Developed by the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI), the Sonic Bike is an ambitious musical instrument made to detect surrounding air pollution levels and play sounds and music in response, creating a unique outdoor listening experience for the cyclist. It goes beyond the gallery space and the bikes inherent interactive nature with individual sounds linking to various places and the speed the cyclist is going. The collaborative art/science project aims to inspire people to reflect on the air space they live in and explore local neighbourhoods, stories and people.
It was first launched at the Goethe-Institute in central Lisbon, Lisboa Soa (2020), being received by the public and environmental scientists. BRI was established by Kaifeng Matthews and Dave Griffiths in 2013 with the team consisting of Lisa Hall, Sukandar Kartadinata, Federico Visi, Tom Keene, Monse Lozano, Dan Hayward and Cameron Jarvis. Recently, the bikes featured as part of the 2021 Sonic Arts Week in Middlesbrough Centre Square where the public could engage with the bikes and have their collected data be displayed at https://sonicbikes.net/air-pollution-in-middlesbrough/.