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This DJ device is on the down low. Converts your bike movements into electronic soundscapes. Pretty radical.


‘Turntable rider’ is an add-on kit that converts bicycles into a DJ-ing console and as a big fan of bikes and music it really is ticking all the boxes.

The prototype was designed for cogoo bike sharing company by interaction artist Toshiyuki Sugai as a way of encouraging bike sharing efforts in Japan, where high rates of bicycle use have led to congested bike parking areas.

With sticks that attach to the rims, the bike’s wheels become a kind of moving jog dial; the handbrakes become sound pads; and a crossfader is affixed to the handlebars. in the demo video, pro BMX rider Kotaro Tanaka live-plays a remix of the classic Japanese song ‘sakura’, using sounds by DJ Baku. If it wasn’t so heavy my Pearson would definitely be pimped like this. Any excuse for a bit more dubstep!


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2 responses

  1. I love this video. I want to turn my bike into a turntable too!

    April 20, 2012 at 4:49 am

  2. I know! Ain’t it just the coolest thing! Dang! 🙂

    April 20, 2012 at 4:53 am

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