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.

July 23, 2010

Working Days, Working Nights

Time does fly! I had some crazy ambition that the project would be DONE by now, but hey, we are close, but not quite there yet. We have had a good turnout of help and we are in the last stretch to get the cage done and the jets mounted. Most of the components had to be ordered so there has been plenty of time spent tracking missing or late packages. We have set a deadline to test the sculpture, and everyone on the crew is working hard to meet that. The fabulously made commutators are done, thanks to Christian, and are ready to get mounted on the jet arms. Steve is working hard to get the console wired for interfacing with the jets and the public- not an easy task! I finally found 300' of affordable propane hose with appropriate JIC fittings, which should arrive next week, and then we are ready to test!
Personally I am falling in and out of good use as my 30 LBS front pack is wearing me down in the shop- baby is heavy!
And on another note, there is now a kickstarter support page for the project to help us get over the budget crunch- Hopefully our goal of $1000 will get us there! Any donation is very appreciated, small as well as big!


  1. I'm glad I am not the only one that thought my project would be done by now. I need to spend less time looking at the calendar and more time looking at the next part that need to be made.

    See you soon.

  2. I happened upon the project early in the week. Let's just say I wanted to come back when I was more coherent. Somehow I never found it again. Will you be there for 2011?