Magnetofunky - A 1223Studios Production

Grid power to the people!

Magnetofunky is a laid back (and often explicit, you bet your ass...) weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%, the people usually left out of discussions on going off the grid or generating electricity in an emergency. I'm seeking solutions to a simple scenario: how do you charge a battery AND keep your fridge running on day three of a blackout without a solar panel or a windmill?

Physically, I'm in the damn-near completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. My current base of operations is in my Mission District sculpture/podcast studio, but metaphorically, I'm perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach, where the sunsets are wonderful and scientists, poets, artists and musicians come through and jam to the surf...

The Open Mic Stage accepts submissions of almost any genre from great bands and artists the world over, whether big name or indie, as long as I like the beat and flow.

Send mp3's, press kits to: mfunkyzine "at" gmail "dot" com. Please submit media download links only, no attachments; they'll only get deleted.

The Facebook podzine page has music video and Power Grid-related misc. Please leave a comment or rating on FB or my iTunes page...

Magnetofunky No. 90- September 21 2018,    Duration: 38:48

Image: A few Benitez diagrams to study...


Poetic Kinetics - Intrinsic Cadence

Finding The Frigging Manual

Open Mic Stage: Rockers In China And Taiwan...
Triad - Tydi Knots    By All Means / 綁架 - COUNTERVALVE    Descend Into Light - 4ZER04

09/22-One Mean Monster Zine - Party for Planned Parenthood, LA...    09/23-Muslim Day Parade 2018, NY...    09/24-Men Confronting the Patriarchy, SF...    09/25-How to Be an Active Citizen, North Berkeley Public Library...

Big Bump

Image: Charging one of the booster units...   

One More Tune:
Lola's Grapewine (Re-Fix & Mashup) - ME-HIGH-LOW

Magnetofunky No. 89 - September 15, 2018,    Duration: 36:13

Image: The gear train in a spring-wound music box with resulting stats, from engineerguy's video 'How a Wind Up Music Box Works'....

"Grok The Gear Train"

Who's Your Maker? - A Primitive Evolution

Gear Steps Up

Image: The mechanism itself is small, but it came with free magnets...    Image: The full gear train...

Open Mic Stage: A Little Aussie Rock...
Nobody's Fool - Carlo & The Montes    I am An Infinite Cycle - A Primitive Evolution    Teahupoo (Cha'poo) - The Surf Mist. Photo by Perrie Taylor of the Beehives Go Go troupe 2016    SO LONG - Surf Trash

09/17-Litquake Lunch Break, SF...    09/17-Capitalism - Six Part Documentary Series @ Oakland Peace Center...    09/19-Antisocial Media @ World Affairs, SF...    09/21-Autumnal Equinox Celebration for Modern Witches, SF...

Inductor Raider

Image: After cutting the light wires, the tube was dropped off at a neighborhood recycler...    Image: The actual circuit board holds a number of goodies, including the induction coil...    Image: The induction coil safely removed without damage to the terminals...   

One More Tune:

Magnetofunky No. 88 - September 08, 2018,    Duration: 32:54

Image: The toy music box coming to the lab....

"Music Box Motor"

Bobby Drake - BenJamin Banger

Tiny Template

Image: A music box mechanism...   

Open Mic Stage: Global Beats...
LET'S PUSH THINGS FORWARD - Sonic Boom Six    Western arabisant - Sarah Maison    WEEP - AMERICAN STANDARDS

08/08-9-An Evening of Chekhov @ The Den Theater, Chicago...    08/12-Last Hearing to take down the Racist Pioneer Statue, SF City hall Rm 416...    08/13-BLACK Liberation + Climate Justice @ Moad, SF...   

Baby Booster Plus

Image: Testing the 30V 3.33F Baby Booster Plus...    Image: Parts diagram for the mini booster...   

One More Tune:
Wonderland - Synapsis

Magnetofunky No. 87 - September 01, 2018,    Duration: 36:49

Image: The spark gap for my Benitez circuit is a basic spark tester from the auto store....

"Benitez Upgrade"

Siesta - Jahzzar

21st Century Benitez

Image: It took a month, but my 6 Ohm 50 Watt resistor came in...   

Open Mic Stage: Late Summer Indie...
Everybody's Business - Bay Station    Pure Intentions - Mise Darling    Some Transformation - Mythica

09/01-Greenpeace Ship Free Tours @ Pier 19, SF...    09/03-Refuge Block Party @ Leimert Park, LA...    09/07-Women’s Park Star Party @ Chicago Women's Park...    08/08-Rise For Climate, Jobs & Justice San Francisco...    09/08-LADP's Abortion Doula Training, Sherman Oaks, SoCal...

Crank Parts Is Parts

Image: The spherical neodymium magnets for the motor coil with hemisphere polarization...    Image: The magnet inside the coil with the proper orientation for spinning...

One More Tune:
Though the Tunnels - eddy

Magnetofunky No. 86 - August 24, 2018,    Duration: 40:35

Image: Microwave Turntable Motor Coil, this one 120V...


Spy Who Dubbed Me Riddim - Cee Knowledge and Cosmic Funk Allstars

The Next Hill

Image: The SSG3 rotor wheel packed for storage...    Image: The SSG3 itself secured, minus the load wires...    Image: The Rene Rator, a D.M. Cook variation...

Open Mic Stage: Very Fresh Indie Beats...
Flux - Sound Curfew    Difficile - Sophisticated Boom Boom    Astronaut - Lorenzo's Music    Cheyenne - Tone Ranger

08/24-26-ONYXCON X @ Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta...    08/26-Unite for Justice - Bay Area to #StopKavanaugh @ SF Civic Center...    08/28-Rally To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal @ Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland...    08/31-Biking While Black - Justice for Naj Rally @ Wiley Manuel Alameda County Courthouse, Oakland...

