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. 97 - November 10 2018,    Duration: 41:29

Episode Transcript

Image: Photo by Jeremy Bishop at Unsplash... - ...

"Damn Right It's A Blue Wave"

Walk On Fire - Indarra

Half Steps

Image:  The Benitez-1 with batteries mounted for wiring. 16 gauge proved too thick for the switches...    Image:  A triple-tap transformer for the Benitez-7 build...

Open Mic Stage: All Submitted Tunes...
I Stir It Up-2 - K Gizzle    No Money For Jack - Handtruck    Drowning - Stereoship    Two Separate Worlds - Indarra

11/11-Science Film Festival @ Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley...    11/13-Humanity in Artificial Intelligence @ World Affairs, SF...    11/14-40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League Award Ceremony @ DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago...    11/14-Planning with Native Communities @ USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, LA...

Booster Box Cuts

Image: The mini-booster box mock up with service ports open...    Image: A rough idea of a compartment for spare AA batteries...    Image: Grounding outlet for the booster box...    Image: 18 gauge wire for the Benitez build, a half-hour store run instead of three hours...

One More Tune:
Eye On You (album mix) - Front Line Assembly feat. Robert Görl

Magnetofunky No. 96 - November 02 2018,    Duration: 35:23

Episode Transcript

Image: Control panel possible layout for the mini-booster...


Medicine (Ft. La Mer) - ERASERFASE

Attraction Distraction

Image:  The damn rotor coil, now just a wire and glue monster hobby project...   

Open Mic Stage: Cali Funk Experimental...
Starfish, Starfish -  Model Americans    Magnetize Yourself - Handtruck    Out of the Dark - Graham Czach    Brand New Day - Wait For Green

11/07-Discussing Peoples Temple @ California Historical Society, SF...    11/08-AfroTech 2018, SF...    11/09-San Francisco Transgender Film Festival 2018 @ Roxie Theater...

Booster Box

Image: A vertical view of the mock up looks better...    Image: The Benitez-1 switches ready...

One More Tune:
TreeToOne-Transisthor - TreeToOne

Magnetofunky No. 95 - October 26 2018,    Duration: 33:35

Episode Transcript

Image: This is as far as I got designing an enclosure for the mini booster before dealing with the damn rotor...

"Coefficient of Performance"

La China - Zakke

Not Heat Pumps

Image:  Basic formula...   

Open Mic Stage: Beltway Beat and Flow...
DON'T STOP - Band Of Roses    Lovers in Lullaby - FIVES    Underneath - Thieves and Lovers

10/27-AFROLIT Youth Literacy Conference @ Laney College, Oakland...    10/29-UCOT (Unintended Consequences of Technology) World Forum @ Fairmont San Francisco...    11/01-Kickstarter Campaign to Build Giordano Bruno Statue @ Luminaries of Pantheism Mural, Venice Beach...

Damn Rotor

Image: Goodies from the blender circuit board...    Image: The blender rotor before modification...

One More Tune:
Gravity - The Frontier

Magnetofunky No. 94 - October 20 2018,    Duration: 33:31

Image: An assortment, courtesy

"Halloween Surprise"


The Attraction Weeds

Open Mic Stage: Politically Spooky Zeitgeist...
There's Something At The Pool At Adventure World - Surf Rabbits    Monster - Stone Dust Engine    Surf Monster (instrumental) - Lovalon

10/20-2018 BayviewLIVE Festival, SF...    10/21-24th Annual Días de los Muertos Celebration @ Oakland Museum of California...    10/24-Q&A: Rent Control and Your November Vote, 12 Noon, KQED...    10/24-Elizabeth Marino @ The World Stage, LA...

Real Enclosures

Image: 100V 1F supercap...    Image: My Frankenstein lab-style knife switches...    Image: Plastic for a DIY electronic enclosure...

One More Tune:
Pretty Zombie - Zombie Surf Camp

Music Bed:
Prison, Dragged Into The Dungeon - Dethcentrik

Magnetofunky No. 93 - October 12 2018,    Duration: 38:51

Image: This motor doesn't rely on back EMF to run a load...

"Attraction Motor Detour"

Blast Off - Bad Ass Beauty

Smells Like Bedini

Image: The motor in the ESTC 2018 Conference Benitez demo...   

Open Mic Stage: Blatantly Political Beats...
Mother of Exiles -  Mind`s Eye    Austerity Song - Handtruck    Uprise - DEAFBOUTIQUE    You're No Man Of God, Sir - Post Nuclear Trash

10/12-Free Concert by Meisha Herron @ Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane, Virginia...    10/13-My Hero Academia Cosplay Cafe @ Preservation Park, Oakland...    10/13-Black Klansman, With Author Ron Stallworth @ Alamo Drafthouse SF...    10/14-3rd Annual Say No Bullying Festival @ Griffith Park, LA...    10/15-W4tB Weirdo Open Mic Featuring Charlie Newman @ Uncharted Books, Chicago...

Straight Mini

Image: The mini booster with conventional output terminals...    Image: The back view of the mock-up mounting...    Image: The front view, showing a place for the safety capacitor to perch...

One More Tune:
Evil as God - The Whiskee Shakes

Magnetofunky No. 92 - October 06 2018,    Duration: 33:44

Image: A simple small motor gearbox, courtesy

"It's The Gearbox, Stupid"

Type Cast - Bad Ass Beauty

Grab Bag

Image: Small motor gearbox...    Image: The ESTC 2018 Conference Benitez Demonstration Cart, Peter Lindemann, D.Sc....

Open Mic Stage: Hard Global Grooves...
Bangkit Bersama (feat. Morgue Vanguard) - JERUJI    Stop Me (Demo) - Dead Day Revolution    Ass On Shoulders - Bad Ass Beauty

10/06-MIA Documentary @ Roxie Theater in The Mission...    10/10-The Color of Law w/ Richard Rothstein @ Brava, SF...    10/11-Litquake 2018 - Opening Night @ The University Club of SF...

Mini Build

Image: 4cell battery clip for the booster...    Image: The doohickey 90% done...

One More Tune:
Set Me Off - Papa Roach

Magnetofunky No. 91 - September 29 2018,    Duration: 33:46

Image: A mock-up of the mini booster on perfboard...

"Benitez Weedz"

The Storm in the Hourglass (This Wicked Tongue) - Tina V

Switch 7 + Mini Booster

Image: The fast-switching UF4007 power diodes came in early, so the mini booster build is on...   

Open Mic Stage: Uk, Toronto Alterntive...
Far Away - Utility Muffin    Fragmented - Vault    Silent Destruction - Kármán Line

09/29-Anti-Bully Workshop @ One Martial Arts SF...    10/02-Books and Resistance @ CIIS Public Programs, SF...    10/04-Special Screening - The Silence of Others @ Museum of Tolerance, LA...

Gear Stack

Image: The gears in a toy kit - worm gears, crown gears, single and double reduction gears...    Image: Still from the video 'How to make mechanical system from plastic gear - DIY Mechanical System' from YouTuber Power Creative...

One More Tune:
I Walk - Utility Muffin

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