Nutcracker On Bicycles

Even haters gotta give love to Tchaikovsky. Respect! “The Nutcracker Suite” is one of those pieces we only get to hear during Xmas time, and it’s one of the few classical compositions we unequivocally love. So when we came across this bizarre mash-up challenge, we had to hear it. From San Francisco-based composer Flip Baber (via Create Digital Music):I was recently approached by award winning advertising agency, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to do a composition for their client, Specialized. Specialized is a bike manufacturer and they needed some Christmas music, but with a twist: They wanted me to create the music from only bike sounds … At first I didn?t think it could be done, but as I recorded sounds from my road bike and mountain bike it started to take shape. Here?s the instrumentation and score:

Tchaikovsky?s Nutcracker Suite, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Glockenspiel & Clarinet melody = spokes.
Cello & Violin pizzicatos = plucked derailleur cables.
Triangle = disc brake hit.
Percussion = shifting, coasting, finger over turning spokes, chain pulls, braking, clipping into pedals, back-spinning, air out of tires.

Here’s his “Bikecracker”:

Flip Baber – “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” (MP3)

Head here for a video-interpretation of the tune, with a rundown of the pieces isolated sounds. And if you can think of a good Tchaikovsky/bicycle pun, we’ll change the post title for ya.