The London Lab has played host to many development stages in bicrophonics over 10+ years, including interaction development for bike-as-instrument and bike-to-bike communication along with hardware design improvements.
The Sensory Bike was first prototyped back in 2013 with Kaffe, Dave, Ryan and Cat. In March 2016 we were delighted to welcome Sukander Kartadinata for an Interaction Residency, coming to work with Kaffe to develop the sonic bike into more of an instrument. Our aim was to enable the rider to play the sound from the bike by how they ride. Not just to trigger a different sample in a different way, but to allow for example the rider to cycle through a sound or synthesize it directly by their pedalling. Following this, extensive development took place during Kaffe’s Berlin based Edgard Varèse professorship in 2016 which realised the completion of the Sensory Bike.
Infa-red (IR receivers)
In hind site these can be seen to work brilliantly, but in low light only. MORE
Prototype experiments in sound synthesis dependent on the vibration of the bike, making holes in the tarmac and bumps musical.
Read the full details about the Interaction Residency with Sukander in the Blog starting here.
The newly found minirig speakers, first used on the sonic trike, also come with a small self powered sub woofer and so BRI plans are forming to integrate the sub into new sonic bikes designs, adding bass to the biking experience.
Three bikes explore bike swarm behaviour using FM transmission, android app and accelerometers to change ring modulated tones through motion and tilt. MORE.
A raspberry pi was used to create a bike mesh network to play further desensitized accelerometer driven modulation between two sonic bikes. MORE.