A bike manufacturer commissioned composer Flip Baber to create holiday music using only bicycle parts.
About the Project
"Since Jingle Bells is a little overdone this time of year, I thought Tchaikovsky's 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' (from the Nutcracker Suite) would be a great alternative," Baber says. "At first I didn't think it could be done, but as I recorded hundreds of sounds from a road bike and mountain bike it started to take shape."
Here are the mechanical ingredients he used:
Glockenspiel and clarinet melody: Spokes.
Cello and violin pizzicatos: Plucked derailleur cables.
Triangle: Disc brake hit.
Percussion: Shifting, coasting, finger over turning spokes, chain pulls, braking, clipping into pedals, back-spinning, air out of tires.