Make Music Winter: December 21, 2015

RPM / BLINK / Wheels | P. Spadine, Merche Blasco, & Nissim Schaul

This musical trilogy encircles Prospect Park with the sounds of tuned bicycle bells. Seasoned and casual cyclists are invited to perform three pieces for bicycle bells: Merche Blasco’s “BLINK” from Make Music Winter 2013, Nissim Schaul’s “Wheels” from MMW 2014, and this year’s premiere “RPM” by P. Spadine.

Riders will travel through Prospect Park, following scores transmitted from lead bikes using special helmets embedded with lights, which will cue bicycle bells of different pitches. Color-coded bicycle bells will be distributed to the first 50 participants at the beginning of the parade.

NB: The parade begins at 5:30pm (this is a change from a previous time) at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza; all are invited to join with their bicycles.

Produced in association with the Prospect Park Alliance.

Watch highlights of Merche Blasco’s “BLINK” from 2013:

Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn), 5:30pm

Grand Army Plaza, 7:00pm

How to Join
Bring your bicycle (and a screwdriver to attach your bell)!

Composer, amateur engineer, scientific tourist, and pack rat P. Spadine spends the  vast majority of his time guiding the Ashcan Orchestra thru it's  glorification rites praising the known universe and is incredibly grateful for the opportunities shared by D.I.Y. basements to respectable NYC institutions that have allowed Ashcan to share it's menagerie since 2007.

Trained as an Engineer, Merche Blasco developed in parallel to her studies a more creative path related with sound, video, installation and performance. As an Electronic Music Performer she has collaborated with various artists like Chicks on Speed, Cristian Vogel or Lucy Orta. She has presented her performance and installation work in Sonar Festival in Barcelona, NIME conferences, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art (New York), Dumbo Festival (NYC), Harvestworks (NYC) and Tsonami Sound Festival (Valparaíso, Chile), among others. Her work has appeared in journals such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Wire magazine. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship she graduated from the MPS Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP/NYU) and became a Resident Researcher there with a year­long fellowship. She currently lives in New York where her research and practice revolves around new tools for Electronic Music Performance, participatory sound performances and Electroacoustic Improvisation.

Nissim Schaul is a Paris-based American composer with a penchant for unusual sonorities and ancient and unconventional instruments. He also has a thing for urban transportation networks, and has become an avid bike rider: for the past few years, his main way of getting around Paris has been the local rental bike program, Vélib’. Nissim’s compositions revolve around notational flexibility and embracing the hazards of live performance. The New York Times has called his work “spare and whispered, with a dissonant but compelling edge that keeps you fascinated.” His music has been heard all around New York and Paris, throughout the US, and internationally, and has been performed by QNG-Quartet New Generation, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble Sillages, and Ensemble Interface. The Baroque ensemble Flying Forms recorded his music for Baroque instruments on the recently released album, New Music for Old Instruments. When not composing, Nissim is learning to play the vielle à roue (French hurdy-gurdy), just for fun.

The Prospect Park Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 that partners with the City of New York to ensure the ongoing care and long-term stewardship of Prospect Park. The Alliance preserves the natural environment, restores historic design, and provides public programs and amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year.


Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley