Portable KNITSONIK recording station

9 Responses to Portable KNITSONIK recording station

  1. Quinn says:

    I think this looks very useful for your purpose, Felix. My only thought – as another person with arthritis – is that it might possibly be easier to have something you can push instead of pull, especially in crowded and/or urban environments, or for any significant distance. One of the most useful vehicles I have is what I think is called a “jogging stroller” – found it discarded and brought it home to use for transporting bales of hay and sacks of feed to my goat barns. It is 3-wheeled, well-constructed and balanced, and handles better than some cars I’ve owned! Sometimes I do pull it instead of pushing, just to give my muscles a change. But mostly I use it as designed (except for the part about carrying 50-pound sacks of oats instead of toddlers). I find pushing this Haybuggy is much easier than pulling a little wagon for the same tasks; the wagon-pulling is more one-sided, and does bad things to my spine. Also, it’s harder to get the wagon over obstacles and around bends, which means some jolts which are also painful. None of this may apply to you, but thought I’s mention my experiences. Good luck with this exciting project!!

  2. Juliann says:

    Quinn makes a good point. If you have that much equipment, you need to think of ergonomics. The other day I did see some women with a portable wagon without the canopy. They looked uncomfortable dragging that thing behind them. It’s too bad you can’t find something with four wheels to push that you could decorate. A gypsy wagon of some sort. I also think a nice placard would be better than a t-shirt. Only ideas as long as we are brainstorming. I hope you don’t mind.

  3. Thank you both so much for your feedback – yes, ergonomics are really important, which is why some kind of amazing wooden gypsy wagon or similar is totally impractical. (Boo.) Getting it in and out of a car would be difficult/impossible, as would traveling by train with it… Oxford is 24 miles from where I live so not very convenient to walk there, and nowhere to store something amazing either here or in the city.

    Good to know that the folding wagon looked uncomfortable to move around; the weight of my recording kit is not so much a problem as the logistics of trying to carry it around without getting tangled up! A wagon type thing would give me options to secure cables in place leaving me to free to play and talk to people.

    I do like the idea of the jogging stroller, but I think it will be hard to make it look like a stall or temporary pop-up space because of its undeniably pushchair-like appearance. I want to find a way of making a temporary recording unit which is light, collapsible, portable and which signifies “AMAZING FUN ART PROJECT” the second you see it rather than “ODD JUMBLE OF STUFF”.

    Your comments are really helpful though – thank you both for weighing in – I think a T-shirt and signage will work together. Placards are not great because of the issue of having to hold them up whereas A-frame signs and hanging signs leave hands free… all great food for thought while I plot and plan.

  4. Susan says:

    Wow, what a great project! since I am 3000 miles away I won’t be able to participate 🙁
    but will anxiously await to hear what every you do! How nice to be contacted by the Museum of Oxford, brilliant of Them 🙂

  5. Elaine says:

    Fantastic ideas!! A few years ago I purchased a small flat-bed dolly to wheel my portable loom around on to workshops. Very large sturdy rubber wheels, and the handle is just the right height. Step on the magic spot and the handle collapses down to the bed. Made of nice metal. I got it at a big box hardware store. We recently hauled a large TV on it Tom the recycling yard!!
    Without measuring it I would say it’s probably 20″ Wide by 3′ long.
    It’s probably not as heavy as the red garden wagon.

  6. Jo Ford says:

    Wow – love the collapsible wagon with a roof to offer some protection as well as scaffolding for mics and suchlike 😉

  7. Quinn says:

    I understand perfectly why a jogging stroller might not suit (heh, I made a little joke there) – just wanted to explain how I’ve found pushing easier than pulling 🙂
    You just reminded me of the ice cream vendors in Puerto Rico when I worked there years ago – they had little pushcarts with thumb bells hanging from the pushbar! Speaking of sounds 🙂

  8. colleen says:

    I love the idea of a little gypsy wagon but this does look like a worthy substitute and I imagine it will be quite an organic thing, changing as the project progresses.

    Thinking of you trundling around with your kit I’m put in mind of Stanley Spencer pushing his pram packed with painting paraphernalia. You can see it in the gallery at Cookham – and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Spencer_Gallery. It’s the old fashioned sort, probably rather heavy but sturdy. I think he also had a sign asking people NOT to disturb him, so not quite the same as your project!

    It’ll be fascinating to hear the responses to your questions. I wonder how much people do reflect on what they’re wearing and how it makes them feel.

  9. Joanne says:

    Very exciting project!
    Regarding ergonomics:
    Last summer I pulled my twins around in a wago behind me, and one day, I pulled 3 kids (playmate) and it totally did me in. Went to physio and the therapist said these wagons are really hard on the back. To give you an idea of weight, I think my twins were about 50-55 lbs at the time, extra kid made it 75+. Never mind the weight of the wagon, and we did not go far or do it more than once. By the time you deck out the wagon with all your belongings, it might weigh as much as twins and you may push it much further…

    By contrast. The double strollers never harmed me–they are well designed!

    A couple other ideas: what about a push cart, like the kinds used as food carts? Or…what about a special bike trailer or other bike set up? (Do you bike?) I do not bike, but happen to have a cast off adult tricycle that would be perfect for this sort of project. Too bad I live in Winnipeg.!

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