Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ROCK Radio

My ROCK Radio. The number two in my cement-audio-series. It started of being a very nice rectangular brick shape. Then I found out that a thick layer of cement shields the radio from actually receiving radio waves. With my "Now it doesn't work anyway" philosophy, I took a big hammer and created this Flintstones look, and the radio works!

In my next attempt, I will leave the interface on the back open, see if that works...
Left entry = loudspeaker, middle = antenna, right= power (I found out that plugging the power in the loudspeaker entry didn't harm the radio, and I thought no icons to point out which plug should sit where was kind of cool)

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15 comments:

Elena said...

Russian Radioportal published your Post:
http://www.radioportal.ru/articles/3220/kamennoe-radio-guusa-oosterbaana

Guus Oosterbaan said...

thanks for the tip

Hot Sauce said...

rock on baby, cool radio ;-)

http://spiceupyourgear.blogspot.com/2009/08/rock-on-baby-cool-radio.html

Photox said...

you, my sir. are genious! ( are you dutch? (i am) i see a lot of dutch stuff on your site )

Guus Oosterbaan said...

Yep, a Dutch guy living in Denmark though

Trikke said...

Are you ever going to put out some tutorial or some practicality tips, should some poor guy have the crazy idea to try that himself :)

Guus Oosterbaan said...

Ingredients:
- 1 70s car radio (Blaupunkt is typically pretty good)
- 3 female plugs (standard audio)
- cement
- Wooden frame (in which you will fit the radio and pour cement)

Remove display and buttons on the front of the radio, only the volume and tuning buttons should stay (remove the knobs though).

Attach the female plugs to the power, antenna and loudspeaker interfaces (soldering).

Make the radio waterproof using gaffer tape.

Make two holes in the front of the wood model (volume and tune buttons) and three in the back (female audio plugs). Tape the volume and tuning buttons so the cement won't stick to them.

Put the radio in the wooden frame (this is the fiddling bit). Make sure the radio "floats" in air, cement needs to be able to encapsule the radio.

Make wet cement (make sure it is fluent enough so it can reach every place around the radio).

Make sure your project takes place on a straight surface, if the table is slighty tilted you will get a weird shape.

Since there is air in the radio, the radio wants to float as soon as you pour cement over it. Make sure that both the front and back side are attached to the wooden frame (by the buttons and plugs sticking through the wood).

Let cement dry. Remove wood. Done

Bram said...

Hey Guus....
Long time, no see.
Ik kwam je radio tegen op MAKE Magazine.
Nice one!
Groetjes vanuit Vancouver, van Bram Stolk.

RogerS said...

Hi Guus! I saw your radio and it is cool!I have a blog, here in my country and would like post and show to the people who come to see
and read the articles...If you agree i put all credits and your adress (name of your blog and others informations you want)I wait for your visit there,ok?
If not is ok also...

Guus Oosterbaan said...

Thanks for asking RogerS, go ahead

james said...

Really great ideas. I like every example. Just might have to try these... So cute! Thank you!
more templates easy to download

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jean-marie said...

Lol
I want this radio !!

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viagra kaufen said...

rock on baby, cool radio ;-)

Syclone0044 said...

Awesome radio! This is artwork.. really captured my interest.

This was featured on the e-Junkie.com newsletter on Facebook just today.