SOUNDBIKE is a mobile piece that generates and broadcasts laughter as it is pedaled through urban environments. The laughter begins when the bike reaches a cruising speed, and then responds to velocity, enabling the rider to compose anthropomorphized sound—from giggles to hysteria—with his or her body. Broadcasting sound through the moving body can transform public spaces into social spaces through nonverbal modes of communication. When the piece is engaged, the rider creates a roving broadcast and human counterpoint to the urban soundscape. The speaker works as signifier and is housed on the back of the bike within a bright yellow case, distinguishing the user from other riders and drawing attention from curious cyclists, motorists and passersby. SOUNDBIKE was produced through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council.
Circuit design and technical assistance by Dave Kemp and Gordon Hicks.