The 2016 sensory bike is an adaptation of the most recent sonic bike. Sensors fitted to multiple areas of the bike manipulate the sound playing, enabling the rider to control what they hear by how they ride. The sensory bike therefore becomes an instrument that riders play by choosing to go slow, go fast, to hop, zig zig, circle creating their own sound pieces that speed, reverse and change pitch and timbre as they dance on their bicycle. Outcomes from our 2018-19 projects have inspired the bikes to return to the Berlin studio summer 2019 for musical development with the local community in Wedding. NEWS to follow.
The current design used the same kit on sonic bike design but includes four additional sensors that can be used to manipulate the sound playing:
- Sprocket sensor: currently measuring a pulse – capturing the motion of pedalling, forwards or backwards, fast or slow, used to control speed & direction of the track.
- Dynamo sensor: measuring bike speed – currently controlling note change.
- Brake switch sensor: Activating the break triggers a switch – currently used to modulate the tone.
- Sense hat on raspberry pi & handlebar sensor: Together they measure the tilt of the bike from lean and turn – currently used to filter the sound.
The sensory bike comes with a newly design speaker bar, made from recycled bike frames and features adjustable speaker heads – so as to position the speakers more accurately for each rider.
The sensory bikes performs on the same hardware at the sonic bike but with additional sensors. A full TECH SPEC is coming soon on our WIKI.
The sensory bike uses the same software as the sonic bike but also uses PureData for the new data streams.