Cyclophonica's Orchestra on Wheels Comes to Frostburg State University Oct. 3-5

Release Date: 09/23/2002

In its first demonstration in the United States, Cyclophonica is coming to Frostburg State University Oct. 3 through 5. Cyclophonica is musicians on bicycles, some bearing homemade instruments - and in many cases, the bikes make music, too - pedaling around the FSU campus and the city of Frostburg performing a variety of music in a variety of styles. The music can include everything from a siren to a cell phone, to a bird call to individual organ pipes, removed from their organs.
The creator of Cyclophonica is Dr. Leonardo Fuks (rhymes with books), a professor of Music and Acoustics at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an active researcher in the physics of musical instruments with particular interest in developing new technologies for improving instruments, as well as new instruments with novel sounds. He's also an accomplished performer on the oboe.

The Brazilian tour of the "bicycle orchestra" received considerable attention, including on international television news. This will be Dr. Fuks' first performance in the United States.

Dr. Fuks' visit to Frostburg will include two performances from the bicycle orchestra with musicians on the move on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. throughout the center of the FSU campus and Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon in downtown Frostburg, starting at CityPlace on Water Street, heading to St. Michael's Church on Main Street and then to the Frostburg Depot.

There will also be a scientific lecture, "Product Acoustics - Designing the Sound Qualities of a Manufactured World" on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in Dunkle Hall 218 and a workshop on creating or adapting instruments for bicycle orchestra on Friday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in Tawes Hall 226.

The lecture will propose the creation of a new, multi-faceted discipline, Product Acoustics, to deal with the problems and possibilities that objects, devices and systems create when functioning or interacting with other objects. For example, acousticians may try to suppress undesirable "by-product sounds," but sounds may also provide useful information about the operation of the system. A multidisciplinary approach - involving psychoacoustics (the study of how the human brain processes sound), musical acoustics, vibration, material science and industrial design - would be required.