The collaborative team consists of Merel Slootheer, Liat Azulay and Pieter Frank de Jong. Working together they dreamt up a way to combine their skills in graphics, illustration and industrial design into a brilliant record-playing bike. The team began with a thirty year old Alpina bike, which they upgraded with parts salvaged from dissected vertical record players. They sought to keep the design as low-tech as possible – the only outside energy source is a nine volt battery that power the amplifier.
The tempo of the music varies according to how fast you pedal, so different styles of music are better suited to different speeds – ballads are about 60 BPM, disco is around 120 BPM, and house music ranges from 170-300 BPM.
Feats is the first prototype built by the trio, but they are expanding and hope to go global with a bike in every city. The bike takes musical machinery to a whole new level, and we can’t wait to see how the project develops.
Images courtesy of Feats Per Minute