This is a list of upcoming events/projects that turns into a log of activities:


Smart e-bikes at ‘Urban Governance Futures: Scenarios for London’

LSE Cities and the MacArthur Foundation invited me and the smart e-bikes project to their Foresight Seminar ‘Urban Governance Futures: Scenarios for London’ on 16 June 2014. I’m particularly interested in their focus on the role of big data and real-time information in relation to the establishment of new urban governance processes and structure in cities. The seminar’s specific case study is urban transport in London and I look forward to contributing a smart e-bikes perspective.

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I’ll be giving the opening keynote at the ‘Locative media and sound art’ symposium that is happening as part of Sounding City, a leading project for international sound art in Kortrijk, 10th May 2014.


It’s finally out: Behrendt, F (2014) Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk. In: Gopinath and Stanyek (eds) Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music, Volume 2, Oxford University Press: 189-211

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Note: there is also  Volume 1 of The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music.

Remember, ten years ago…when many of the contributors met for the first time at the Mobile Music Workshop Series that I used to organise with Atau Tanaka, Lalya Gaye (and initially Lars-Eric Holmquist) between 2004 and 2008…and the book we published:

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Kirisits, Nicolaj., Behrendt, Frauke, Gaye, Lalya., & Tanaka, Atau. (eds.). (2008). Creative Interactions – The Mobile Music Workshops 2004-2008.Vienna: University of Applied Arts. Download pdf.  See


Invited Keynote at the “Audio Mobility” Symposium, organised by Locus Sonus, a research group at École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence and École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges. Aix en Provence, France, April 16-18 2014.

I’m invited to the ‘academy’ of “City, Religion, Capitalism. Turning Points for Civilization” 3-6 April 2014 in Berlin. A joint project of Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, in cooperation with the LSE Cities project Theatrum Mundi and dctp – Development Company for Television Program. With filmmaker Alexander Kluge, Richard Sennett, Saskia Sassen and others.

Based on the conference presentation ‘The Sound of Cycling’ that I gave in Vienna this summer, I was invited to write a short piece for ‘The Sound of Cycling: Urban Cycling Cultures’, the Velo City Vienna 2013 Conference Magazine that has just been published. Check page 10-13. This is a bit of a teaser for some new research I’m working on.

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My chapter ‘Rrrring…rrrring…rrring…telephone! A Cultural History of the Ringtone’ for the German book A Century in Sound, edited by Paul and Schock is finally out this December. It comes with sound examples on DVD.


Invited to present at the EPINET project’s  ‘Making sense of wearables: new-emerging markets and mediascapes‘ workshop in Brussels, 5th November 2013.

Invited talk at RE.WORK Cities Summit – Combining entrepreneurship, technology & science to re-work the future. London, 13 December 2013. Here is the video:

Accepted paper ‘Making Cycling Sound(s)’ at the European Sound Studies Conference (ESSA), Berlin, 4-6 October 2013.

Invited paper at a  Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies (MusDig) conference, University of Oxford, 11-13 July  2013.

Accepted to present a paper on ‘Smart e-bikes: A New Richness of Data” with Sally Cairns and David Raffo at the World Cycling Research Forum (WOCREF) 2013 in Bristol, 5-6 September 2013.

Accepted to present a paper on ‘Electrically-assisted bikes – a way of mainstreaming cycling to work?’ with Sally Cairns and David Raffo at the Velo-city Conference in Vienna 2013, 11-14 June 2013.

Accepted to present a paper on ‘The Sound of Cycling – The Politics of Performing Bicycles, Bodies and Cities through Sound’ at the Velo-city Conference in Vienna 2013, 11-14 June 2013.

“Using electrically-assisted bikes: lazy cheaters or healthy travellers?” Invited Guardian Blog Post, 14 May 2013.

Invited talk at the Sonic Interaction Design Symposium where the MIT Press book on Sonic Interaction Design launches. ETH (Zurich), 2 May 2013.

Invited to the EU Network of Excellence in Internet Science workshop “Thinking Architecturally”, where I’ll give a brief presentation on ‘Mobile and Sonic Architectures’, University of Cambridge, 28-29 November 2012.

I’ve been invited to speak about electric bikes at the Urban Age Electric City Conference, LSE, London, on the panel ‘Business as Usual or Disruption: New Urban Technology’, 6-7 December 2012. Here is the video:
Behrendt at Electric City

I’ve been invited to chair a panel at the Bridging Sound Workshop and Symposium that Sally-Jane Norman and Michael Bull are organising at the University of Sussex, 23-24 November 2012.

Presenting the smart e-bikes project at the Active Travel Forum, Brighton & Hove City Council, 7th November 2012.

I’m teaching a session on e-bikes in Sue Roberton‘s studio on the MA Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Brighton, 6th November 2012.

‘A fleet of smart e-bikes in Brighton’, talk at the Computing Research Seminar, University of Brighton, 31 October 2012

Theatrum Mundi has posted my reflection on ‘Mobile Sound‘ on their blog.

‘Sharing cycle rides on smartphones and city streets: towards understanding the
intersection of mobile media and electrically-assisted cycling’, accepted paper at ECREA (European Communications Conference), Istanbul, 24-27 September 2012.

