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I remember when I was a kid the joy of
cycling along, holding an outstretched
stick against the bars of a long fence that
ran the length of a nearby park, and
delighted at the random ping pang of the
ringing metal posts.
The Palisade Piano is a more technically
of that same stick
a row of railings.
It consists of a long fence of vertically
stretched cables that act as both a fence
and an elongated musical instrument.
Each of the cables is attached to a sliding
block at the top and bottom, along with a
tension control. The cables can therefore
vary both their distances apart, which
becomes the timing, and their tension,
which alters the frequency of the
individual notes they will deliver.
It is therefore possible by cycling along
a constant speed to play a preset
of music, which could be constantly
varied, even during the process of each
Cyclists wishing to play the instrument
would naturally have to travel in one
direction only, to avoid collisons, but
the instrument is under the control of
microprocessors, several musical
selections could be played
with the rods constantly adjusting their
position and tension after each impact.
As long as the cyclists maintained a
constant speed and a reasonable
apart, they could all have the pleasure of
generating an individual melody as they
cycled merrily along, holding a stick
against the singing bars of the Palisade
Conceptually related. [jurist, Oct 19 2006]
||I like it! I ride a bike quite a bit and would love to have a place (or places) like this to visit.
||Man! what about a huge, open area filled with pressure-sensitive plates to ride over, each one playing a different note on large speakers? Neato.
||well I did a Pavement Piano, which you
||Years ago I used to ride occasionally through a community college. There was a long, wide area down which ran a
narrow drain. The drain was covered by dozens of metal grates about 1 foot long by 6 inches wide. Riding on them for
the entire length of the drain (200+ feet) produced the neatest, random, oddball "plinka-plonka" sound.
||Why not a xylophone picket fence?
||[Edit: Ah, because someone else already thunk it.]
||I think to keep with the same style of instrument use computer controlled rumble strips (and no I'm not quite a newbie) to add a little bottom so that the dancers just won't hide.