Bike Tracks

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Julian Smith’s “Techno Jeep”—in which he and a group of friends performed a rhythmic jam live only using actual sounds from a Jeep—became a viral hit on YouTube in 2009. In a similar vein, composer Johnnyrandom kicks it up a notch by sampling sounds only from a bicycle, creating a more ambient, harmonic track titled “Bespoken.” From using an EBow on derailleur cables to hitting the disc brake rotors with mallets, Johnnyrandom creatively coaxes the bicycle to “sing” in a way we never imagined, and it’s sure to change the way you hear ordinary objects.