The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

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Friday, December 21, 2012 - 7:30am to 8:30am

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

Turn your footsteps into sound during an evening stroll on the High Line.

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk is a free, downloadable iPhone application that features a score of electric guitar chords, zen gongs, and more composed by Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, and Cameron Britt, produced by Friends of the High Line in association with MATA and Make Music New York, and developed by Daniel Iglesia.

As participants walk, footsteps are turned into instrumental sounds as they move through a series of composed spaces along the High Line.

To join the fun, download the iPhone application and arrive promptly at 3:30 PM on the High Line at the southern end, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Together the group will walk north along the mile-long park.


If you own a small portable speaker, bring it along to use during the soundwalk, or be one of the first 50 participants to arrive at the meeting location to borrow a free, wearable speaker for the duration of the event.

For those who need elevator access, enter the High Line via the elevator at West 16th Street and 10th Avenue, and walk south toward Gansevoort Street.

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Rain or shine.

Make Music New York's second annual Make Music Winter features twelve participatory, musical parades throughout New York City on December 21st, the first night of winter. Inspired by composer Phil Kline's annual Unsilent Night, which has drawn thousands of participants since its launch in 1992, Make Music Winter includes innovative projects for bells, brass bands, electric guitars, iPhones, percussionists, singers, strings, and more. Like its summer counterpart, Make Music Winter is free, outdoors, and profoundly participatory. All are invited to join in. Details are available at

New York composer Lainie Fefferman has written music for voices, orchestral instruments, banjoes, bagpipes, shawms, car parts, and electronic media. Her music draws inspiration from the rigorous, the gorgeous, the nasty, and the zany. She began her studies as a math major, but ended up a composer at Yale and is now working toward a PhD in composition at Princeton. Her recent collaborators include Newspeak, JACK Quartet, So Percussion, and electric guitar quartet Dither. She has sung at the United Nations, been a rehearsal pianist at Westminster Choir College, and performed on kazoo with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Laboratories mainframe computer singing “Bicycle Built for Two.” Awash in the sounds of chamber music recitals in his parents’ house-concert series from an early age, he spent his high-school years playing in improvisatory un-music bands and listening to increasingly esoteric music from various corners of the globe and subcultural strata of the industrialized world. These influences mixed with intensive traditional training in North and South Indian rhythmic traditions, a summer residency with Bang On A Can, and degrees in acoustic and electronic composition from Wilfrid Laurier University, Wesleyan’s MA in experimental and world music, and Princeton’s doctoral program. His music is a vibrant testament to these influences, combining the Western composer’s love of novelty with an unshakable devotion to rhythm, physicality and “flow” inherited from everywhere else. His music has been played in many places by many people, some of them famous, others deserving of fame, all of them deserving of thanks.

Composer, percussionist and electronic musician N. Cameron Britt is a PhD candidate in composition at Princeton University. As a percussionist he performs with Dithyramb, a free improvisation duo with cellist Tom Kraines, and he has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony and many other orchestras throughout the Southeast. His compositions have been performed by the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, janus, NOW Ensemble and PLOrk. He is currently building an electromagnetically actuated vibraphone, which should be pretty cool.

Daniel Iglesia creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. His works have taken the form of concert works for instruments and electronics, live audio and video performance, generative and interactive installations, and collaborations with many disciplines such as theater and dance. His work has been presented in such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, Eyebeam Gallery, the Kitchen, the Experimental Media Series at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Art.Tech@The Lab (San Francisco), the Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg) and the World Expo 2010 (Shanghai). His concert works have been performed by the California EAR Unit, So Percussion, the SEM Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Ostravska Banda, and many others. He has a doctorate from Columbia, and co-led PLOrk in 2010 and 2011. He recently gave a talk on PLOrk at TEDx Brooklyn.


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