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Sonic Submarine

Sonic Submarine Proposal

This is a proposal for an experimental musical instrument/sound sculpture. This was inspired by the work of Marilyn Donadt Percussion/sculptor/artist.

The Base

The base would be a simple piece of plywood laminated up to being around 1” thick and large enough in diameter to keep the piece from tipping over when played.

The Foot

The foot that would separate the main form from the base would be a piece of mild steel tubing. It would be glued into the center of the wooden base. It would be in turn brazed to the bottom of the resonance chamber.

Resonance Chamber

The resonance chamber is to be fashioned out of two stainless steel mixing bowls. Right now I have 16’ bowls but varying size of the bowls on future variation would be interesting.

All resonance chambers would have a sounding hole in the bottom front.

Later pieces might use two tank ends of mild steel to get larger resonance chamber. It would probably be better to weld these together then to try to braze them.

Central Post

Right now I have 3 variations in mind for the basic instrument. The differences between the 3 variations are primarily in the material of the central. All of the variations would have the central post go through a hole in the top bowl and be brazed on both the inside and outside of the bowl.

The first would use a brass rod about the size of my little finger in diameter.

Next would be a high carbon steel rod harden and about the size of my little finger in diameter.

Last would be a piece of 4” copper tubing

All variations can be played by by striking with a variety of drum sticks or mallets

Steel Plate

About the width of my hand up the central post would be brazed a mild steel plate, approximately 4” X 1.5” X 14 gauge, with rounded corners.

This could be played by striking with fingers, by striking with a variety of drum sticks or mallets, rubbed with a rubber ball, or it can be shaken.

Bronze Rods

In an arc around the central post would be brazed a series of tuned bronze rods.This could be played by striking with fingers, by striking with a variety of drum sticks or mallets, rub with rosined fingers, or it can be bowed with a violin bow.

Future experimentation

Future experimentation would be to take the base idea and add extension springs of 6’ to 12’. They would attached at one end to the steel plate near the leading edge on either side of the central post. The other end would be attached to a drum head.  They would be held under tension. They could be played by by stroking with fingers, bowed with a violin bow or by playing any other part of the instrument.

A variation of this would be to tie one end of the springs to a thin gauge steel plate in a frame. Once again tension would have to be held.

Adding guitar strings of bass guitar strings in a similar manner would also be interesting.

Ronald McDonald Chair

Ronald McDonald Chair

If I was to name my chair it would be “Tortoiskopillii joyfully dances in the sun”. I hope this chair brings some child great joy and even on dark days bring sunshine into the lives of the people around it.

Like Pablo Picasso, I often search for the innocence of a child and a child’s view of the world and try to bring this world into my own artwork.

From my very large and sometimes very commercial body of work it is the more childlike work and the stories that I cherish  the most.

I have long been fascinated with the artwork and prehistory of the Native Americans of the Greater Southwestern United States. And of the indigenous peoples of the world as well, for that matter  Out of this love and my love of storytelling grew a group of characters that include Tortoiskopillii.

I have chosen to do Tortoiskopillii here dancing among many of his friends, the petroglyphs and pictographs found on the rocks and in the artwork of the indigenous peoples around the world. I made this choice because I feel that Tortoiskopillii dancing in the sun is a good way to bring Joy into the world.

I feel the petroglyphs and pictographs give the chair a sense of the prehistory and will encourage a child to ask questions about their world and to make stories of their own.

In coming up with a design of my chair I sat at my drawing board and worked.  While I worked, My beloved Corgi, Raymond, would lay on my feet and go to sleep.  More than once I had to get Raymond to move a few minutes and walk around because I would suddenly realize that my feet had fallen asleep.

My wife passed away Christmas day of this last year. Raymond was her service dog for much of the last year of her life. Doing this chair has been a blessing on my life because it has given both Raymond and I a sweet way to reconnect to the Tortoiskopillii character and the storytelling that my wife was at one time so much a part. This helped me remember the good times and helped me heal from her loss.

I have played Santa Claus many times over the years and I was at one time a professional clown. I used to take both Santa Claus and my clown characters to the pediatric wings of my local hospitals. Through this I met many families who were thankful for the Ronald McDonald House.

With my art work and drums I have supported the Ronald McDonald House for years and intend to continue.

as for me and my house, I will choose to serve the Lord,

I would appreciate you-all going to visit her :iconkyuubi55: poll and give her ideas.…
The Close Of A Chapter
The Close Of A Chapter 

I have known very few people as long as I have know these two. This is Walt Howard and Dave Oliver. Walt is the anchor I have work with all these years and Dave is the meteorologist.  We are posing for this because this is the last time all three of us will work together. Tomorrow I leave my job of many years and I leave behind many friends that I think of as family.
I would appreciate you-all going to visit her :iconkyuubi55: poll and give her ideas.…


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I made the Steampunk goggles I am wearing

I was my birthday present to myself

I really would go flying if I could

If it could be with 16 cylinders of supercharged, canvas and dope covered, amphibious, island hopping fury I would. Hopeless Romantic by bear48

I want to feel the wind in my face and have not much more that a well built kite around me Curtis Junior by bear48

Or just to race the wind in something I built myself Somday by bear48

such are the things of dreams

Be well and many blessings on your houses


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