So would you like to be a part of the HBK Electric Light Bike Orchestra?
We know bikes are fun, making a bit of noise and playing with lights is fun and we know Dark Mofo will be fun so we’re going to put them all together and have a great night out.
HBK Electric Light Bike Orchestra
When: Friday 12th June. 9pm
What: Cruise the Dark Mofo waterfront with the Hobart Bike Kitchen’s Electric Bike Light Orchestra as they carve a dark sonic soundscape from the lights and darkness around them. Bring all of your bike lights and blinkys to be played by the ELBO.
Who: You , and any ‘performers’ who want to wield some weird darkness-controlled noise.
Please contact Lance or HBK directly to discuss this!
So what are we trying to do? We’re planning to build some bike fitted random sound generators, add a bunch of lights, mix with a group of friends and go out and see some of Dark Mofo.
We want you and friends to come and join us on the opening night of this years Dark Mofo to celebrate things dark and light and bike and noisy.
There will be a number of Dark Mofo events suitable for us to ride around to:
there is Radiant Heat and at Dark Park there will be a number of events such as Fire Organ by Bastiann Maris, Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works, plus whatever else is happening around the waterfront.
It’s also a good bet that once you’ve ridden around in the cold for a bit you might need to find a fire and refreshments. We haven’t got a plan for that yet. Suggestions? Or we might just make it up as we go along.
So you can just grab your headlights and come along, or get as involved as you’d like. If you want to create your own bike instrument the more the merrier.
If you just go the old peg and card in the spokes, we’re not going to say no.
EDIT: Hi everyone we’ve had such an outstanding response that we need to modify the guidelines.
The ELBO will slowly cruise around the Dark MOFO waterfront whilst the orchestra carves a dark droning and shifting 3-dimensional soundscape from the bike lights of the riders who are with us. Dark sounds carved from bright lights.
We want everyone to come along with all of their bike lights on show, and to expect a visually bright, but aurally dark and discordant experience. The aim is light-controlled-sound on a bike, not bike-controlled-sound with lights if that makes sense to you.
We don’t want to descend into a chaotic cacophony of noise and tangled bikes. So please come with lights, we’ll provide the sound.
Here are some samples of what Lance has been able to come up with so far.
SynthJamWsg , Synthjam MonoTronJam
So please let us know if you want to join us. I’ll make a Facebook event and you’re invited.
If you have some technical sounds skills we’d love to hear from you. It’s only 4 weeks away and the more interesting instruments that can be built the more fun we’ll be having.
NB this is not an official Dark Mofo event, we think of it as Dark Mofo Fringe.
Hobart Bike Kitchen