thunder wheel array

Photo Credit: Stephanie Smith

The Thunder Wheel Array – Neil Feather

Thunder wheels make the sounds of rolling thunder. First a bicycle wheel has its tire studded with 10 to 30 strong magnets. Then a drumhead gets a magnet sandwich mounted towards the center of its head. The wheel is mounted to the drum such that the wheel magnets repel the drumhead magnets as the wheel magnets spin past. The wheel is spun and it sounds like thunder. Five Thunder wheels of varied design were installed so that viewers can interact with the Thunder wheels and create sonic weather. (Made possible by generous generosity of Velocipede.)

The Thunder Wheels were then “activated” by the artist during a performance by an ensemble playing a number of homemade instruments by Feather:

Recording: Maria Papadomanolaki for free109point9