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SPAC brings musical accompaniment to walks in the Spa State Park

Mark Mulholland
Updated: September 18, 2020 05:51 PM
Created: September 18, 2020 05:01 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Beginning Monday, you'll need some headphones or earbuds to experience the Spa State Park in a whole new way. It's the most recent way SPAC is bringing music and art to the people at a time when people can't gather at SPAC.

They're putting on virtual concerts, socially distanced camps and dance classes. And now a GPS-enabled app that brings the perfect accompaniment to a walk or hike through the park.

"Ellen Reid Soundwalk" is named after the composer who wrote and recorded the music specific to the Spa State Park.

"And you download the walk, put on your headphones and away you go," said Chris Shiley, SPAC's senior director of artistic planning, who took NewsChannel 13 along for a test walk.

"As you walk through the echoes and go from one to the other, the music will change depending upon what echo you're in," said Shiley. "It creates this natural soundtrack to your normal hiking experience."

There are even some "Easter Eggs," some surprises added by the app developer, including SPAC's summer tenant, the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing famous works, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

The app is available in the App Store.

According to SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol, it is the organization's latest work to brighten what has been a dark time for the arts.

"Just one way in which we've been trying to keep the flame alive and remind people why it's so important to gather in places of beauty, around beauty," she said.

"Soundwalk" is available at 12:01 Monday morning through Nov. 1.


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