Think Outside The Motor

Image: Breaking open a 120V 6 RPM motor...    Image: ...for the coil inside...

One More Tune:
Saguaro - Tone Ranger

Magnetofunky No. 85 - August 17, 2018,    Duration: 33:07

Image: Simple movement from a dollar store timer...

"Baby Springs"

Rocketman - Igor and Red Elvises

The Weeds At Hand

Image: Dollar store Kitchen Timer...    Image: Timer movement...    Image: Timer going train...

Open Mic Stage: Cross Country Indie...
Lucky 7 (Demo) - Reagan Youth    Another's Treasure - Doubleplus Alright    Somebody's Daughter - Libricide   

08/18-Know Your Rights Resource Fair, 6300 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago...    08/18-Polk Street Blues Festival, California to Post Streets, SF...    08/19-Prop 64 Resentencing and Reclassification Clinic @ Magnolia Oakland...    08/21-Sing Along Yellow Submarine @ Castro Theatre, SF...

Benitez Ground Floor

Image: Detail from the first Benitez patent...   

One More Tune:
Pray for Sex - Men in Grey Suits

Magnetofunky No. 84 - August 10, 2018,    Duration: 35:53

Image: Open voltage reading from the Cockcroft Walton Voltage Multiplier...

"Yeah, The Bedini Is Just A Toy"

Get Him Out - SWEVENS

21st Century Benitez

Image: CW detail...   

Open Mic Stage: Late Summer Indie...
Hate To Say - BOWERS    Brotherhood - Slam Caesar    Gone - Asyst   

08-11-National Day of Civic Hacking, Code for America, SF...    08-15-Solving the Black Maternal Heath Crisis, Ancient Light Studio BK, Brooklyn...    08-15-Remaking Rent Control, Impact Hub San Francisco...

Crank Parts Is Parts

Image: More speed testing the rotor wheel. This is the slowest tuned RPM...    Image: ...And this is the fastest I can tune the wheel to...   

One More Tune:
Truth & Lies - OUT OF PLUMB

Magnetofunky No. 83 - August 03, 2018,    Duration: 38:09

Image: Cockcroft Walton Voltage Multiplier, by Chetvorno...

"Charge Pumps and Going Gears"

The Entitled - Dos Trios

The CW

Image: balance wheel...    Image: big gear, little pinion...    Image: Before Cockcroft Walton, there was Grienacher's Doubler...

Open Mic Stage: Coast to Coast Rock...
Thunder Love - THE RITUALISTS    Critical Mass - Libricide    Willie Mays - The Arabs   

08/05-Rally against Hate @ Ohlone Playground and Greenway, Berkeley...    08/07-Spike Lee @ TheTimesCenter, New York...    08/08-Rights for Refugees @ HRC, SF...    08/09-Register New Citizens to Vote @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland...    08/09-Bay Area Queer Zine Fest Benefit @ Club 21, Oakland...

Power Valve Check

Image: 200 Ohms on the left, 50 Ohms on the right for the big booster...    Image: The big booster charge wire after soldering...    Image: This double-clip power pack plus an extra clip should be portable enough for a go bag or backpack...

One More Tune:
Fall Blossoms - Libricide

Magnetofunky No. 82 - July 27, 2018,    Duration: 37:21

Image: Reflective tape and marker flag on the rotor wheel for the speed test...

"The Inverter Do-Si-Do"

06-The Hell Is Close - MEDI HEAD

It's The Watts, Not The Amps

Image: 2 12V 35Ah batteries will well support a 400 - 600W inverter...   

Open Mic Stage: Beat and Flow From Iran, Just Because...
Intro (Sokout) - Bahram    Tape - Planet V    Fall Down - keyvan kamali   

07/28-3GT Investigates: Birth Rights @ Z Below, SF...    07/29-Last Sunday Poetry Reading @ Brewed Awakening, Westmont IL...    07/30-Facing Up to the Global Housing Crisis @ World Affairs, SF...    08/01-Homes Without Landlords @ CDP Oakland...    08/02-Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session @ Neyborly, Berkeley...

Power Valves and A Speed Test

Image: The DC Doubler moved from the breadboard to perf board...    Image: The perf board connections...    Image: The power valve out lines for the mini me and the big boosters...    Image: The first speed test of the Bedini rotor...    Image: My 6 Ohm 50W resistor is still out, but the Berkley store said 25W would work ok...

One More Tune:
Weird Fishes (Radiohead Cover) - Moonhead

Magnetofunky No. 81 - July 20, 2018,    Duration: 36:34

Image: Dionysius Lardner (1858) Handbook of Natural Philosophy: Mechanics, Walton & Maberley, London, fig.325, p.355...

"Old School Spring Motors"

Chant Of The Moon - Voodoo Suite

Alternative Crank

Image: 120-year-old tech...   

Open Mic Stage: A few Lunar Variations...
Moon - Out of Sorts    The Dark Saint of the Moon - lietoofine    THE NEW PLANET - Translunar   

07/21-Beach Poets @ Loyola Beach, Chicago...    07/21-Bob Lawrence Launches Latest Book @ TallGrass Open Mic, Chicago...    07/22-Nuestras Raices - Oakland Youth Rise @ East Side Arts Alliance, Oakland...    07/22-Postcard-writing Happy Hour @ Tommy's Joynt, SF...    07/24-Bring Solar To Affordable Housing in Berkeley!...

Bedini Rectifier

Image: Voltage doubler on the perfboard...    Image: The baby booster cap with the rectifier...    Image: The mini me with the rectifier still doesn't spin the big motor...

One More Tune:
Moon - Uriel Rivera

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