Local artist Barry Prophet is opening his latest work on Centre Island (just north-east of the bike rental place), this Sunday, June 22 at 2:00pm. Synthecycletron is a pedal-powered interactive sound exhibit that allows anyone to create improvised music by pedaling a bike and moving their bodies to shape the sounds.
Read on for more details about the work, as well as a sample sound clip.
Synthecycletron by Barry Prophet Commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art
synthesis: Combination, composition, putting together; building up of separate elements esp. of conceptions, propositions or facts, into a connected whole, esp. a theory or system.
cycle: Recurrent period. Cycle per second. One complete wavelength. What is technically a double vibration is conventionally called a vibration, cycle or oscillation.
bicycle: Two wheeled mode of transportation powered by foot or hand crank.
cyclotron: Apparatus for acceleration of charged atomic particles revolving in magnetic field.
Synthecycletron is a site specific pedal powered sound sculpture containing electronic sound components within structures of steel, sheet metal, rattan and wood. The dimensions of the sculpture are approximately 8 ft high with a 14 ft. square foot print. Four stationary bicycles serve as turbines to generate electricity to power synthesizer components housed in a metal tower. The bikes radiate out from the tower to connect with Theremin pedestals which house Theremin synthesizers. When a person pedals a bike, they will generate energy which powers the synthesizer components creating patterns of sounds. When they or someone else wave their hands in front of the Theremin Pedestals, pitch bending electronic sounds are generated from the Theremin synthesizers.
Visitors to the Synthecycletron will be encouraged to pedal and play with sound. From a distance, observers will see people pedaling and waving their arms at the base of something that looks like a wildly painted space ship. What they will hear will be improvised sound art.