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Woke up early with a lot of ideas for the moonbase presenting themselves.

1: projection. I have the quantum projector but I hadn't known what to do with it. Now I see that it needs to be driven by computer. It can run my hundreds of photos of the doll house (which I think now is how I should have displayed them at Rock Lititz), or my collection of images from 1933, or video of cab view journeys through the alps, or just color fields, or those funky screen savers from the 90's. I could use a prism and project onto the floor, or decide on a wall and get some screen material...

2: blue light. I have a 30' strip of blue leds that is too rave on its own, but which could be an accent. I can hide it in...

3: the valance. At least I think it's called a valance. I have some exposed pipes along the ceiling that I'd like to cover, yet they can't be boxed in completely (they're pipes, they might need maintenance), so I plan on covering them with a board (maybe it's called a cove), and it seemed that to give the board a better reason for being there, I can put indirect lights in it. Maybe a blue light...

4: rolling storage. I'm still deciding how big these units should be. I'm pretty sure they will be topped with a grey lon floor product and be latched together with coffin locks. The latest scheme there is to have latches on all four sides so that they can be latched together face to face, closing off the front openings and whereby hiding the junk stored inside. I want the option of the diffusion the comes from random junk left exposed to the room however, so no doors on them. I've got some really big casters now, they might end up being the height of the vault which could be useful for making a big long, or square, waist-high work surface... for, you know, 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

5: vocal booth. There's some ideas about a vocal booth- either modifying an existing area or building a roll-around booth. If constructed like the vault sound transmission would be acceptable- but there need to be some experiments with ventilation. I may mock something up out of cardboard boxes and brown paper...

6: big door. The big garage door hasn't been opened in years, but in future it would be nice to have that option. I could velcro screening into the opening and it would be fantastic in the summer, as it's not a bad view. At a party it will be a place for jams. This is getting closer to being practical, as I've removed everything (almost everything) that would have interfered with it moving.

The moonbase concept is coming together. It's a visual, as well as a sonic, space. Most studio design (if there IS any design) is based around a few stock tropes- wooden trim, carpeted floors, glass interior windows and small rooms... call it the recording studio as orthodontist's office. The moonbase aims higher... about 239,000 miles higher.


Thelonious Monk said it-

"It's always night, or we wouldn't need light."

Sounds like quantum physics...

catty corner

Here in the moonbase we have pools of light where we need them- this area (call it the catty-corner?) on the sideboard for instance.

catty corner1

The light here is from a purchase I made in the 1970's- a Hammond organ came along under it. The organ went to a storefront church in Harrisburg in the 1980's.

The funky 20's era-looking lamp remains.

turntable light

I want to make my own lamps. but meanwhile I'll take things I can use, like this $20 adjustable, for lighting video and photos.


caltrop case

This object is a caltrop, a tetrahedron formed as a spiked object, with the interesting property that, if thrown on the ground, one of its spikes will always point up. Iron caltrops have been used for puncturing tires, and for distressing war horses.

Draftsman Tedd Bushnell had a hobby when I worked with him which involved geometry. He liked to fold paper into geometric shapes, and one day he gave me this caltrop. He told me to protect the ends of the spikes, as they were very fragile (being made of paper, naturally). He warned me specifically that cats would chew on them. I guess he'd had some experience with this.

Now, many years later, I've managed to keep cats from chewing on the spikes, but gravity has caused the tips to wrinkle a bit. I think it's a wonderful creation, so to protect it I'm making a case for it out of polycarbonate. I intend to put it up on some sort of stand in there, just to keep the weight off, right?

So far my case making skills come nowhere near Tedds skill in folding paper, but it'll help keep his artwork safe.



An ongoing project, moving slow and steady, is the latest Willy Marble Experience thing.

I've had all the raw tracks for months, it's just a matter of the mix- I've got 24 to 30 tracks each for 8 or 9 songs, and while there's been no rush to get this finished, it IS a lot of fun to run two 4416's in sync. I have a third one which could take me up to 48 tracks, and which would fit on this desk- or on the desk I'm planning on building:

The Moonbase Console.

moonbase console



Found a pair of these old Univox mic stands on Craig's yesterday. I thought the look was good for the moonbase, and they have the advantage of the one knob adjustment for both boom angle and extension. Genius!

They are a little odd in that the base shaft is a bit shorter than the usual mic stand.
I don't know why, exactly, I just like 'em.

As it happens, I knew the guy selling 'em- Bill Grabowski, a studio owner/muso who I hadn't seen in years.


He's doin' his California thing.

Progress report from the Moon Base

This shot, taken from somewhere in the Kuiper Belt, shows why the states are all different colors.


Elastic tensioning devices on the boom. Night time on earth.


The flickering aurorea are caused by antique bulbs, it seems. Finally got them all working, but not without an implosion.

Light from the boom illuminates Ray Messer's drumkit.


A view of the moonbase, 1-13-2019, 10:19:44, EST.
(there's more computing power IN YOUR CELLPHONE!!!)

moonbase wide

Here's the photon shield, fully extended on its new support structure, on 01-12-2019.

in back

The photon shield activated. Highly effective!


Support structure for the photon shield. Copper alloy tubing- surprisingly inexpensive.

curtain rod

Yes, things are shaping up here at the base. Still, it's a never-ending pursuit. Someday I hope to get one of these- an F.S.A. (feline streaming apparatus).


Pretty salty.

Time to replace the old bamboo screens in the studio. I scored some soft goods, a 20' by 24' black curtain, that was headed for the trash at work. I needed to cut it down a bit.

curtain layout

I don't have a big enough floor to lay this out properly. At work they have soft goods tables as big as my entire studio.

curtain going up

Here it's been cut to length (height?) and hanging has begun.

curtain going up2

Almost done. It's hanging from the old bamboo poles that used to hold up the screens.

curtain is up

This is the front of the curtain, in place, on the left. Yes, you can't really see it, that's the point. The back of it is just as black.

in back

In fact, the back is the part I'm excited about! I can take photos now without worrying about junk in the background. The curtain is the full height of the room- over 9 feet.

caltrop 01

Now I can take pictures like this... and have a little fun with them.

caltrop 04

Another thing is that the reverb time has dropped in here. Not sure how that will affect the drum sound, but the curtains can always be pulled back/tied up somehow to adjust that. Overall it sounds quieter.


quantum projection

New year and a new paradigm. Quantum Projection. That's where you take a non-working video projector and diddle with it until it sort of works, even though it's never going to go back in the box again.

(That's Tom Hanks on a raft. Sounds like something a baptist would use to cuss, don't it? TOM HANKS ON A RAFT!!!)

I've been listening to some lectures about quantum mechanics- This is a really good one. "There's a clearer sense of what's important..." In which Philip Ball lays it out mostly clearly, in a lecture hall where freakin' Faraday made some presentations. (If I ever was ever to get in there I'd scratch my initials in that desk!)


Anyway, here's Captain Queeg, in a somewhat similar situation to Mr. Hanks.


So here's the thing. I think that I know what's wrong with this projector. But the thing is that what's wrong with it doesn't make it unusable. Mr. Ball's lecture explains a lot, but it has a bit of a quantum error in the midst of it, which seems to me to be exactly the point, and exactly the same thing that's going on with this projector. His lecture is very useful, even though there's something going on that isn't exactly what was intended.



hang left

hang right

New boards holding up the JBLs. They sound good up there...