Wednesday 13th July

July 13th, 2016

bicrophonicsTUxThe 4th bike, a Dutch Gazelle, is under the soldering iron of Sukander in Neukoln, we are in the studio connecting new boxes and speakers, and others are outside fine tuning compositions. It’s all go for Saturday. Still awaiting two more speaker bars..

Thursday 30th June

June 30th, 2016

Bicrophonic Discoveries Berlin – Kaffe Matthews in conversation at ausland

Territory for experimental music, performance and art | Lychener Straße 60, 10437 Berlin

A good evening at ausland where I present the ideas behind bicrophonics through discussing a need to make public art and the resultant compositional discoveries made through a multitude of contexts over 8 years of sonic biking.  Just as I’m moving to the specifics of now making more ‘playable’ bikes for riders, ie. sonic bike instruments that will play from how you ride rather than where, Sukandar rolls in on our new sensor bike #1, elevating the night to a state of high excitement as the bike granulates, flanges and scratches fat sounds, snapping through filters from brake control as he rides. Brilliant. We are inspired and continue to discuss how can these bikes be made, where can we use them, and who wants to make for them. Do get in touch.

Four of these new sensor sonic bikes will stay in Berlin.
Kaffe Matthews is DAAD Edgard Varèse Guestprofessor at the Audio Communication Group at the Technical University Berlin.

die Reihe: Contributions to auditory art and culture  is an event series of the Audio Communication Group at Technical University Berlin and the Master’s program Sound Studies at the Berlin Career College at Berlin University oft he Arts. |

Wednesday 29th June

June 29th, 2016

silversensorbikeEveryone is working on their compositions. Evelyn and Chiara are making GPS located pieces for the Tiergarten, and Marcus and Philipp are working with the instrumental bike(above), sprocket sensor underneath pointing at chain motion, another on dynamo, one measuring handlebar movement and the fourth on the brake. All are coming through the teensy in the smallest yet bike box on theback rack, and with sub attached, its the most compact and awesome sounding version we’ve yet made. The Electronische studio, TU has been quite transformed.

Monday 27th June

June 27th, 2016

10am. Studio 1. Studio 1, Audio Communications Group, 3rd floor, Elektronische Studio, TU Berlin.
Lecture 8 .  An introduction to sonification : what, why and how : considering a variety of approaches, both digital and analogue.
Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 21.39.43 I introduce a discussion proposing site and its specificity as a source of decisions around audio content and compositional strategies. I’m surprised that student experience so far has been almost entirely studio based. We consider historical, geological, social, physical, political and experiential inputs for a variety of sites including the Tiergarten. Then I introduce sonification and a variety of possible approaches, from pen to paper and literal, to digitized,  removed and quite abstracted from original source. Creates an amount of confusion stimulating fundamental thought such as – why do I make music?  who is it for? and what sounds? you mean there’s a choice?

Sunday 26th June

June 26th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 21.34.37Landing back in Berlin, no longer a European. Fresh German air has never tasted so good.

Saturday 25th June

June 25th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 19.15.27 I’ve been taken to the Crystal Palace concert platform.  WOW. Did you know this was there? It has to be one of the most fabulous outdoor stages I’ve ever come across. Perfect alignment. Rusted Iron. Concrete. Lily padded lake afront. What happens here? Can we come play? Do you all know about it already? Closed due to Health and Safety issues? I’m going to investigate.

I was also given a purple touring bike and the sun came out. But #Brexit pain digs deep still.

Friday 24th June

June 24th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 18.45.00I am alone naked about to get in the shower. I’m hearing Jeremy Corbyn on the news. His voice sounds anxious. Something is wrong. I freeze seeing my reflection white in the mirror crumble.  News gradually reveals. We are leaving Europe. #Brexit has won. CRASH. The shock is physical and sickening. I am blasted, car crashed. It feels like being in New York watching the 2nd tower fall on 9.11.

Later, I do get on my bike and I do ride across town to the Delfina in time to play. We are all horrified. But we move and play through the numb. Pain. At 5pm we perform and our 25 min show is solid and somehow stunning. Thank you all for your action. Katie, you were so right. We Londoners had no idea what was going on outside of our southern city satiated social networked biased views on the world.

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Thursday 23rd June

June 23rd, 2016

I am back in London to work with Joe Moran at the Delfina Foundation. Bodies moving in a beautiful small basement space. Clean white oak concrete glass aesthetic. Dominating. I have set up a small 8 channel genelec system. Delicious. However, adjacent all day drilling noise and silent dancing requirements make things not as expected.  The wonderful Phyllida Barlow also joins, so things become less and less as expected.  Great!  However,  disappointing that still the visual arts dance worlds are reluctant to consider sound and music as the architectural and contextualising ingredient that it is. Even the useful Evening Talk avoided this.

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Thursday 16th June

June 16th, 2016

BerlinerLastenradNetzwerkSpkrBar1 9am and I am at the Berliner Lastenrad Netzwerk, Alt-Treptow with founder Christophe Vaillant. The BLN is a social project that designs and builds cargo bikes by recycling discarded/donated/broken bikes in different projects all over the city. I met Christophe 2 weeks ago and we have a plan to make a sonic cargo bike later in the year, but are first meeting to design and build a speaker bar for our Berlin Sonic bikes. Looking at models we’ve used so far, we come up with the above approach which a couple of hours later, in bright summer heat is made. How to attach the speakers to the bar though is not so straightforward. We have several options and retreat to research alternatives.

Super inspiring to have hooked up with such a project. Sonic bikes in Berlin are beginning to look as if they really will grow their own strand.



Wednesday 15th June

June 15th, 2016

9am Practical session, Floor 5, Electronics building, TU. Hall effect sensor fine tuning and application.teensy-attachment

We are re-positioning the 2 Hall effect sensors made last week on sonic bike_berlin between the
1. front wheel spokes and inside bike frame by rim to measure cyclist’s speed, and
2. bike stem and handlebars to measure cyclists’s riding, wobbling and turning action.
Check how handlebar sensor is surprisingly sensitive to small turns. Next step is to tune this for riding.

Data stream created and audio produced is through a teensy connected to the RPi2 running Pd as before.