Last year, photographer/cinematographer Julien Boulanger of Bereflex proved that a small mic package connected to an iPhone can produce amazing pro-quality sound especially when attached to one of the must cutting edge of top-end bicyles, the Arvak.
The long, winding road down to the river where I used to live across the valley has become inundated with big packs of middle-aged cyclists aka MAMILs in matching uniforms plastered with sponsor logos and slogans proclaiming the seriousness of their “stuff”. Their bicycles are Italian engineering miracles that cost almost as much as the giant glossy black European SUVs they drive up in.
I suspect, though, they might chuckle with puzzlement at the wooden monocoque bicycles made by French manufacturer Keim. Kim's bikes, including the Arvak, are sculptural masterpieces with a real respect for the natural world and they are definitely the sort of bicycle I might be found riding. The hand-carved Alérion is particularly alluring.Julien Boulanger uses MyMyk SmartMyk & SmartLynk system to shoot amazing wooden bicycle. Click To Tweet
I would ride such a bike in the quieter byways of this suburb. If, that is, the local drivers could be trusted. From the corpses that litter our streets, of ring-tailed and brush-tailed possums, rainbow lorikeets, crimson rosellas, king parrots, brush turkeys and far too many beloved family pets, I wouldn’t trust a single one of them not to bowl me over too.
But I can dream and look forward to the day I return to the rural roads and lanes of France and Belgium where Keim’s Arvak bicycle is so clearly right at home.
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In April 2014, French bicycle designer Keim unveiled The “Arvak” bicycle. Using innovative manufacturing technology with a radical design, the bicycle was manufactured and designed in Savonnières in the Loire valley, France.
Combining wood and composite technology, between 20 and 50 layers of white ash are vacuum-laminated to build a silent and homogeneous monocoque-frame (one single hollow piece). These unique manufacturing techniques open up new aesthetic horizons for bicycle manufacturing.
Photographer and Cinetographer Juilen Boulanger of Bereflex Films has been filming the “Arvak Bicycle” using the MyMyk system attached to the wooden monocoque frame.
Julien mounted the SmartMyk directional microphone to SmartLynk the audio mixer / workstation and the MyMyk Camera Audio APP (on his iPhone), to the wooden frame of the bicycle. He specifically wanted to record the isolated sound of the bicycle in action, to illustrate the smooth and quiet features of this unique machine.
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)