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  • Trainluvr's remix of Organism (1975)

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    I love discovering old things that had long eluded me. In late 2015 I found on YouTube an amazing urbanist film plus an exciting instrumental tune, both from the 1970s. An independent film maker, Hilary Harris, along with his associates, collected time lapse images of Manhattan for over a decade, ending in 1975. He created a 19 minute film called Organism. The city when viewed fro above, appears as a single living organism. Harris later collaborated with the makers of my all time favorite film, Koyaanisqatsi (1983). To make Organism accessible to a wider audience, I decided to do a remix, emphasizing the transportation related shots. I had been searching for decent electronic music of the 20th Century on YouTube. Most of the older electronic music is boring and ridiculous. Just weeks before finding Organism, I discovered Knives, Feathers and Fire, a hyper instrumental rock tune with serious electronic elements. The fit with Organism is startling. It has just the right mix of complexity and repetitive flow, combined with a hard rock 1970s style. Enjoy this impossible to repeat remix of two great and nearly forgotten pieces of media.

    New M-1 trains and Amtrak Turbo at Harold Tower
    Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan approach roads (AM)
    Sunnyside Freight Yard
    53rd Street Line station escalators
    Fifth Avenue station platform (IND)
    Various midtown intersections
    Lincoln tunnel toll plaza with commuter buses (NJ)
    PABT ramps
    Lincoln tunnel approach helix
    Queens elevated trains approaching Queensborough Plaza from east
    BQE cantilever and Brooklyn Heights Promenade (1973 or 74)
    passengers boarding R-40M on the E followed by an R-38 on the E
    lower East River
    lower Manhattan skyline
    tenement building demolition (at a downtown triangle lot on a WB street at the beginning of a NB street)somebody identify?
    Boeing 727 approaching LGA with skyline
    JFK Central Terminal (original terminal 4)
    8th Avenue and W12th Street looking south (early 1960s)
    Washington Bridge and Major Deegan ramps
    Queens-Midtown Tunnel entrance plaza (mid 1960s)
    RSD and ramp to HHP from GWB
    8th Avenue at W41st Street looking NE (1974)
    Wollman Rink in Central Park
    Whitehall Terminal of the Manhattan-Staten Island Ferry (1972 or 73)
    Office Tower demolition
    Park Avenue (early 1960s)
    Hudson and Bethune SWC looking west (Greenwich Village)
    Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan approach roads (PM)
    Looking down from McGraw Hill Building at W42nd, W41st and 8th
    55 Water Street (post 1972)
    Grand Central Terminal main concourse and ticket counter
    NY Stock Exchange Floor
    Sanitation Truck unloading on pier
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street from above looking SE
    Cross Bronx Expressway at University Avenue looking west
    Central Park West at 61st - 62nd Thanksgiving Parade
    Miller (West Side) Highway NB exit at W72nd Street
    Civic Center (north western part) in WTC shadow
    WTC office interior
    Civic Center and Two Bridges areas in WTC shadow
    Avery Fisher Hall at night
    (probably) 7th Avenue looking south in Midtown at night
    Looking north through midtown at night from east of 6th Ave and W39
    8th Ave in the 40s in traffic looking north (Columbus statue visible)
    morning rush hour at the entrance to the 7th Ave IND subway station 53rd and 7th NEC
    final shot is 7th and 53rd looking SE Show less
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