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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Happy Holidays from Specialized

For a second straight year, the folks at Specialized have posted their distinctive holiday card: a glockenspiel-free rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker Suite" performed entirely with bicycle parts.

Flip Baber -- aka Johnny Random -- was commissioned to write the Christmas card piece in November 2006. According to a story at BikeBiz.com, the glockenspiel and clarinet melody was created with spokes. The cello and violin pizzicatos were created with plucked derailleur cables. The tingly triangle was a bash on to a disc brake. The percussion was a medley of shifting, coasting, finger over turning spokes, chain pulls, braking, clipping into pedals, back-spinning, and air pssssing out of tires.

The Flash version on the Specialized site is a sharper than the YouTube video shown here, plus you can send it to all your cycling friends!

Thanks to longtime friend and cyclist Doug Kaufman for passing this along to me.

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Roger 2 comments links to this post 12:51 PM

Here is the process I used to create it: http://createdigitalmusic.com/2006/11/28/nutcracker-suite-played-exclusively-on-bicycle-parts/

Glad you liked it!
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