Music made from bike sounds

This surprisingly lovely music is made with only a bike

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Even with AutoTune, there’s some godawful music out there (sorry we’re not sorry, Paris Hilton). So making soothing, atmospheric songs with only a bike is impressive. That’s what Oakland composer Johnnyrandom did on his single “Bespoken”:

Much more melodic than the screech of brakes as you try not to crash on the way to work, eh? Gizmodo explains Johnnyrandom’s process:

 

Some of [the sounds] are strictly the byproduct of the bike’s mechanical operation, like the sound it makes when you release a brake lever. Others are created when you play different parts of the bike with a musical accessory.

For example, Johnnyrandom records the low-pitched flutter of a pick scratching on a spinning wheel, and tunes the bicycle’s spokes so he could play them with a bow like a string instrument. After capturing the sounds with a portable recorder, the different sounds were arranged and sequenced using software.

Johnnyrandom explains that he associates the sounds of a bike with the freedom he felt riding around as a kid:

You can buy his song for a buck on iTunes, if you want to listen to it while you pedal around the city.

Holly Richmond (hollyrichmond.com) writes and edits things for fun and money. She worked for Grist in the 1890s. Please follow her on Twitterbecause that is the entire basis of her self-esteem.