Does your bike make music? Here is something you may have never seen...Inspired by Mateusz Zdziebko's 'Sampled Room'
, I was curious what kind of music or beat my bike could make.
With the help of a friend, Jason, I recorded all the sound bites I could think of from my bike on a Zoom h4n.
Finding variety was tough; bikes mostly make thumps, thuds, tings, and pings. With a collection of just under forty sounds, myself and another friend, Joel, began to play around with the noises--seeing what kind of things we could construct out of them. After some frustration and some do-overs, we managed to get on the right track.
Meanwhile, I wanted to shoot the bike. I wanted a white backdrop, as in 'Sampled Room.' But apparently my family doesn't own pure white sheets.
Access to a studio with a backdrop and lights wasn't a problem--cause I had another idea. I had a more interesting, make-shift plan. With the help of Jason, I moved everything out of the corner of my 9' x 11' room and taped up half a ream of white legal size paper to the walls and floors. A little sketchy and less than ideal, but I kind of liked it.
Looks silly in real life.
But surprisingly cool on film.
Anyways, a month later of editing and playing around and you get this.
.....Dubstep is just awesome lol
I did a project like that a couple of years back so I know how much time and effort it takes to work on it.
What seems like a simple idea can get very complicated quickly as far as having enough variety in sounds and how to structure the music to make it sound interesting.
I recorded all of the sounds with different mics hooked to the camera, then had to organize and separate each sound. After collecting about 50 to 60 different sound bites I handed it all over to my friend where he went through each sample, created drum kits or put them into various software to create different synthesizers where he could actually play melodies. Once that was done he made a few different tracks and then I went on to make the film with the video clips matching the corresponding sounds.
That took quite a bit of time to edit the video because there was a fair amount of layering and quick cuts to make, as well as figuring out what sound was what.
I uploaded the video here on pinkbike awhile ago but there were issues with the transfer, I'm guessing because of the quick cuts. I just uploaded to vimeo because it seems that their flash compression worked a bit better.
The original, full-length film has a documentary before the music explaining the process that we used, what microphones, camera lenses, studio software and issues we had during the project. The cool thing was that I submitted it to the Bicycle Film Festival and was accepted where it made its premiere in New York City.
You can check out there short version of it here:
That must have been a bunch of work to get that all together; way to go.
Its pretty sick!
grow up little kid, and get off the site if your just here to critisize.
and nasty nick took the words from my mouth
one of the most creative things ive seen in awhile.
can anyone say BANSHEE BIKE COMMERCIAL??
creative idea and great editing by the way
Nice to see other people making music from bikes! I've done a bit of that too, if you want to check it out: www.johnnyrandom.com Specialized "Nutcracker" video. Cheers.
And Specialized did this a while back, and they did a pretty good job: www.youtube.com/watch?v=68N43K5Y0Ek
Don't get me wrong, it was well done, but certainly not an original idea. Well done anyway
Why would I just leave it at "well done" just to fit in. It was a good effort and worked well, like i said. I know you're 'too-biker' for car doors and buttons but seriously, an "i disagree" would have sufficed, student.
good effort would never have thought a bike would have sounded like that, all i ever hear is groans, grinding a breaking :L