Bicycle Arpeggio is a kinetic musical sculpture created from re-purposed bicycle parts. The mechanism’s design mimics that of a cylindrical music roll common in music boxes. Steel bike frame tubes, tuned by length, are placed around the rotating cylinder and act as both the programmable score and the source of sound. The multiple rotating cylinders interact with one another when ridden by multiple people, and can sound individually or blend together, allowing the rider(s) to choose when to actuate the striker mechanism. The composite effect is a series of fast melodic lines that go in and out of phase with one another.
Bicycle Arpeggio was featured at Public Dreams’ Illuminaries Festival in Vancouver and exhibited at Burning Man 2012.