Plattenspieler Design Blog

Gears

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on June 7, 2009

http://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html

This site lets you animate and design your own gear templates!

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Prototype: Cone pedal powered record player.

Posted in Proposals by anthonybrato on June 5, 2009

Here is the prototype with a cone player in action. The song is All Night Long. Performed by some creature and a band of halfwit musicians! Over the pedals and the pulleys its a bit hard to hear.

In this one you can here it a bit clearer, its just finger power.

Industrial record player

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on May 27, 2009

Not so related apart from being an interesting art piece revolving around the form of a record player and the qualities that can be explored.

Building the prototype

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on May 26, 2009

So after tightening the chain up, and getting the mechanism to power that wheel, it was time to introduce the record.
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In this video, the music is being played backwards. It is being played through a Gramaphone needle and sound box. Basically; fancy tin.

In this video a homemade soundbox is being used. A pepsi can with a needle taped to it. Not much difference in quality, but its not as loud. The pin snapped when the home made soundbox accidentally fell into the spinning spokes. Luckily the Gramaphone soundbox avoided this fate.

The wheel only allowed me to place the record on the side that was turning counter clockwise, no good seeing as the record would be going backwards. So an extension and another wheel is needed.
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And this is it lieing down
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another test! still not there

Other record art pieces

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on May 26, 2009

Other artists have taken the possibility of the record and have epxlored the outcomes.

Alexander Laner:

Sportscar motor rotating at around 800 revolutions, reduced to 33 revolutions by a gearbox, playing records on a turntable mounted to the engine block.

Bicycle playing a 7 inch record mounted to the back wheel.
http://www.vvork.com/?p=2091

Helmet Smits:

The cycling speed influences the sound, similar to walkman!
http://www.vvork.com/?p=590

Jeroen Diepenmaat:

Stuffed birds play records by putting their beak into the groove.

»loop/loop« is a recordplayer that changes its pitch depending on the walking speed.

In the instalation »in honour of a new affair«, a needle is installed above each recordplayer that connects the vinyl with the large pieces of paper. The sound of the records are being transported to the paper and the paper makes it audible. The needle constantly changes its position, due to the wind.
http://www.vvork.com/?p=1945

Into the shop! sourcing mechanisms

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on May 19, 2009
a shot of a potential Bike Mechanism

a shot of a potential Bike Mechanism

Here are a few photographs of a potential Bike Mechanism. Its an adults bike frame, with a 26inch MTB wheel attached to the back. There is a front derailleur that is holding the chain in the higher gear of the two, however no rear derailleur so its all willy nilly out the back. This is also leaving the chain too long; shortening of the chain required before this will work properly.

surplus view of potential bike mechanism

surplus view of potential bike mechanism

Prototype sketches

Posted in Proposals by anthonybrato on May 18, 2009

Here are two sketches of a prototype working with a bicycle as the mechanism.
The second is in a case.

protosketch

protosketch

Protosketch2

Protosketch2

How to make a gramophone horn

Posted in Research by anthonybrato on May 7, 2009

How to make a gramophone horn!
This link takes you to a page showing an excerpt from a book that details how to make a simple gramophone horn from sheets of steel.


Alternative mechanisms

Posted in Proposals by anthonybrato on May 5, 2009

Sketches

Posted in Proposals by anthonybrato on May 5, 2009

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