I’ve decided to postpone Sonic Peaks until 2021. As much as I’d like to do it this year it turns out that I have family members who are close to me that are struggling with some health issues and I need to be home to support them. And, of course, we are now in the middle of a global pandemic with COVID-19. Even if the Adirondacks open up later this year I’m guessing they will be mobbed with people; perhaps too many to make this project feasible. The High Peaks region is struggling with over crowding as it is and I don’t want to make it worse. So, let’s see how this goes, but for now I’m postponing it until 2021. Thank you for support thus far and I’ll let you know when it’s launching for real.
The last few days have been busy with emails, phone calls, and spreadsheets. Preparing for Sonic Peaks in practical terms has officially begun. My biggest concern at this point is making sure that I respect the local community and the shared resources. It’s possible that no one will care about this project, but it’s also possible that a lot of people will want to participate. However, the High Peaks region is already stressed from overuse, so I’m working hard to make sure I don’t make that problem worse. I now have a page on the website that outlines participation requirements. They’re not unduly severe, but people do have to show a certain level of commitment, and there will be a limit to group sizes.
I’m almost ready to go more public with the project, but I’m waiting to hear back from the rangers to make sure I have the green light from them. They are a critical part of this picture and I want to make sure I’m not making their jobs any harder than they already are.
A few years ago when I did my Sonic Divide project I remember a tipping point where I stopped dreaming and thinking and yearning for it, and actually set it in motion. But once it started it kept going for over three years! First there was the build up to the adventure itself, then the adventure, then six months of filmmaking, and then scores of concerts, film festivals, a recording, lectures, and a TEDx talk. Three years later I’m still sharing that wonderful adventure with people all over the world. I just got back from a festival in Mexico where we screened the short version of Sonic Divide film and I performed several of the pieces.
I think Sonic Peaks may go further. More people hike than bikepack. Hiking is cheaper and doesn’t require the added technique of keeping a bike working, and the Adirondacks are easily accessible from many major metropolitan areas in the Northeast. The pieces of music I’m composing with be open to anyone to participate–even if they don’t have a musical background (anyone can bang rocks together on cue!) so many more people can be involved in the adventure and the film.
The tipping point has arrived. I’m moving forward with Sonic Peaks, and I’m eager to make music on the summits of these gorgeous and rugged mountains.