A drone’s bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles, California

By on August 15, 2015

When we came across this brand new drone-shot aerial video today, we knew it was something we had to share with Night Flight’s viewers, simply because, as it turns out, the best way to see L.A. is from the air.

This city-wide video captures a lot of memorable landmarks you may recognize — like the Hollywood sign, the Walt Disney Concert Hall on S. Grand Ave., Chris Burden‘s “Urban Light” assemblage sculpture in front of the plaza at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which is just a few blocks from this writer’s own humble abode — but what we really like about it is that it doesn’t shy away from showing you the other side of L.A., the underbelly of the city itself, and by that we mean wall after wall covered with street art and commissioned murals, the diurnal streets of downtown that are empty at night, the walking beams of the oil pumps in Baldwin Hills, etc.

This is the city-wide follow up to videographer Ian Wood‘s aerial exploration of downtown Los Angeles from last year, which you should check out too.

LAist adds: Wood’s Los Angeles short serves as a beautiful love letter to the city and Wood even provides an appropriately stirring soundtrack, courtesy of BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis. Wood points out that he felt the music—used with permission—is fitting for ‘a city of eclectic styles and influences, equal parts refined and rough edges.'”

BLu ACiD are Mischa den Haring and Jan Mittendorp, two Dutch musicians /producers.

Packing it all into one short-form video has been nigh impossible and much didn’t make it for safety, privacy or simply because I couldn’t make it 30 minutes long! Notably missing are: LAX Theme Building, both Gettys, some Lautner homes, numerous beautiful buildings, the Gabba gallery, many murals that vanished before I got to them, and much of downtown featured in last year’s video.

A map of the locations that can be seen in this aerial vid is here.

Download BLu ACiD’s “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” here.

Here’s a quick slideshow of show of the images from Wood’s drone’s bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles, California:

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(h/t LAist)

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.