Published: Frauke Behrendt (2012) Playing the iPhone. In:  Snickars, Pelle and Vonderau, Patrick (eds) Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media. New York: Columbia University Press: 297-295.

Out now: Frauke Behrendt (2012) The sound of locative media, Convergence 18 (3): 283-295.

We are presenting the research project ‘Smart e-bikes: understanding how commuters and communities engage with electrically-assisted cycling‘ at the World Cycling Research Forum in Enschede, Netherlands, 13-14 September 2012.

Presenting ‘Auditory edges and media ecotones: Framing the mobile listening experience in GPS soundwalks’ at The Global Composition. Conference on Sound, Media and the Environment. Hochschule Darmstadt, Media Campus. July 24-28 2012.

‘The sound of locative media’, invited talk at Locative Audio, Manchester, 29 June 2012.

Invited to Theatrum Mundi conference, LSE, London, 23-25 June

Supersonix. Celebrating the Art and Science and Sound. Conference
Paper on Panel ‘Adventures into Sound: Sonic fiction as Heuristic’
21-23 June 2012

Bicycle enlightenment‘ invited blog post for the Open University’s Open Learn Blog, Geography. With Peter Wood. 30 May 2012.

‘Engaging with mobile media while cycling and media integration on e-bikes’ accepted paper at ICA Mobile Communication Preconference 2012 ‘‘Mobile Communication, Community and Locative Media Practices: From the Everyday to the Revolutionary’, Phoenix, AZ, USA
23 – 24/05/2012

Invited to join Richard Sennett’s Theatrum Mundi as Fellow.

‘Media Cycling: Embodied and Multi-Sensory Mobile Media Practices’ accepted paper at MeCCSA 2012, University of Bedfordshire

‘Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS Sound Walk’ at Rhythm & Event Symposium
King’s College London, 29/10/2011

The Sonic Interaction Design Exhibition is featured: “The latest issue of COST News provides some summer reading on the very first science exhibition organised by a COST Action” and there is another article in an engineering magazine, google translated.

06/2011-05/2014 PI on the EPSRC-funded research project ‘Smart e-bikes – understanding how commuters and communities engage with electrically-assisted cycling’

06/2011 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Brighton

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Guest lecture at Alan Blackwell’s (CHUCOL) ‘Certificate in Humanities Computing for Languages’, University of Cambridge

Beyond Mobile Listening: Engaging with Phones, Sounds and Art, 7-8 July 2011
Keynote at Doctoral Summer Course ‘Reconfiguring Radio’
LARM Audio Research Archive, The Copenhagen Doctoral School

‘Mobile sound art – how do participants verbalise their experiences?’
Talk at panel ‘Speaking about Sound’, organised by Holger Schulze at
NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) conference on ‘Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media’
University of London, 23-26/06/2011

Exhibition opening ‘Sonic Interaction Design’,
Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, Oslo, 29/05/2011
In connection with NIME 2011 (The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression), I’m co-curating an exhibition on Sonic Interaction Design in collaboration with the EU COST IC0601 Action on Sonic Interaction Design (SID).

‘Mobile Sound Art: Audiovisual Audience Experience’
Invited talk at  ‘Audio-visuality. A conference on the experience of audio-visual art, artefacts, and media texts’, track on ‘Mobile Mediated Audiovisuality’. Organised by the research project ‘Audiovisual Culture and the good sound’ and hosted by the Department of Aesthetic Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. 26-28/05/2011

‘Sounds like Mobility: A Mobile Media, Sound and Music Event’
I’m organising this event on 17/05/2011, at CoDE: The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

‘The Electric Bicycle – Cycling E-volution or Re-volution?’
Invited to attend this event at the House of Lords, 10/05/2011

‘Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS sound walk’
Invited paper at Research Seminar
Research Institute of Media, Art&Design, University of Bedfordshire

‘Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS sound walk’
Invited paper, Media Research Seminar Series, University of Brighton

Mobile Sound Workshop
Teaching at Digital Media Arts MA, University of Brighton

‘Spectator or Participant?’
Moderating this session at Club Transmediale, Berlin, 02/02/2011

EPSRC Sandpit ‘Transport Grand Challenge: Travel behaviour, habits and practice’
Selected participant
6-10 December 2010

‘Musical Gesture and Sonic Interaction’
Workshop of SID COST Action, WG3: Interactive Art and Music
Chairing the WG meeting and participating in the workshop
Zurich University of the Arts, Zürich, Switzerland. In collaboration with the ICST Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, and the IAD Interaction Design program.
24-26 November 2010

“Small Texts”?: Text Messages, Art and Public Spheres
Talk at ‘MediaCities’ conference, 29-31 October at Bauhaus University (Weimar)

Mobile Internet: The role of sound for interactions with networked and urban space
Presentation at ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference ‘Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective‘
Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy

‘Exploring Mobile Phone Music and Sounds’

Organised this informal CoDE gathering
22 September 2010

Haptic Audio Interaction Design 2010 (HAID)
Attended the workshop on 16 September 2010

MC and WG meeting
Attended/chaired. Copenhagen (DK), hosted by Aalborg University
15-16 September 2010

Product Sound Design Summer School
Teaching at Aalto Design Factory in Helsinki
23-26 August 2010

For earlier activities please refer to the talks and projects pages, and there is also documentation on my flickr page and my blog.

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