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robert van heumen on Thu, 25 Jan 2007 11:40:58 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] Workshop: Soundbikes - BIKE YOUR BEAT

STEIM presents a workshop and a lecture by soundbike artist Kaspar KÃnig.

Soundbikes - BIKE YOUR BEAT
by Kaspar KÃnig

A workshop in which do-it-yourself manipulation of ordinairy bicyclesÂleads
to high-end sound-generators and performingÂinstruments.Â
Bring a bike and transform it togetherÂwith the knowledge andÂenthousiasm of
inventor-artist Kaspar KÃnig.Â

Creating acoustic extensions for the bicycle sounds like a
contradiction-in-terms to the design of a bicycle. In this workshop
everybody is invited to discover the many sounds hidden in the bicycle
itself and the bicycling. To make a regular bicycle-sound we can easily
neglect the maintainance of a bicycle. By not only turning the bicycle
upside down but by actively addingÂsound-sensors, we'll discover the
possibilities of soundbiking. Add-ons can be everything from a playing-card
and laundry wedges, to fully powered amplification for strings, microphones
and all other things that fit the conditions of the soundbicycle and its
creative maker. 

How can a bicycle brake become a brake beat?
By turning the wheel regularly, a bicycle likely becomes a time-pulse or
measure. By finding the right spots to control the sound input, more musical
patterns can be discovered while the wheel is turning. Now it's up to our
imagination to invent all kinds of little things we could try to mount on
the existing mechanisms as well as discover new mechanisms.
Can every bicycle become a musical instrument?
Basically yes, if some parts are still rotating, sounds can be created.
Although a full functional bicycle can ride on the streets and the street is
the best trigger for the soundbike!

Is there a composition in the street?
That is a good question. For many reasons I believe several streets sound
better then others with and without the use of a soundbike, depending on the
charactaristics of the bike and the street. Drive your soundbike outside and
experience the biggest score of the world: the street! Let your ear

Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
Dates: Monday February 19 through Thursday February 22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00h
Fee: â 100

The fee for the workshop is â100, registration can be done only through the
STEIM website, at http://www.steim.org/steim/workshops.php .
For questions please email knock {AT} steim.nl or call +31 206228690.



A lecture on the works of Kaspar KÃnig: Recycling firehose, Transmitting
Object Behaviours, Architectural Acoustic research (xiloseum), Mr. Bend and
How sound meets sport in the festival called Audiolympics, Beijing 08.

Location: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Date: Tuesday February 20
Time: 20:30h
Entrance: free


At the Y-helling (NDSM) on Saturday February 24

A concert with Kaspar KÃnig and guests playing the soundbikes and the
circuitbended hardwarehacks like the Audioshaver from China.
More information www.kasparkoenig.com


Kaspar KÃnig (1975)Â is a dutch artist living in Berlin and Maastricht . He
studied Industrial Design at the UdK in Berlin. He is interested in the
goods for daily use and their sound-universe. He invents instruments like
the Soundbikes and Mr. Bend and he recycles firehoses in a delicate way.
Furthermore he composes soundpieces for (dance) theatre. Recently he
started working as a lecturer at the Cafa in Beijing. He also organizes the
Audiolympics, an off-festival during the Olympic Games, with the
contribution of artists on the threshold between music and sports.

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