Sonic bikes are designed and developed by the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI), an association that researches and collaborates to enable new sonic experiences for riders and passers by. Here you will be able to follow what the bikes are up to and where.
Developed through ten years of international projects, a sonic bike plays music that changes dependent on where and how you pedal through a pair of bike-mounted speakers. Launched in 2014, its aim is to develop a network of sonic bike making activity worldwide. Working collectively from a London lab, it makes open source hard and software applications, advising, inspiring and running workshops, collaborating with local communities to design and build their own sonic bikes, tech systems and music.
BRI artists and coders have interdisciplinary expertise with all age ranges and abilities, able to design with children or deliver lectures at cutting edge conference, industry or community centres. Music making across all genres and abilities is encouraged and supported.
The sonic bike can be a musical instrument. A portable stage, a game player, a doorway to listening and looking that creates good health. The bike itself can also be developed for any kind of cyclist or non cyclist.
BRI research opens doors for makers and users. It invites participation across skills and seeks to share and grow its practice.
Initiated by Kaffe Matthews in 2003 through 'Radio Cycle' London, the sonic bike has been developed through 'The Marvelo Project' (2008) Folkestone; 'the swamp that was' (2012), Ghent; 'The Marja trio' (2013),Finland; 'Opera fiXi' (2013),Porto,'2nd Ward a bicycle opera | 2° Barrio – una ópera en bicicleta'(2014) Houston, and 'Finding Song Home' (2015), Brussels. Collaborating with Alexei Blinov, Wolfgang Hauptfleisch, Dave Griffiths and currently Monse Lozano, Jairo Sanchez and Tom Keene on coding and locative tinkering, sonic bikes are instruments and interfaces continuously developed through Open Lab research and collective play.