Research

Bicrophonics is about the mobility of sound and music, 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 (2008). READ MORE about the birth of bicrophonics…

We at the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI) are exploring and developing this practice of bicrophonics. We work collectively to make site related mobile sound and music performances, through the making, design and development of Sonic Bikes, Sensory Bikes and Buzz Bikes on land, and Sonic Kayaks on water.

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, creating unique experience at every moment.

Environmental Bike

The next phase of sonic cycling – bikes that are responsive to the environment using air quality sensors. Making audible the particulate matter (PM2.5) we breathe through live sonification while you ride, whilst gathering data on air quality.

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Sonic Kayaks

Made by FoAM-Kernow, a development of the Sonic Bike with underwater and air sensors. Generating music live from the marine world, enabling citizens to gather climate data and contribute to scientific research.

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Buzz Bike

A new design of Sonic Bike for multiple riders that plays music to hear and feel vibrating through your body as you are pedalled through the streets.

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Sensory Bike

The Sensory Bike is a recent adaptation that transforms the Sonic Bike into an instrument to be played by the cyclist.

How we work:

Bicrophonics research and development has taken shape through collaborative learning in our workshops, experiments in the lab, and through teaching with undergraduate students.

Making Lab

Bicrophonics development including interaction development, hardware design and more.

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Workshops

Exploring and developing sonic cycling in workshops, hacklabs and groups.

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Edgard Varèse Guest Professor

Teaching the practice of bicrophonics and making our first Sensory Bike with students @TUBerlin.

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