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.

March 29, 2011

Caged Pulse Jets Rev 2

It's official! CPJ is getting a revision thanks to a small Grant! After going to Burning Man, I listened to the feedback from the crew and from friends who had played the sculpture and it will be getting better...much better! The main problem was with the lag time of the control knobs fueling the jets and the effect it had on the jets. Sometimes it took almost a minute for the input to affect the output. This made it difficult for people who did not fully understand the workings of the jet engines to manipulate the sounds. There will be added electric valves to illicit an instantaneous response from the control station. In addition I'll be embellishing on the actual cage structure with some more ironwork and spruce up the control station with more knobs and switches and fun gadgets! I will keep posting once the revision gets on the way!
And yes, it will be back at Black Rock City this year, with me, and my sweet little boy (and the other big boy too- who got a BM Grant to build "Face Forward"; a large stainless steel face in which each of the major muscles responsible for the formation of facial expressions is capable of being individually cable operated by a member of the audience.

So we go as a carnie family...