bicycle, microcontroller, sound chip, speakers, bike computer
Circuit design and technical assistance by Dave Kemp and Gordon Hicks

SOUNDBIKES are portable sound pieces that use motion-based mini-generators mounted to an ordinary bicycle to broadcast the sound of laughter as the bike is pedaled through the urban environment.  The laughter is generated by playing sequences of short source clips that start when the bike reaches a cruising speed, and then responds to the bike’s velocity. When the piece is engaged, the rider simultaneously occupies the role of controller, performer and audience, creating a mobile performative broadcast that adds a human counterpoint to the acoustic ecology of the city.


2009            Ride On (M:ST 4.5) Mountain Standard Time Performance Art Festival, Calgary
2007            FINE|LINE (Curated by Mia Nielson) SENKO/Kunsthallen Brænderigården, Viborg, Denmark
2007            SoundCycles: David McCallum and Jessica Thompson InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto
2006            Interactive City, ZeroOne San Jose/ ISEA2006 Symposium, San Jose, California
2005            Glowlab Open Lab Art Interactive, Boston


SOUNDBIKE | 2005 | Projects