Sonic bike operas

a work for Sensory Bikes, the Berlin wall and audience to ride it.

' lean to go up, slow to go loud ' explores freedom and celebrates escape. Celebrating human energy to find solutions, hot air balloons take off, train lines sing, people cheer and nature continues to grow.

Made for four new Sensory Bikes built in Berlin, ' lean to go up, slow to go loud ' follows a route mapped between two churches and the Berlin wall, taking the rider from the forecourt of the Elisabethe church, Invalidenstr, up Strelitzer Str, west along the north side of Bernaueur Str and into the far end of the Nordbahnhof park. Around the church and in the park, the rider will find they will be able to play the sounds. Riding more slowly or stopping will change the note or lower a pitch, tilting and leaning will filter sounds, and the breaks will step to different modes. In-between, the rider will hear the work unfold in layered fragments linked to different locations as they cycle.

With the central melody a sonification of the route of the wall through the city sung by four voices recorded in the acoustic of Villa Elisabeth, the piece also considers the Hungarian Serbian wall, inviting reflection on contemporary systems of community control and the prevention of free movement.

Composed by Kaffe Matthews whilst in residence at Villa Elisabeth August 2016 with Sensory Bikes made in collaboration with Sukandar Kartadinata & The Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI)
Bike instrument coding: Marcus Zepp
Hardware: Esther Selander
Bike speaker bar design and construction: Christophe Vaillant

Voices: Boris Hauf, Christian Kesten, Kaffe Matthews, Andrea Neumann

This project has been realised through support from the Edgar Varèse Guest professorship DAAD, TU Audio Communications, INM
This is a world premier of the sensory bikes, which will remain in Berlin for future projects to be made by anyone interested.
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