The new Buzz Bike is for someone to pedal and someone to lie in its vibrating wooden chamber, it’s music changing as it glides through streets and byways. However, the aim is to give music to the cyclist and the passenger not just through their ears but also through their bodies, so the Buzz Bike uses our Sonic Bike GPS tracking system, but extended through multi audio channels and sympathetic vibration.
Kaffe Matthews & David Moorcroft at the Wheel Ways launch, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, 2018. Photos by Andy Moor.
The vibratory aspect of the music is created through using four transducers fitted tight to the underside of the box and seat. Two positioned under the legs and butt of the passenger, the third behind their back and the fourth under the seat of the cyclist. The box’s base is built with 18mm marine ply and the sides with 12mm, screwed and glued so that it’s wooden surfaces sympathetically vibrate with the music and not rattle. There are also four mounted speakers, two at the front of the box and two at the back, surrounding the passenger.
Buzz Bike has been designed and built by Kaffe and the BRI in collaboration with Nick Martin, Imagineer Technologies, produced and commissioned by Imagineer Productions for the Coventry Sonic Bike Opera, 2021. It was launched at Wheel Ways, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in September 2018.
The current design uses the same core hardware kit as on the sonic bike design, but adds on additional transducers, speakers and relevant powering to make an 8 channel, vibrating sonic experience for all of the riders and passengers aboard.
8 Channel Audio Configuration:
The bike frame is a custom design made of three bicycle cut and welded together to create a reverse tricycle base, that the cargo box (aka the acoustic chamber) sits upon.
The handlebars are attached to the side of the cargo box, giving a unique new type of steering.
And yes she’s easy to ride and turns on a pin head.
Read the full making of Buzz Bike in the blog #buzz-bike