New trip to Joshua Tree

A new trip to Joshua Tree, California, has been arranged. I will head out there to get started on Shed 2 March 17-25.  Anyone who would like to help as a volunteer (some compensation avail.) please contact me at steve.storz0@gmail.com. A second trip later this Spring is in the planning stage when we will deliver the Mansard roof and Research Station 2.

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Station 2 sound system

Each of the research stations in the KARF installations has its own sound system. I record and mix a soundscape that is specific to each station in addition to the sounds the equipment makes. Station 2 ( that will be installed in Shed 2 due to be built the first week of February, 2018, in Joshua Tree, California, where it will reside permanently), being themed around fluids and solutions, has a sound track that features voice transmissions of technicians and scientists talking about the science of Station 2. I wrote a script, recorded myself reading the parts, modified each voice track, and mixed in some other segments from other soundscapes I have done for other stations. The end mix will play from a 4 gigabyte mp3 player amplified through a scavenged car stereo. I had to hack the player so it would waken and go into play mode without anyone having to press the buttons on it. The photo shows the prototype setup on my electronics bench. Station 2 sound sys proto

KARF:JT

KARF shed logotype 2 cropA new division of the Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility (KARF) has been approved in Southern California. The new installation will be located in Joshua Tree about 1 mile off hi way 62. The site is being donated by one of my collectors there. The structure designated Shed 2 will be constructed this winter and the research station (Station 2) and all its electronics should be in and running by spring 2018. There is also a new website dedicated to the KARF installations here:https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite

Keep in touch.

Steve Storz

Monster Slayer Radio

The Director of a local film that will be called Monster Slayer called the other day and hired me to build a prop for his film. The prop needed to be a portable radio that looked home-made/modified. Here’s the photo of it after return from the first location shoot.

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It was a fun challenge to work on this. I started with a vintage rf generator I had in my supplies. The prop need to be opened up for a shot showing its innards being worked on and it needed an antenna and lots of knobs. I added the ceramic insulators, antenna, switch, and working indicator light on top and speaker grill on the front. It had to fit into a backpack so it couldn’t be to large or unwieldy. To give it an extra “homemade” look I suggested the battery be strapped to the exterior. On the other side is a hand crank like old military field radios used to have. The film is in first stages of production and you can find out more about it and support the project at http://monsterslayerproject.com

Sketchbook KARF Station 1

This is a sketchbook drawing from 2010 of one concept for Station 1 of the KARF installation. I look back at old sketchbooks and notes to refresh my ideas and sometimes solve problems I am up against. I like the spindly look of this station-how it has a slight unsteady cant. Nearly all of my sculpture has some part that juts out or leans away from the base. In the real world as I built this I had to center more of the weight over the casters on the bottom. It was that or actually having to deal with it falling over. I found a way to compensate for the teetering feeling I was after by crowding elements onto the upper section of the station, mounting them at slightly cockeyed angles, to get that feeling of precariousness I wanted. Also see the new website about the KARF installations: https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite

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Air Pumping Unit

The actual air pump is small, plastic, not very romantic or iconic so I carved up a hunk of cottonwood to make a stout nodule shaped housing for it. Here are a few photos of the process.

Raw Cottonwood

Raw Cottonwood

To start there was a good heft to the log with a limb jutting from it.

I kinda melt and flow when I’m carving cottonwood.

Initial shaping and some sanding

Initial shaping and some sanding

Veering and swaying, I grind, floating around the grain. I left the frayed, velvety surface not sanded fine. It came to resemble something; a body organ, a heart, but it will need extra valve structures, fins, ports and jets radiating hoses coated in gelatin waxes. In my mind I often see things that are organ shaped objects or shapes that conjure up lumps of muscular knotted vine, root twists, orb clots packed with goo, fungus heads that protrude like swelled bones under meat.

More shaping and sanding

More shaping and sanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel soothed when an angular form rests near a rounded shape, flowing tubing encircling all around. So I mounted the pump housing on a rectangular plate of wood.

Mounting pump housing to board

Mounting pump housing to board

The pump housing later became depended from a cast aluminum part of a helicopter engine. I can run hoses and tubing between pump housing and engine part to plenum the air to different places.

Mounting pump to board-left side

Mounting pump to board-left side

Eventually the air will bubble through some liquids that will be in vials and bottles in various places on the station. Having left the wood surface crude I like how it contrasts with the precision machined objects I mounted to it later. It’s not quite finished. Once I have the basic elements added I’ll mount it to the station. From then on I’ll integrate other systems of tubing, controls, to it. More about the KARF installations:https://karflab.wixsite.com/mysite