Travelon Gamelon bicycles outfitted with piezo systems, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

Travelon Gamelon (Music for Bicycles)

Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:30pm

Promenade begins at Logan Center for the Arts North Entrance at 1:30;
Concert performance at Logan Center for the Arts Courtyard Stage at 3:30

Bicycles become instruments in Travelon Gamelon (Music for Bicycles), a collaborative, community-based live performance work. A roving, sonic promenade in which twenty people ride bicycles adapted with handmade piezo disk microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers, the performance will depart from the Logan Center and travel through the University campus and surrounding neighborhood. A 3:30pm, a “concert” version of the piece (for three bicycles and six performers) will take place on the courtyard stage.

Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman
Oct 11 – 14, Logan Launch Festival
As a part of the three-day Logan Launch Festival celebrating the opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Film Studies Center presents “Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman,” a series of performances and events featuring the internationally renowned filmmaker, sound artist, composer and provocateur.

An innovator in the field of hand-made electronics, Lerman’s work with sonic objects, materials and spaces develops the investigations of acoustic ecology that artists like Alvin Lucier, Takahiko Iimura and Maryanne Amacher began in the 1960s. A contemporary of avant-garde composers David Tudor and Gordon Mumma, Richard Lerman has been working with his homemade piezo microphone and amplification systems for over 40 years, and is recognized as one of the earliest and most important innovators of “piezo music.” His cinematic practice falls between the worlds of experimental film, performance and sound art, and offers an unparalleled glimpse into the interdisciplinary nature of media experimentation in the 1960s and 70s.

Richard Lerman’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues and festivals including the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Festival für Neue Musik in Munich, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Institute for Contemporary Art / Boston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been institutionally recognized with grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council and the Mellon Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Center, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, UC Arts Council, Logan Center for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Franke Institute for the Humanities.