Ten Years After

Rummaging around in here I discovered I still had a YouTube account, from the days before it became the quagmire of advertising and tracking it has become, which lead me to this old post from a decade ago:

The iPad was a mere one year old at the time but was already showing signs of its potential for making interesting noises. I suspect the missing video was for an, alas short lived and no longer available, app called Konkreet Performer which was an early attempt at new ways to interact with sounds on iPads:

A 2011 Konkreet Performer promotional video

Things have evolved over the years and today you have AudioBus to pump sound between apps, AUM to connect and mix instruments and effects and countless apps like TouchScaper and SoundScaper and even some that are not called somethingScaper. Although Smule still have some apps available their MadPad has also vanished; as has the Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra.

The other video in that old post was a young Frank Zappa performing on a bicycle during the Steve Allen TV show in March 1963. Many years ago I read about this but who could imagine that decades later and thousands of miles away you can sit on a sofa with an iPad watching the video and also learn how, in late 1962, the young Zappa would hang out in Don Preston‘s garage improvising soundtracks to various film clips. Preston had a range of junk percussion ‘instruments’ he used including a bicycle.

An Autumnal Stroll

Not having left home (apart from popping out to Unicorn) for some time (7th October seems to have been the last time) and it being a relatively nice day I ventured out to Marple with my bus pass on the train. From Marple I followed the Peak Forest Canal towpath before dropping down into New Mills and then looping back towards Strines where I caught the train back.

The route

According to the myTracks app it was 7.81 miles and took 2 hours 25 minutes. The elevation map makes for interesting viewing:

Locks take the canal up to the higher level. I take path down into the valley then up the other side.

The canal sits high up on the side of the valley as it heads out towards the Peaks. As the other end is much lower there are 16 locks at Marple to lift the canal over 200 feet.

Some Marple Locks

There is a steep drop down to the floor of the valley to follow the river Goyt into New Mills.

River Goyt
The river is a lot livelier around the old mills in New Mills. Viewed from the Millennium Walkway.

There is a long climb up the other side of the valley and then another drop down to Strines station.

Path down to Strines