Composer and sound designer Johnny Random transformed his bike into a musical instrument: created without the additional use of synthesizers, samplers or drum machines, Bespoken by Johnny Random was inspired by childhood memories of riding bikes and placing cards between the spokes to hear them in the wind. But it is much more sophisticated than that: Johnny Random utilized a violin bow and other music accessories to achieve some of the unique sounds produced.
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Another cycling-related song. This time, from Tom Waits: Broken bicycles. A very, very beautiful, romantic, and sad song.
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I received a surprise package today, a gift from a friend: three books and a micro bicycle. I won the books in a bet, actually: Alberto Contador vs Chris Froome at Tour de France 🙂
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I always liked the songs, movies and music videos about bikes, or those using bicycles as visual materials.
Folon (meaning “in the past”) is a beautiful song from Malian artist Salif Keita. According to wiki, Keita is unique not only because of his reputation as the “Golden Voice of Africa” but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita.
Here is the music video of that beautiful song, enjoy.
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Jean Metzinger (June 24, 1883 – November 3, 1956) was a major 20th-century French painter, writer, critic, poet, and a sensitive and intelligent theoretician. Along with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Albert Gleizes, developed the art style known as Cubism.
“Au Vélodrome”, also known as “At the Cycle-Race Track” and “Le cycliste”, is a painting by Metzinger. According to the art historian Erasmus Weddigen, it illustrates the final meters of the Paris–Roubaix monumental classic, and portrays its 1912 winner Charles Crupelandt. The painting was acquired by Peggy Guggenheim in 1945 and is now permanently on view in her museum in Venice; Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, short story writer, painter and poet, as well as a journalist for Corriere della Sera. And a cycling enthusiasm.
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1924 Giro d’Italia was very extraordinary. Because, Alfonsina Morini Strada participated in the Giro, and became the only woman to have ridden one of cycling’s three major stage races.
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Vita in Salita (Life Uphill) is a beautiful song by Italian singer&songwriter Marcello Bettaglio.
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“Ciao Fausto” (Goodbye Fausto), a very beautiful song by Italian singer and songwriter Mario Gualtieri, from his album “A modo mio” (English: My Way).
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Sedona Istanbul is a concept road bike produced by Turkish bicycle manufacturer Sedona. Artworks on the frame are drawn by Aydan Çelik, a friend of mine.
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