Friday 28th August

August 28th, 2015

Did you miss The Cov Pedalling Games? Worry not. You can get a virtual square ride here


Thursday 27th August

August 27th, 2015

BicroMapCollective#bicrophonic artists make progress. Bikes and artists in and out of studio daily. Today the collective map is as busy as this and still more than a week to go. We met today and it’s agreed to also put the whole lot on one bike. William?  Follow daily PROGRESS. Opens 11am 5.9.15 E8 3PE

Saturday 15th August

August 27th, 2015

bicrolearning1 I’m running the first #bicrophonic workshop for ten selected artists and composers after a May BRI call out with generous response. More than interesting to be finally sharing this practice I’ve been developing alone in different countries for 3 years. Cov Games was the 10th sonic bike work I’ve made since building the #sonic #bike team with Dave foAm and timelab, 2012. Now, not only can ‪#‎bicrophonics‬ get rolling in London but each artist is composing for their own bike with their own map. Yes.  BRI has also taken a huge stride developing a many user same time mapper system with Francesca foAm Kernow.

10 sonic bikes 10 new works ~ The Summer Pedalling Games on the way, showing London Fields Sept 5-6th.

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Sunday 9th August

August 26th, 2015

Sonic trike and Millenium Place with it’s role in Cov life created a new situation for bicrophonic activities and ultimately the huge success of this project.  Find out more HERE.


Saturday 8th August

August 20th, 2015

TrikeAction6Girl_wThe hit that is sonic trike. Check design details, thanks to Nick Martin at Creative Solutions.  minirig speakers in chopped and folded cutlery holders, subwoofer strapped into back basket, pi2, lithium battery, output alarm flashing away in neat grey box on bike stem, all quietly complementing this lightweight easy to maneouver instrument of bicrophonic delight. The visitors book confirmed this. Sadly its over all too fast and the show is wrapped by 18.00h. The good thing is, this could be the start of some serious bicrophonic hardware development. More trikes for all?TrikeActionW

Friday 7th August

August 20th, 2015

MapSqShow_w We open the Coventry Pedalling Games at 11am. Children and adults come ride all day. It’s a hit. Yes there’s the Festival, but there’s also sonic trike and the square around which people wobble slowly looking for sounds or charge round and round in circles the GPS tripping up in this small space, a stream of music flying after them. It’s fun and any trepidation caused by ‘performing’ just doesn’t arise. It’s more like let me do it. Many thanks to Dan Hayward and Bill Gee for unfailing assistance and support, and to Charlie, Jed and Rachel for handling the team and the queues. Even the BRI forefathers were on display.

Thursday 6th August

August 6th, 2015

covpedalDetailThe #sonic #bikes are outside, the wonderful Bill Gee is in town to oversee production help and Kaffe and bikeman Dan put finishing touches to the team. 8 of the yellow bikes now carry raspberry pi2’s with random folder and pitch change in zones implemented, trike and lab bike are also pi-ed leaving Alessandro and William on swamp Beagleboard system. Rather than a piece of 3 parts spread amongst bikes, I’ve made one map of as many layered and tiny zones the GPS will allow the bike to pick up when going at a cycleable but slow speed. Many of the zones play different sounds when you re-enter them. Go too fast and the lag between triggers increases making a trail of sounds that follow you until you slow. It’s super fun and like learning a new instrument to ride and to make. Of course, the making of this piece has been the super learning a new instrument. The site, the people, the chewing and spitting of the ideas until the honed piece evolves. The regular square skater kids have really got onboard too. Opening 11am tomorrow.PedlGamesvisitors

Tuesday 4th August

August 4th, 2015

ComposingSq2Great to be in the square composing but the reality is hard. It’s cold, windy, noisy and a table outside the Museum equates information station for buses, Coventry history, what are you doing? bicycle pumping, repair, hire and toilets, etc. However, I’m in the thick of that essential and unquantifiable site atmosphere that subliminally guides and silently tells me what to make. And it’s not just sonic. It’s this architectural space with it’s shifting bodies of sadness and madness, solitary and clustered, grey light shifts and space to observe the varieties of lives that are coming and going continuously. Not a hermetically sealed space, but working in situ. This is #bicrophonic composition at its best,

Monday 3rd August

August 3rd, 2015

HarkBikesArriveThe yellow team arrive salty from the Dutch coast, driven overnight from Kijkduin and the closure of Pedalling Seasides. Then BBC Midlands arrive to hear about and film the bikes in action. Sonic trike the world’s first is revealed with much delight. Onwards. And thank you Gaby, Joost and Matteo for van drive action. No hold up at Calais at all note.

Sunday 2nd August

August 2nd, 2015

KidsBikeCovNick Day Six. The wonderful Nick Martin of Imagineer Technologies delivers kids sonic trike_Cov. Not only does it work but his silent development of its form and function is the thing your dreams are made of. We’d agreed to use minirig speakers which he fits perfectly inside cutlery holders with cropped top, (note also their harmonization of the trike’s style) and with no amp equating smaller box, he installs the lightweight system inside a waterproof frame mounting box with transparent lid. Electronic system therefore revealed and demystified with the added bonus of making night time riding fun with system’s flashing lights. Another contribution is an alarm which displays via LED the voltage that the lithium battery is delivering and will sound as soon as that voltage drops. Also yes a necessity as we don’t yet know how long these batts will last under #bicrophonic demands. Meanwhile, Dan is at London_Lab and will return with a minirig sub to add to the mix. Finally too the sun shines. Sunday #bicrophonics roll.