilarating moment I'll never forget. 

    Musical is visceral. It leaps past the intellect straight into the soul. Who knows what stories someone has to tell of Winter's Solstice, 2011, on the New York subway? (I am amazed and even a little scared you could make a video this evocative on an iPad2!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Iamtoddedelman Todd Edelman

    Hey, nice use of dissolves and door closings (and openings?) as transitions....