Caged Pulse Jets is an interactive, kinetic sound sculpture. The caged birds are five spinning pulse jet engines of various sizes that create a range of percussive and droning tones. Through a completely interactive interface, the public can create sound compositions ranging from the symphonic to the cacophonous while they are held captive by the fiery jets spinning by their own thrust.

June 27, 2010


Suddenly there are five volunteers in the shop on a Saturday busting ass on the cage! The cage is almost done, the pulse jets have arrived (thank you Eric!) and we are about to put everything together. The control station is mostly built, and now needs the plumbing and the various cool switches and dials, to be doctored by Steve Storz- our team electric artist.
Once the skeleton of the cage is finished, all the plumbing goes in, as the propane will feed through the middle rib of each quadrant for four of the jets and the fifth will lay on the floor. Christian is machining the commutators, which will enable the jets to spin freely. The cage is big, but light, and the only hic-up so far is how to fit it on a trailer... Hopefully a 22 ft. trailer will do the job- but first I have to find one...

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