Composed and Produced by Sami El-Enany
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4
Wheel Talk is composed entirely using the momentum of a single 700c bicycle wheel. The sounds and rhythms were generated by attaching a range of beaters to the wheel including pencils, pegs, paintbrushes and plectrums. The wheel is then spun and comes into contact with a range of surfaces, including drum skins, bells, guitars, cymbals and glasses. Preparing the wheel in different ways by shifting the number of beaters as well as their spacing around the wheel allowed disobedient polyrhythms to emerge. Another governing force in the piece is friction, the wheel slows at various speeds depending on what surface it is coming into contact with, as a result, new textures and intensities materialise in time lapses.