Travelon Gamelon: Music for Bicycles

Travelon Gamelon: Music for Bicycles

Richard Lerman FW06241 / FX 6241

This early (1982) project from Arizona “Audio Artist” Richard Lerman presents musical composition performed with bicycles. Lerman explains: “A gamelan orchestra is a large group of percussive instruments, usually metallic, from SE Asia. In fact, the sound of such a group is not unlike the timbre of amplified bicycles.” With such an idea, he embarks on a project that captures the amplified sounds of moving bicycles in harmonious rhythms creating songs. Liner notes include detailed information on how the album was recorded (i.e. 25 individual battery powered amplifiers attached to each bike), with photos and diagrams.

Year Released 1982
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1982 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Contemporary & Electronic
Country(s) Indonesia; Netherlands; United States
Instrument(s) Gamelan
Subject(s) Contemporary music; Gamelan

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101 Promenade Version Richard Lerman 6:13
102 Concert Version Richard Lerman 14:16
201 Promenade Version Richard Lerman 5:16
202 Concert Version Richard Lerman 14:30
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