The Distance Music event at Lake Eola October 25, 2014 The distance organ premiered in 2014 at the well attended “Distance Music at Lake Eola for Seven Train Horns and Brass Choirs” concert in downtown Orlando. Horns were donated by Nathan Airchime, powered by nitrogen (N2) gas through seven radio-controlled, solenoid-actuated poppet valves donated by Parker Hannifin’s Pneumatic Division. Funding came from an $8710 Kickstarter and grants of $2500 from
Why Train Horns?? Because they’re LOUD! Traditional instruments can’t produce enough volume (sound pressure level, or SPL, measured in dB decibels) to create Distance Music. To hear rhythmically significant differences in delays, hundreds and thousands of feet of distance between sources is required. Electronic amplification could also make such long distances possible for traditional instruments. But four serious drawbacks make it impractical: 1. Electrical power of the magnitude necessary would be
Pribusin Process Controls & Telemetry, located in Muskegon, MI agreed to develop and construct the radio telemetry equipment for the distance organ. Mike Gertsweiler, president of Pribusin, is personally interested in this project’s success and has generously provided the project with an affordable price. He will offset costs of our radios by not starting from scratch, but rather, making modifications to equipment he already supplies to industry.
I have just received the remaining six train horns from Nathan Airchime! They have loaned me these excellent instruments for the building of the Distance Organ: what will be the loudest pitched instrument in the world. My choices of horns are highlighted in orange: My next step is to purchase the dollies so I can finalize the design of the steel base and plumbing. My twin brother Kevin, meanwhile is
I received the first of seven Nathan Air Chime train horns ! The Nathan Air Chime company, the oldest and most respected of all train horn companies has offered me a loan of seven horns for the Distance Music project. This K1L horn is made of thick cast and machined aluminum: very rugged! It has a 1/2in NPT main inlet port on the bottom of the manifold. This horn is
Portable, Radio-Controlled Sounder Construction: Engineering Goals Prototype first horn Build seven total horns Each sounder will operate separately Each sounder will be built on a steel 2 wheel hand truck for easy mobility strapping, bungie-cords, welding http://www.harborfreight.com/bigfoot-hand-truck-97568.html#<script%20type= $45 as shown Best option: Self-powered Advantages Sounder placement can be anywhere the unit can be wheeled within 1 mile Provides the option to place sounders in Lake Eola for Oct 25