IMG_4769It’s back!  For a fourth year in a row, Make Music New York and Friends of the High Line bring you The Gaits, a soundwalk a bunch of us proposed a few years ago for a MATA open call for parade ideas inspired by Phil Kline‘s Unsilent Night.  I love Unsilent Night – Phil Kline captured the warm, frosty glow of holiday music while creating a sense of community without needing to tap into a specific religious tradition.  I found that so inspiring, and went right to work coming up with a proposal that would be fruit of the same lovely tree.

So co-conspirators Jascha Narveson, Dan Iglesia, Cameron Britt and I all teamed up to create an event that would have that same sense of holiday spirit and community music making.  What’d we come up with?  The Gaits: an app for iphone (and this year android, thanks to Dan!) that employs users’ footsteps to create a unique, location based piece.  The Gaits only works on the High Line – the sounds we chose are specially linked to specific locations in the park (which we can ensure by tapping into the phone’s GPS information!).  And this year, we have a new and exciting finale to go with the new and extended northern finale of the high line!  Get ready for some pretty regal stuff!

The first sixty-five people to arrive (come early! last year we had about three hundred folks show up!) will get to borrow little external speakers to amplify their glorious chime and drone sounds.  I also heard a rumor that there may be hot chocolate this year… and i MAY bring yet another bucket of my freshly baked oatmeal choco chip cookies… no promises…

So come out and join us!  All the info you could ask for is on the MMNY site (check it out here) but shoot me an email if you have a question.  There are a bunch of fabulous parades being produced by MMNY all day all over the city on the 21st, so make sure to browse their site with a good appetite!

Want to download the free app?


Want to see the fun cover Time Out NY ran last year, illustrating the dream of Penguins doing the Gaits walk?


Want a tasty preview of The Gaits?  Check out Thomas Deneuville’s fabulous video from its first happening in 2011 below. Hope to see you there!

The Gaits – an interactive soundwalk for the High Line
5pm Sunday, December 21st, at the southern terminus of the High Line
(the base of the stairs at the entrance at Gansevoort and Washington Streets)