Saturday 28th June

June 29th, 2014

AdaMappingIn between rain bursts, Ada and Kaffe pursue rigorous mapping experiments in Fordham Park, SE14  for The Pedalling Games.  Bike synthesis research did not progress sufficiently so we are applying sonic mapping gizmo to the open space of this South London park which fluctuates from empty and London silent to being filled with scattered posses of dudes and mums and kids and loads of play. There are also 2 sand pits, some totem poles, all kinds of text engraved, a 5 laned sprint track and trees for the lions. Opens 1st July 1pm. DETAILS>

Wednesday 25th June

June 29th, 2014

GyroscopeBRI activity in the lab on sonic synthesis through bike riding has been experimenting with accelerometers and PD patchesbut now the gyroscope is hot favourite. We’re also working on a GPS based system to develop inter #sonicbike awareness which progresses though slowly.  As ever, work in a lab with a computer is a good start. But its not until its in the beagleboard on the bike that the real explorations can begin. George Haworth and Lyubo Popov are the new tech collaborators. Lab bike never looked so good and is looking forward to soling with the team in Fordham Park. The Pedalling Games,  BEAM@NIME 2014 commission. Opens 1st July.

Tuesday 24th June

June 26th, 2014

BikeTeamLandsNewCrossAlready #sonicbike team has arrived back in London, now unloading at Goldsmiths University, New Cross for NIME International conference. We, the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI) are developing the bikes as synthesizers that will also be sensitive to each other and will run an exploratory workshop also taking bikes outside to play. Tuesday 1st July sees the Pedalling Games, commissioned by BEAM@NIME opening in Fordham Park, New Cross.  Free 1pm – 6pm, to Thursday 3rd July.

Monday 23rd June

June 26th, 2014

sharkteaminstallSunday: arrival from Bonn, late night exploration of Sint Pietersberg caves where shark team Dave Hunt and Adam Parkinson (above) have been installing You might come out of the water every time singing” for the Undertones festival. Now it’s “Goood morning Maastricht!” and off to mix and encourage the sharks to fly free and glittering in these ancient limestone tunnels where there’s 100% humidity and a constant of 10C. Opens Sat 28th free and daily to 24th August.

Sunday 22nd June

June 26th, 2014

LastzuBongriderLast zu Bong rider returns Ivan to Bonner Schule, door closed and the team are packed to return to London. Thank you all at bonn hoeren 2014. A fabulous festival!.

Saturday 14th June

June 19th, 2014

opening2Bonn people rush to go sonic bike riding. zu Bong now runs free and daily, noon till 20.00h, until Sunday 23rd June. Further details.

Friday 13th June

June 19th, 2014

opening1One of the best opening nights, with all 12 #sonicbikes pedalled out through the city one after another within an impromptu performance. zu Bong’s antics were presented as well as enthusiastic thanks to curator Carsten Seiffarth, Lukas and Eva- production, Markus-tech and super assistant Till, all in the evening sunshine.

Thursday 12th June

June 19th, 2014

MultiplebikeCardWriteWe open at 6pm tonight. The work is complete and we clean the shop, polish the bikes and I copy the zu Bong image onto 11 cards. Those dd commands are now a pleasant ritual but still demand a super clear early morning head. Onwards!

Wednesday 11th June

June 19th, 2014

PreHailGPSThis is the visualized trace of GPS data generated by Dave from the bike log on Monday 9th and the day of storms and lack of GPS response. Cool to discover then that there were moments of no fixes found, with the trace shooting off beyond the North Pole on several occasions. Q. Can atmospheric electrics cause loss of 3D location fixing or was it just the Bank Holiday?

Tuesday 10th June

June 10th, 2014

zuBongScorezu Bong makes great progress. We’ve been through a day of almost no GPS which seemed to recover after ice balls falling from the sky at 30C and GPS traces shooting off beyond the North pole seeking a fix. With about 40 hours to go before opening on Thursday 19.00h, we have 9 #sonicbikes up and running and the final score almost complete. Yes, I had to cut out the lush Northern old town area of cherry trees, but a)streets too cobbly bouncy and b)made too big a piece possibly anyway. Instead the windy cobbled streets of the centre, the Market and Munster Squares, the run up Poppelsdorfer Allée to the Botanical gardens, the treelined avenues in the south and the downhill rush to the river have made many choices of narrative for cyclists. Its a piece about listening cruising around on a bicycle. Quite different to all the others. Come try.