Found Sound x Cycling is part of a series of auto-generative art works by Kieran Lucas and Jonathan Heron in collaboration with James Ball. Found Sound x Cycling uses audio from the National Cycle Archive at the Modern Records Centre to create an ever-changing composition which has been generated using Euclidean sequences which mimic the ratios found on a bicycle cassette, thus creating a sense of propulsion and rhythm mimicking the sensation of riding a bicycle. This project has been funded by the Centre for Digital Inquiry at the University of Warwick.
Our practice-as-research explores embodied cultural memory and intangible cultural heritage through sound installation. Our first Found Sound installation, in collaboration with Coventry Cathedral and in support of the City of Culture programme, was attended by c.450 people over two days in September 2019. In 2020 for the Coventry Creates programme we developed a digital version of the project online, in partnership with Connecting Cultures GRP and Innovative Manufacturing and Future Materials GRP. Found Sound x Cycling builds on this work in the digital realm and continues our exploration of intangible cultural heritage and how audiences can engage in remote and digital platforms.
Kieran Lucas is a sound designer, sound artist and theatre-maker. He is a founding member of Barrel Organ theatre company & associate artist at Coney. He is an alumnus of Warwick University. Alongside his work in theatre and performance Kieran has worked on several audio, radio & digital projects including commissions with Headlong & Imperial War Museum and numerous interactive audio games with Coney. Kieran has also designed audio installations for St. Paul's Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral & Natural History Museum. Selected sound & composition credits include: Black Love (Paines Plough Roundabout), Deciphering (New Diorama) - Off-West End Award nominated for Best Sound Design, Me For The World (Young Vic), Antigone (New Diorama), GASTRONOMIC (Shoreditch Town Hall/Norwich Theatre Royal), Found Sound (Coventry Cathedral), Companion: Moon (Natural History Museum), How We Save The World (Natural History Museum), TBCTV (Somerset House), Square Go (Paines Plough Roundabout/59E59), A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) (New Diorama) - Off-West End Award & Theatre and Technology Award nominated for Best Sound Design, My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Young Vic), Under The Skin (St. Paul's Cathedral). Sound design samples available here: www.kieranlucas.co.uk
James Ball is a production manager, multi-disciplinary technician and occasional web developer. He works across a broad selection of art and performative forms including theatre, live sound and large scale outdoor. Throughout the last two years he has been the Technical Design Lead as part of a multi-million pound renovation of The Story Museum in Oxford. Designing, building and installing many aspects of the interactive installations there, his work has been described as a "visual coup" by The Times (28/10/20). Other previous work includes: Ray Lee's Points of Departure and Ring Out (Production Manager), Saint Etienne (Front of House Sound), Roundabout, Paines Plough (Technical Manager), Wild Works Theatre Company (Production Manager), Periplum Theatre (Front of house Sound). He has a degree in music from Oxford Brookes University where he specialised in electronic composition, the sound of the human voice and self-generative music. For more information, view his website here: www.jegproductions.co.uk
Jonathan Heron is an interdisciplinary academic with a background in theatre, based at the University of Warwick as IATL Director.