Monday 15 December 2008

Melocipede bicycle instrument

“is a bicycle-based roto-zither. It has 14 strings (strung hub to rim) and 8 (1.5v ) motors and 4 magnetic pickups. The pickups run through a mixer as the melocipede is pedaled in both directions and bouncing plucking etc.happens. It sounds alternately like a cello, calliope, operatic whimpering/laughing puppy. It also knocks down to fit in a suitcase.”

Here is a short solo by instrument inventor, composer and improviser Neil Feather on his Melocipede instrument.

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