Bike Powers An Orchestral Musical Instrument
The 'Cyclo-phone' by Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente in NYC let users make music, with the speed of cycling translating into different sounds and rhythms.
- 12 september 2012
The ‘Cyclo-phone‘ is a bicycle-powered music machine created by designers Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente. The stationary bike is connected to an instrument, and users can play music of different rhythms by pedaling at different speeds.
The instrument was made using off-the-shelf materials and consists of a rubber flap attached to a bicycle rim. This slaps on eight PVC pipes of different lengths, held together in a radial configuration by a plastic stock tank.
The ‘Cyclo-phone’ installation was created for Summer Streets 2012 presented by the New York City’s Department of Transportation and was active during August in Manhattan. If you didn’t catch it live, you can see it in action in the short video below: