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Nutcracker Suite played exclusively on bicycle parts

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Create Digital Music has an article on Flip Baber‘s version of Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, originally from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

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Interestingly enough, the whole thing was done exclusively on bicycle parts! Flip Baber (aka johnnyrandom) created this composition for a bicycle manufacturer, Specialized, who needed some Christmas music for the upcoming holiday season.

Check out the instruments used:

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.

Check CDM for a sound clip, or visit johnnyrandom.com for more about Flip Baber.

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