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To those people who are satisfied with high-wattage
amplifiers, I have nothing to say. Nor even to those who
enthuse over the incorporation of cannon into the musical,
canon. These things are mere tinklings in the world of
serious sound. MaxCo. has been working, instead,
serious sound systems, because we are, like, down width the
homies on da street innit?
The prototype four-stroke internal combustion speaker is, in
essence, a single-cylinder 500CC petrol engine. Rather than
piss about with crankshafts, however, MaxCo has simply
welded the bottom of the con-rod directly to the middle of a
2m disc of 1mm mild steel, the rim of which is clamped
securely in the housing.
Amplitude is fixed, at about 10cm, but the frequency can be
modulated via the accelerator, which in turn is equipped
a MIDI interface. Continuous output is about 85kW at A
above middle C. We are
working on a V8 version for surround-sound.
It turns out that the sound output comes to a sort of focus at
range of about 12m, directly in front of the speaker. This
precise point is exactly the worst place to stand to enjoy the
full-throated audio. On the plus side, the unit can also be
mounted on a gimbal and used to bring down birds or drones
flying through the focal point.
0.8l/album (urban cycle)
Related art. Music starts at 0:53 s.
[bs0u0155, Feb 22 2019]
||85kW from a 500cc single cylinder? You'd need a big turbo or
a lot of nitrous.
||We have both as standard. The turbo can be de-selected
when low-volume is acceptable, to reduce portamento.
||You might be having a laugh here, but I could seriously see this type of device being used in a studio or in some exciting piece of live performance art.
||Without a crankshaft you'd need some way of returning the piston to the top of the cylinder after each power stroke. Unless the steel disc is meant to act as a return spring? Then the disc will have a certain resonant frequency that will limit your frequency range.
||The disc does indeed provide the return stroke. Fortunately,
the resonant frequency of the disc is comfortably above the
audio range (due to some clever engineering).
||By way of analogy, try wiggling a guitar string (or a taut
rubber band) back and forth with your finger - it always
pushes back, since its resonant frequency is effectively
irrelevant given the much lower frequency of your wiggles.