Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Library of the Human Imagination

Jay Walker has his Library of the Human Imagination, I have my studio.
Sure, it's a studio, I have microphones and digital recording interfaces, but I keep all that stuff in an old armoire; mostly my studio is all about being inspirational.
One of my favorite places in the world is the campus at UCSD. One of the reasons I love it so much is because they have so many  things there simply because they're thought-provoking - things like talking trees and teddy bears made out of boulders, they designed the whole place to elicit lofty thinking, which of course makes sense in that it's an institution of higher learning.
I built my studio based on that same philosophy. It's a place to inpire my thoughts and imagination, to record my performances, and to give me a good place to pace while I'm thinking.
Because it's supposed to inspire my thoughts, I'm all the time adding things to my collection of artifacts.
My latest addition is a display of two velociraptor skeletons, locked in combat. Unlike Jay Walker, I don't have a real raptor skeleton, mine are plywood 3-D models. I placed them on a shelf above the door and illuminated them with LED Christmas lights. I think they're pretty cool.


  1. I think I have to steal this idea, but use Godzilla & Mechagodzilla (or Rodan, or King Ghidorah or...). That looks fantastic! The cord runs down the door frame on the left?

    1. That's a great idea Wendy.
      The colored lights actually look a lot better in person, the colors are more separate, and I find that fewer lights are better.
      Yes, the cord runs down the door frame on the left. I cut the plug off of the light strand and soldered on a length of two-conductor plug wire, and sealed it in heat-shrinkable tubing. Then I cut the plug wire to the length I needed to reach an outlet that comes on with a wall switch and put a plug on the end.
      The lights are glued down with gobs of silicon adhesive so that the bulbs stand upright and shine their light up through the models, and a bead of silicon adhesive down the door molding holds the wire in place.
      Models with a lot of openings, like skeletons look the best because the bulk of the light is reflected from the wall through the piece.
      Have fun!