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Playing Bike (Noise), Spreading Bike Love

Charlottesville bike activist Shell Stern invited me to co-organize and perform at the Kickstand Bike Zine Release Party. To fit the Audio March theme at The Bridge PAI, we decided to add a bike noise component to the event. A few weeks prior to the event, I rounded up some local bike lovers to join me in the bike noise performance.

At the event, the first half of our set featured me and Carey (GFX); in the second half, we were joined by Dylan Mulshine (aka Rhythm Bandit) and Ken Margolius (local bike mechanic guru!). Ken brought his “most musical bike.” Dylan played percussive sounds while processing them on metallic bike components.  The evening’s program also showcased zine reading, bike story telling by Secretly Y’all. It closed with a final bike noise jam involving members of the audience.

A debut of the Charlottesville Bike Ensemble. Anyone in? We will probably gather again for a summer performance at Random Row Bookstore. Let me (wendy.f.hsu [at] gmail.com) know if you’re interested.

GFX

Charlottesville Bike Ensemble [GFX + Ken Margolius + Dylan Mulshine]

The Everyone Jam

Download all the audio from Archive.org

View the entire Flick photo set from this event

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Playing bikes, plants, dirt, water, and combs with Erik DeLuca

Grapefruit Experiment did a two-part improvisational set with our friend Erik DeLuca at the Charlottesville Experimental Music Showcase at The Bridge PAI on 12/16/09. The first part features Wendy and Carey on amplified bikes; the second part features Carey on an amplified cactus, Wendy on mic’ed pine cones and combs, and Erik on an amplified small leafy, easy-to-care-for plant with some dirt and water.

Video by David Eklund.

Documentation from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Insane trip. Our ride from DC to New York took 8 hours – the police along with homeland security vehicles blocked off two stretches near air force bases on I-95. We arrived way behind schedule and had to set up in 10 minutes. We didn’t even have time for refresh ourselves and say hi to our friends. We then jumped right into playing our duo noise set fully utilizing the sound, equipment, and the space of a rock venue. I thought my bike sounded great through the PA system. Jack Tung said that our set was ‘brutal.’ 🙂

Thanks to Kite Operations for inviting us play and again, congratulations to your new album Festival. It’s breathtaking. It’s a feat!

We didn’t even have to set up our recording devices. Thanks to Dave Yang of K.O. and many other for documenting our set!

pictures by Tom Lin

**Bikes bikes bikes!**

“Irigaray”

“N+1 to the Floor”

GFX @ Silence and Coincidence

Carey and I participated in a HzCollective improvised music event called Silence and Coincidence at The Bridge PAI in Charlottesville last night. The show was curated by our friend Jonathan Zorn. In addition to us, the participants included: Jonathan Zorn, Bob Holub, Lanier Sammons, Sarah O’Halloran, Megan England, Matt Lerner, and Erik DeLuca. The event lasted 60 minutes and our objective was to limit each of our playing time to be 30 minutes throughout the session. I performed on my new instrument – an amplified bike. Carey used a combination of Lander (built by Zach Mason) and her snare drum.

Audio documentation of the entire set [~60 min]

[Audio http://www.archive.org/download/SilenceAndCoincidenceAtTheBridge/SilenceandCoincidence_092909.MP3%5D