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FNM and Classical Revolution PDX present: Eine Brise for 111 Bicyclists in conjunction with Pedalpalooza 2012

June 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm


Fear No Music and Classical Revolution PDX present Eine Brise (“a breeze”) by composer-trickster Mauricio Kagel. Scored for 111 bicyclists riding in a tight, controlled formation, and playing bells, whistling, humming and making tongue-clucks, the performance is part of Pedalpalooza 2012. Performers are needed and advance notice of your intent to participate, though not required, is appreciated.

We’re putting together a Bicycle Symphony – join us!

If you want to participate, please just show up at 4pm on Saturday, June 16! Questions? Send us an email: allears@fearnomusic.org

People who want to be audience members can hear the fun (and watch a beautiful sunset) at the top of Mt. Tabor too. The performance is free and open to the public. Please keep in mind that parking near Mt. Tabor is limited, so you should plan accordingly.

You can view the smiles and tight formation of the 2010 performance of this event on our YouTube video …


Saturday, June 16, 2012, starting at approximately 4:00 p.m., and finishing at approximately 5:00 p.m.

What we ask of you:

A bike with a bell
A helmet
There is a musical score for the piece with very simple instructions, but musical knowledge is not required. Bicyclists will ride for only a short distance at a very slow speed (about 5 mph) in a specific formation, while performing a sequence of different musical sounds (whistling, ringing bells, singing a simple melody). If you’re riding with clip-ins, you might consider swapping out your clip-in pedals for some old-fashion no-clips.

1. We will meet at the WEST END of the track at the  top of Mt. Tabor. Volunteers will be at the top level of the road to direct you to the rehearsal space/starting point.

2. At approximately 4:00 p.m. we will begin rehearsing. We will split up into small groups to make sure everyone knows the sounds to make and the sequence of events. We will then assemble in formation without our bicycles and practice walking through the piece. Then we’ll add the bicycles in.

3. What do I do?

Composer Mauricio Kagel gives some simple instructions as to how this piece works. First, there are five different types of sounds that he asks you to make, and to do them at different volume levels:

a. Bicycle bell or horns sounds. There is a short, loud one; a slightly longer, louder one; and another longer one, loudest of all.

b. Three different whistled sounds. The first is a low note, the second a middle note, and the third a high note. Kagel asks that you make the high and low notes while whistling out (exhaling), and the middle note while whistling in (inhaling). All three whistled notes are done very loudly.

c. Three sung notes. A low note on the vowel A, a middle note on the vowel E, and a high note on the vowel O. All three notes are to be sung loudly (sorta like the way you do it in the shower in the morning).

d. Fluttertongue sounds. A fluttertongue is the kind of sound a kid makes when they imitate a helicopter. Don’t worry, if you can’t figure out how to imitate a helicopter, we’ll demonstrate it for you at the top of Mt Tabor.

e. Imitation of gusts of wind. Using the sound “sch” you imitate the wind 3 times. The first, going from soft to loud back to soft. The second, going from soft to very loud back to soft. The third going from soft to medium-loud back to soft.

Kagel has musically notated these instructions like this:

sound events

4. When do I do it?

You will be making the sounds described above as you ride. Kagel laid out a performance on city streets like this, where you would make the sounds as you ride past the audience standing on the sidewalk:

eine brise

Because Mt Tabor has that great circular path, we will have the audience on the west side of the hill, and ride past them there. There will be volunteers with signs directing you.

Kagel asked that the sounds be made at specific times:

sequence sounds

We will have volunteers holding signs telling you when to make the sounds and what kind of sounds as you ride. No need to memorize all this stuff.

Kagel asks that the cyclists ride in a formation like this:


Kagel also asks that everyone keep approximate 1.5 meters between them and the bikes in front, in back, and to the sides. We’ll have volunteers there to help get the formation set up and, with a little practice, we’re sure everyone can ride in formation.

5. It will be over in a few minutes. The piece only lasts about 2 minutes. However, the composer stated, that it could be repeated. Because Mt. Tabor has the great circular path around the top, we’ll probably do at least a couple repeats of the piece.

6. In the event of rain, the performance will go on. Hey, this is Portland. It’s only water.

Check out other Pedalpalooza activities here:


June 16, 2012
4:00 pm
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Mt. Tabor Park

SE 60th & Salmon St




United States

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