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now open at SOUND CHECK, Science Gallery, Dublin. BOOK YOUR RIDE HERE

Poverty addiction tie-in. Spoken word. Playing through Dublin.

A new collaboration for Kaffe with author Mia Gallagher, based on her novel HellFire which tells the story of recovering heroin addict Lucy Dolan as she returns to the city  revisiting places where things have happened. With electronic music made alongside to nurture, counterpoint and surprise, the rider will discover different threads of narrative, building their own understanding as they go.  CLOSES 24.09.17



Music made by the journey you take,  played with the space that you move through


a presentation at the RA Sound|Making| Space series, London

Kaffe is delighted to be presenting bicrophonics at the Sound | Making | Space, RA talks,

the Geological Society, Piccadilly, London W1

on Monday 6 February 2017, 6.30 — 8.30pm.
Sound waves interact with solid structures and pass through living bodies, defining the spatial parameters of our built environment, and revealing otherwise hidden dimensions of architecture through echo and reverberation. Equally, the ways that architecture is used to frame the human voice and urban rhythms, as well as music, influences the mood or temperament of the spaces we inhabit, and has shaped contemporary modes of listening. Introducing the dimension of time through sound can bring a space to life, and generate an effective relationship with architecture, a form of empathy with the building.

Bringing together practitioners that engage with space through sound, join us for an evening of short performances, followed by a discussion, to explore how the making of sound and music open up new ways of thinking about architecture.

Speakers/ performers include:
Dr. Gascia Ouzounian – Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and co-director of Recomposing the City.
Mark Bain – American artist-researcher in vibrational mechanisms and experimental sound architecture.
Lee Berwick – London-based sound artist who works with the physicality of sound, space, energy, intention and performance.
Kaffe Matthews – Composer and co-founder of Bicrophonics Research Institute, previous Edgard Varèse Guest Professor, TU Berlin.

Sound | Making | Space is organised in collaboration with the doctoral programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


4 new Sensory Bikes completed in Berlin

4 new sensory bikes developed & built during Kaffe’s bicrophonic professorship TU Berlin.  Launched September

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Sonic Kayaks launch @ British Science Festival


After being back on the water with FoAM Kernow and Dr. Kirsty Kemp in July, we completed in August and launched two Sonic Kayaks on 5th September at The British Science Festival  in Swansea SA2 0AY.  Hosted and enabled by the expert 360 Watersports centre, it was an inspiring adventure, with all  rides sold out to enthusiastic paddling visitors.

The kayaks trail underwater heat sensors which play changing notes as the surface temperature rises and falls. With a carefully mounted stereo system, underwater microphone and samples mapped to different locations, the paddler can utilise an extra dimension of senses with which to explore the underwater world, whilst also gathering important climate/environmental data.  MORE.


See IMAGES from Sonic Kayak HackLab March 2016

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lean to go up, slow to go loud launches mikromusik festival, Thursday 1st September

An interactive vocal piece performed from several instrumental sonic bikes, made by Kaffe and Sukander Kartadinata where the redesigned sonic bikes, aka sensory bikes, played as instruments when ridden through the Elisabeth kirche yard. MORE.

1-4 September 2016, at Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin. DETAILS.


Edgard Varèse professorship completes with SoundCycleGarden & Open Day

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Kaffe’s three month professorship at TU celebrated – the NEW sensory bike revealed and available for you to ride:


pieces for bikes and plants

Saturday 16th July 13.00-16.00h in the Tiergarten, Berlin with picnic. FREE,  all welcome.
~ pieces made by Chiara Kramer, Evelyn Saylor, Philipp Sehling and Marcus Zepp, who have been exploring bicrophonics with Kaffe @ TU, supported by Sukandar Kartadinata and David Runge. Find the sonic bikes at the PICNIC zone marked below.  Bicrophonic Research, TU Berlin, has been supported by the DAAD funded Edgar Varèse guest professorship & INM.

Audio Communications Open Day

Monday 18th July 18.15h MediaLab, TU. Bicrophonic presentation, demonstration and new bikes to ride.

Kaffe and the students to present bicrophonics and show developments made. The four bikes will then be available to ride alongside an Audio Communications BBQ.  DETAILS.

Listen on SoundCloud

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You can now hear some bicrophonic pieces on SoundCloud. All recorded from a bike in situ unless the track tells you otherwise

Listen:   – to Porto and a route along the River Douro, with Pollution Song & Egg cells in Opera fiXi

– to The Marja Trio on Hailuoto Island, Finland. Frozen songs pitched at the frequency of the three mast’s hums;

– to VIP Passport song and Prince & Racism in E Berlin, a bicrophonic work made in Molenbeek, Brussels, Finding Song Home;

…  MORE.

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