Paint My Chopper Pink


November 20, 2008 as part of the CCM Sonic Explorations concert in Cincinnati, OH.



Fixed Format


5 minutes


This is a motorcycle motet in four voices. This piece begins with four different motorcycle engines revving, then the various sounds are manipulated using Max/MSP and PeRColate. It was inspired by the sound of my neighbors’ motorcycles warming up in the morning. As their vehicles warmed up, I could hear the random pulses the machines generated.

This piece was also inspired by these lines from the film Pulp Fiction:

Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this?
Butch: It's a chopper, baby.
Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
Butch: It's Zed's.
Fabienne: Who's Zed?
Butch: Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.

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