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STEIM's workshop: a lecture by soundbike artist Kaspar König
 
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Soundbikes - BIKE YOUR BEAT by Kaspar König

A workshop in which do-it-yourself manipulation of ordinairy bicycles leads to high-end sound-generators and performing instruments. Bring a bike and transform it together with the knowledge and enthousiasm of inventor-artist Kaspar König.

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 adding sound-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 decide!

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

The fee for the workshop is €100, registration can be done only through the STEIM website, at http://www.steim.org/steim/workshops.php . For questions please email knock@steim.nl or call +31 206228690.

Also:

AUDIOSPORT Lecture

A lecture on the works of Kaspar König: 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

And:

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

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

 

Biography

Kaspar König (1975) 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. www.kasparkoenig.com

 

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