Music made by the journey you take, played with the space that you move through.
Bicrophonics is about the mobility of sound, experienced and shared within a moving space, free of headphones and free of the internet. It was first explored through Matthews’ early experiments with the Radio Cycle project 2002 which inspired the making of the first sonic bike in The Marvelo Project of 2008. Original concept read more…
We at the Bicrophonic Research Institute(BRI) are exploring and developing a practice in bicrophonics. We work collectively to make site related mobile sound performances, through the making, design and development of sonic bikes. Bicrophonics can also be experienced through other kinds of mobility and we’re beginning to experiment with sonic kayaks and sonic walking.
We work with an open door policy, using open source software applications to make mobile and adaptable kits, all information of which we share online. We also run a variety of WORKSHOPS and LAB DAYS, inviting the most inspiring interdisciplinary expertise to come share and develop bicrophonics with all participants. We welcome contributions from anyone interested.
The sonic bike can be many things – a musical instrument, a portable stage, a game player, a doorway to listening and looking that creates good health – all of which can be explored to make unique experiences.
Day 3 of interaction residency. Test ride in London Fields, using a Hall effect sensor – chosen for strong sunlight conditions.
There is ongoing need to design bars that hold speakers in a variety of positions, for different riding situations. A new adjustable speaker bar is on the horizon thanks to Cameron, Kaffe and Sukander this spring / summer 2016.
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 in 2016.
Bike as Instrument #3
Interaction residency continued. Test ride in the BRI yard, using IR receivers – in hind site these can be seen to work brilliantly, but in low light only. For more detail, read the blog from here.
Ongoing development into user control: experiments with accelerometers, to synthesise sound dependent on the vibration of the bike, making holes in the tarmac and bumps musical. Led by Kaffe and Dave with help from Ryan and Kat in 2013.