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 25, 2011

Fixin' the Cage!

All right, between working in the shop for money, working on the Pulse Jet Cage and working on little Kodiak, this blog just falls by the wayside. We had a great crew come out and help yesterday- we set the cage up and evaluated what needed fixin'...luckily not all that much as it's in pretty good shape. Some new bracing on the jet stands will help stabilize the cage, and added rib supports for safety was also discussed. The jets are running fine, we even got the smallest one to rev up, by plugging one of the intakes. Eric Beck provided an augmenter for that jet which we will install this time around. For a small little jet, the thrust is pretty good. The console will be made much more user friendly- as in serviceable. I'm adding a hinged top, so it can be fixed on site. The first of the EPC valves will be here next week. The challenge will be to nail the communication between the EPC valve and the potentiometer in the console. Not always a plug and play situation, so we will trouble shoot that if necessary. All in all a great turn out in people power, and I am excited to re-vamp the project!!!