Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship bicrophonics @ TU, Berlin (2016)

In 2015, Kaffe was awarded the Edgard Varèse Guest Professorship in computer music from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Technical University Berlin, Audio communication Group.

She used this opportunity to teach bicrophonics and develop sonic bike interaction with students, designing the new sensory bike Berlin  during the summer semester 2016.

SoundCycleGarden, pieces for bikes and plants, was a weekend of sonic cycling that showcased the students work and the new sensory bike berlin on 16 July in the Tiergarten.

Technische Universität Berlin, Fakultät I Geisteswissenschaften, Institut für Sprache und Kommunikation, Einsteinufer 17c, Sekr. EN 8, 10587 Berlin.

Bicrophonics Theory

Weekly lectures introducing the theory of bicrophonics air as medium, psychogeography, aural architecture, sonification & multichannel practices.  MORE.

The background to bicrophonics //The birth of bicrophonics // Social and technological space // Sociality of sound // Understanding listening through context // Aural architecture inside and out goes mapping // Sound sources and sonification in sites //

New Design

New speaker bar design: Together with Christophe Vaillant from the Berliner Lastenrad-Netzwerk we have come up with this new design for the sonic bikes in Berlin. The small minirig speakers are fixed in inner tube holders on an adjustable metal frame – made entirely from recycled bike parts.

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Bicrophonics Practical


Weekly sessions tutoring and facilitating students in the practical making of bicrophonic works: hardware, software, Pd, mapping & bike as instrument. MORE.

In practical labs with Kaffe, Sukander and TU students, the ‘Hall effect’ sensor is here created through four magnets on spokes to one magnet on frame making pulse affected by speed of spin. MORE.

Careful positioning of two magnets on either side of the bike front stem and stiffened break cables produce surprisingly sensitive results. Next is to tune the range to actual riding, then work the sound sources. MORE.

Audio Communications Open Day, 18 July

A Bicrophonic presentation and demonstration with 4 new sensory bikes. 

Available to ride on Monday 18th July 18.15h in the MediaLab @TU by Kaffe and students. DETAILS.

Bicrophonic Discoveries Berlin, 30 June

An evening of “Bicrophonic Discoveries Berlin” on 30 June, 7.30pm@ Ausland. Kaffe shared the latest research from her professorship at TU Berlin with Sukandar and the TU students. DETAILS. Read more on Kaffe’s Blog.

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Follow the development of the whole project on the BRI Blog#TU

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