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28 May 2011 | 11:30 - 15:00 hrs. | Installation | Free

Richard Lerman's Travelon Gamelon - Promenade

A concert en route. Bring your bike and come ride with us!


Richard Lerman's Travelon Gamelon is a unique musical experience falling somewhere between a concert, a flash mob, and a bicycle race. A group of cyclists rig their bicycles up with audio electronics and then ride together through the streets of Amsterdam. The sounds produced by the natural resonances and rhythmic qualities of the bicycle creates a musical effect surprisingly similar to a traditional Balinese gamelan.

Riders of all ages 12 and up are welcome to join the performance. Cost of signing up is free, you just need to bring your own bicycle with metal spokes (plastic doesn't work).

Our route will start at Frederiksplein, near STEIM, at 11:30 sharp. There Richard will teach everyone how to wire their bicycles up to make music.
At 13h we will embark on a tour of Amsterdam's downtown areas, culminating in a walking performance on Dam square.

There will only be enough equipment for 20 bicycles, so sign up soon!
Registration can be done through the registration link at the top of this page.

A bicycle with metal spokes.

Date: 28 May, 2011
Time: 11:30 - 15:00
Age: 12 and up, unless accompanied by parents
Max number of participants: 20
Location: Frederiksplein, Amsterdam
Cost: Free



Richard Lerman has created electronic music and interdisciplinary art since the 1960's offering performances, installations and screenings in N/S America, Asia, Europe, Australia and NZ. For 30+ years, his work has often utilized piezo disk and other transducers that he has designed and built. These pick up sounds too quiet for our ears, extending our hearing. His piece, Travelon Gamelon (1978), for amplified bicycles has received hundreds of performances world-wide, including a 1983 performance in Amsterdam resulting in recordings on the Smithsonian Folkways label. In 2009, he completed Death Valley Cycle with video/audio gathered in each of the 12 months at this site. Recent Installations include: Alga-Aqua (2007), in Vigo, Spain and Sao Pedro do Sul, Portugal and Hoover: Water | Power at the ASU Art Museum (Oct 2009 – Feb 2010). In 2008, he offered performance of new work at Roulette in NYC and in 2009 at the Chapel Performance Space for the Wayward Music Series in Seattle. Lerman has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Arizona and Massachusetts Arts Councils, the NEA and many others. His films and video work have been screened widely and this includes seven super 8 films from his Transducer Series Pieces shown at the Museum of Modern Art. A 2 CD set of earlier music and audio work, including Travelon Gamelon was on EM Records, Osaka, Japan in 2007. Since 1994, he has taught at Arizona State University and prior to that, taught at the Boston Museum School for 20+ years.


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