On golden hares opens
– a new way to experience organ music and to explore daily life in the city.
For over 10 years, sound artist Kaffe Matthews has been making and developing compositions on special bikes that are musical instruments – or instruments that are bikes. With GPS and a mounted speaker system, riders can explore the city. Developed with the Bicrophonic Research Institute, Kaffe’s Sonic Bikes have run on the streets of Berlin, London, Brussels, Houston, Hailuoto, Porto, Ghent, Dublin, den Haag and Zagrebin 2019.
Now five sonic bikes have been made in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Unser Lieben Frauen for Ambitus, Art and Music Today exhibition. Visitors can come borrow them and experience the city in a new way by following the 30 min composition which changes depending on where you ride.
Buzz Bike launches at Wheel Ways, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Sept 2018
The new Buzz Bike, a sonic bed on wheels giving an 8 channel sound and vibration experience to it’s riders. For both someone to pedal and someone to lie in its vibrating wooden chamber, the Buzz Bike makes sonic cycling more accessible for more people – from mixed abilities, to non-cyclists and those of all ages.
Sonic Bikes Muzički Biennale Zagreb April 2019
We’re looking forward to visiting Zagreb mid April for a week of research cycling, listening and meeting its streets and residents. This will be our first on site exploration for the new piece commissioned by Muzički Biennale Zagreb 2019. The biennial is the most important Croatian festival for contemporary music and other related disciplines which runs over eight days presenting performance in approximately 40 different projects. From giant operas to installations, lectures, concerts, workshops and more. We’ll keep you updated.
Sonic kayaks in Plos Biology Journal
Sonic Kayaking featured in the biology journal PLOS: Sonic Kayaks: Environmental monitoring and experimental music by citizens by Amber G. F. Griffiths, Kirsty M. Kemp, Kaffe Matthews, Joanne K. Garrett and David J. Griffiths
‘The Sonic Kayak is a musical instrument used to investigate nature and developed during open hacklab events. The kayaks are rigged with underwater environmental sensors, which allow paddlers to hear real-time water temperature sonifications and underwater sounds, generating live music from the marine world. Sensor data is also logged every second with location, time and date, which allows for fine-scale mapping of water temperatures and underwater noise that was previously unattainable using standard research equipment. The system can be used as a citizen science data collection device, research equipment for professional scientists, or a sound art installation in its own right.’
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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
– to The Marja Trio on Hailuoto Island, Finland. Frozen songs pitched at the frequency of the three mast’s hums;