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'Howling Hometrainers'

A Logos Production

Godfried-Willem Raes, Laura Maes, Kristof Lauwers & Mattias Parent

When we built and realized Godfried-Willem Raes' second symphony, scored for 12 to 24 singing bicycles we have always been confronted with the sheer impossibility to make a decent recording of the piece. By the very concept of the moving bicycles through a given city, any listener can at the most get to hear a snapshot of the symphony. Just enough to get intrigued. If you were, as a performer on one of the bikes at the other hand, it wasn't possible to hear the symphony as a whole, as you got to hear mostly your own 'instrument'. In 2015 we were commisioned an interactive musical installation project for the Bing Bang Festival and we took up the singing bicycles concept again, applying it this time to hometrainers.

Here are some pictures of a try-out performance at Logos, using only six prepared home trainers:
At this occasion the performers were (left to right): Yvan Vander Sanden, Dominica Eyckmans, Kristof Lauwers, Emilie De Vlam, Mattias Parent, Moniek Darge. The 'conductor' is Godfried-Willem Raes.

After this performance the project was transported to Lisbon, Portugal. In november it will reappeared at De Singel in Antwerp, Bozar in Brussels, Handelsbeurs in Ghent and in Lille (France) at the opera house.


Collaborators on the construction of the Howling Hometrainers project:

  • Mattias Parent
  • Moniek Darge
  • Laura Maes
  • Kurd Vandevelde
  • Godfried-Willem Raes
The full installation consists of a minimum of ten prepared hometrainers.
An audio sample (mp3) is available here
  • This project can be rented from Logos for public installations. Feel free to contact us via email.


24-25 october 2015: Big Bang Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

1th november 2015: Big Bang Festival, De Singel, Antwerp, Flanders

8th and 9th november 2015: Bozar, Bruxelles, Belgique

15th november 2015: Handelsbeurs, Gent, Flanders

21th and 22nd november 2015: Opera, Lille, France

11th of april to 30 september 2016: Veere, Grote Kerk, Netherlands

27th-28th may 2016, Stavanger, Norway


february 10th and 11th , 2017, Enschede, Netherlands: