johnnyrandom creates 'bespoken' musical symphony with bicycle components johnnyrandom creates 'bespoken' musical symphony with bicycle components
jan 21, 2014

johnnyrandom creates 'bespoken' musical symphony with bicycle components

johnnyrandom creates ‘bespoken’ musical symphony with bicycle components




through an exploration of sounds generated from bicycles and their components, composer johnnyrandom has created a musical symphony exclusively from everyday objects. the debut single ‘bespoken’, ‘[transcends] the role of traditional instrumentation as the accepted method for creating beautiful and thought-provoking music,’ explains the artist. using parts such as chains, spokes and disk brakes, the sounds created by the various bike elements are then extracted, processed, then produced into a sound clip.


to see the creative process behind ‘bespoken’, see the video below or a preview of the song after the jump.



johnnyrandom | bespoken
video courtesy johnnyrandom


a preview of ‘bespoken’
clip courtesy johnnyrandom


johnnyrandom creates musical symphony with bicycle components

sounds are generated from bicycles and their components

johnnyrandom creates musical symphony with bicycle components


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  • Frank Zappa did it in the early 1960’s

    raymondo says:
  • @raymondo Zappa didn’t do this at all – He just made a bunch of noise on a silly TV show.

    rumplestiltskin says:
  • Pink Floyd did it in the 1970’s, before it was cool, with “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast”, and unfortunately abandoned the development of a full album based on such idea, “Household Objects”. Google it and you’ll find something.

    Lucas says:
  • I find Zappa’s performance on the silly TV show far more entertaining. This is a demonstration of a beatbox, which is basically the instrument in this music piece. Zappa, on the contrary, uses the bicycle as an instrument.

    Airborne says:

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