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Sonic Kayaks

Together with sound artist Kaffe Matthews and marine researcher Dr. Kirsty Kemp, we have begun an exploration into Sonic Kayaks.

The Sonic Kayak project emerged from the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI), established by Kaffe Matthews and David Griffiths in 2014. Through ten years of international projects the BRI has developed the Sonic Bike whose music changes depending on where and how fast the cyclist goes, played through a pair of bike-mounted speakers and onboard GPS system. Now we are evolving the Sonic Bikes to the coastal marinescape.

The Sonic Kayak is a musical instrument with which to investigate nature. Kayaks rigged with underwater environmental sensors generate live music from the marine world, providing the paddler with an extra dimension of senses with which to explore the underwater climate, while enabling citizens to gather important climate/environmental data.

Additional collaborators on this project are:

Chris Lowe

Shelly Knotts

Holger Ballweg

Chris Yesson

Jamie Shutler

The Sonic Kayaks were launched at the British Science Festival (Swansea, 6-9 September 2016), and photographs of the project are here.

This project is funded by FEAST Cornwall and the British Science Association.

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