Research

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.

Sonic Kayaks (2016)

Developing a sonic kayak with underwater sensors and hydrophones – sonifying the sounds of the water below.

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Edgard Varèse professorship (2016)

Creating the new sensory bike Berlin with TU students – a sonic bike dependant on how you ride.

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London Lab Research (on going)

Bike as Instrument #1

Day 1 of interaction residency with Sukander and Kaffe March 2016 – the aim: to turn the bicycle into an instrument. Lab test with infra-red (IR) receivers.

Bike as Instrument #2

Day 3 of interaction residency. Test ride in London Fields, using a Hall effect sensor – chosen for strong sunlight conditions.

Speaker positioning

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 CameronKaffe and Sukander this spring / summer 2016.

Pure data

A series of BRI hosted Pure data workshops in spring 2016 with a view to working with live data inputs from sonic bike riding in future. Led by Andy Farnell with Kaffe and a brilliant new group of BRI coders.

Sub woofer

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.

Tandems and cargo bikes

Ideas of sonic biking for families in cargo bikes and pairs on tandems is leading investigation into new designs for the travelling sonic bike group. A future BRI aim for Kaffe and Lisa.

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.

Bike movement synthesis

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.

Bike-to-bike interactivity

On going development into interactivity, the first step shown here with wibbling tones affected by the proximity of other bikes. Experiments led by Kaffe and Dave with help from Ryan, Cat and lots of other park goers in 2013.

Bike-to-bike interactivity III

On going development into interactivity: testing out new ‘ghost zones’ at the same time as modulation between two bikes. Led by Kaffe and Dave in summer 2013, with bike testing from Ryan and Cat.

Bike-to-bike interactivity II

On going development into interactivity: shown here with modulation between two bikes – causing their proximity to one another to affect the speed and pitch of sound. Led by Kaffe and Dave in summer 2013, with bike chasing testing from Ryan and Cat.

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