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. 77 - June 22, 2018,    Duration: 41:01

Image: Bedini SSG3 tuning, 50-60 mA current drawn from the primary battery...

"Lab Solstice"

Masturbina - Kamote Surf

Solstice Weeds

Image: The verified 'h' wave on the scope...   

Open Mic Stage: Half and Half Mix...
Time Passing By - Alen Tagus    Which Will - Faded Echo    Beeblebrox - Glenn White    Summer Solstice - The Sometime Boys

06/23-3rd Annual Oakland Family Festival @ Verdese Carter Park, Oakland...    06/24-Jerry Pendergast Headlines TallGrass Open Mic @ Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago...    06/25-Drunk Dial Congress @ Butter & Scotch, Brooklyn...    06/25 2018 State of The Black Tech Ecosystem @ Morgan MFG., Chicago...

Tuning Session 2

Image: The ammeter...

One More Tune:
Party Declined - Super NintenBros

Magnetofunky No. 76 - June 14, 2018,    Duration: 34:40

Image: Bedini tuning, Hugh Hefner style...


Atoms - AudioSurfer

Tuning Weeds

Image: The tuning order for the three pots...    Image: The final 'h' waveform after the first fine tuning...

Image: The potentiometers dial positions - '\' '__' & '/'...

Open Mic Stage: All Cali...
Syria - Black Angel    BLJ - Magic Glue    F.R.O.A. - Gone Zero    The Ladder - BlueSurfdogz

06/16-68th Annual Juneteenth Festival from Alamo Square to the Fillmore, SF...    06/16-Solar & Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory, Kenwood...    06/16-Bloomsday in Chicago @ The Galway Arms...    06/17-Orphans For Fathers Day @ Lake Merritt, Oakland...    06/18-W4tB feat. Valerie Wallace @ Uncharted Books, Chicago...

Grid Filling

Image: The capacitor booster with the charger diode in place, getting 
a slow 18V...    Image: The proper 12V SLA 3-phase battery charger...    Image: The Bronze Age emergency battery pack holders...

One More Tune:
Knight Court - Gone Zero

Magnetofunky No. 75 - June 07, 2018,    Duration: 33:12

Image: My signal generator kit after assembly...

"Surfing The Weeds"

Apathy and Exhaustion - Surf/Harp

Tuning Probe

Image: from 'EEVblog #279 - How NOT To Blow Up Your Oscilloscope!'...    Image: The probe with attached ground clip with a terminal block emitter connection...    Image: The next step probe comes in after each coil is separately tuned...

Open Mic Stage: Surf Season...
Juice - The BeatJackers    Personal Jesus - MAGNETIK SURF    Exotica - Juanitos

06/09-Girls in Tech Bootcamp @ Hackbright Academy, SF...   

Booster Weeds

Image: The signal generator, pre-assembly...    Image: The circuit board flip side...    Image: The Weller hobby iron with chisel tip...

One More Tune:
Take It Personal - The BeatJackers

Magnetofunky No. 74 - May 28, 2018,    Duration: 34:27

Image: My supercap booster inline power valve, battery side wire done...


Deliverance - The Dramedy

Signal Generators

Image: Simple Waveforms...   

Open Mic Stage: More Spring Indie Submissions...
Wake Up - KGizzle    Pre-Madonna- S.M.F    Chant - Glenn White

06/01-Live Archaeology Dig @ The Presidio...    06/02-The Root Slam Writing Workshop @ Chapter 510, Oakland...    06/03-Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon @ Marina Green, SF...   

Stage 1 Booster

Image: The booster parallel inner wiring and terminal leads...    Image: The resistor-diode combos for the inline power valve...    Image: The Booster almost ready to charge...

One More Tune:
Dead Body Fuck Party - Winterwolf

Magnetofunky No. 73 - May 21, 2018,    Duration: 33:27

Image: My old-school analog oscilloscope, calibration check...

"The Big O"

SpaceMan - Cee Knowledge and Cosmic Funk Allstars

The Big Picture

Image: The Oscilloscope back at the Lab...    Image: The easy on the eyes control panel...

Open Mic Stage: More Eclectic Indie Submissions...
Chasing the New York Sun - The Missing Suns    Bed Bug - Jeff Baker Sounds    The Same Old - Chow Chow Mandy

05/22-Sun Ra Birthday Celebration @ Balboa Theater, SF...    05/24-2018 People's Pitch Event @ Kapor Center, Oakland...    05/25-Africa Day @ Oakland Museum of California...   

On The Horizon:

Record-breaking paper water purifier operates at near 100% efficiency...

Tektronix TAS 465

Image: Many of the usual controls are on-screen menu items...   

One More Tune:
Charlene - Paolo Mancasola

Magnetofunky No. 72 - May 15, 2018,    Duration: 35:32

Image: The Auto Relay Switch Bedini, Take 2...


The Instrumental - Panther Style

The Next Step

Image: The 200 Ohm balancing resistors...   

Open Mic Stage: Alt Rock/Trip Hop From Chi-Town...
Crooked Smile - The Noise FM    jukes - blackdaylight    Zeleke's Magic Bass - Manic Focus

05/17-Journalists of Color in the Trump Era @ DePaul University Career Center, Chicago...    05/18-Dialog on Global Compassion @ UCSF Cole Hall, SF...    05/19-18th annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival @ San Antonio Park, Oakland...    05/20-PEACE BIKE RIDE @ National Museum of the American Indian, New York...

Relay Switch Redux

Image: Charging a battery with my power supply...    Image: Relay Switch Bedini Detail...   

One More Tune:
Sewage - Professor Kliq

Magnetofunky No. 71 - May 07, 2018,    Duration: 35:56

Image: The 50K Ohm Balancing Resistors...

"The Voltage Drop Weeds"

Caroline - ScissorHand Syndrome

Drops, Plural

Open Mic Stage: Songs For Hard Spring...
Buried Alive - Kaitlyn Gold    Lower Than Atlantis - Chow Chow Mandy    Can't Stop Falling - The Dramedy

05/07-Weeds Poetry at the Hideout, Chicago...    05/09-GreenShorts Award Ceremony  James Bridges Theater, LA...    05/12-2018 San Francisco Equality Awards @ The Westin St. Francis...    05/13-Political Prisoner Letter Writing @ La Conxa, LA...

Supercap Mishigoss

One More Tune:
While You Can - Jade Mahogany

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