In large part thanks to my parents, I have spent the majority of my time being creative in close physical proximity to nature. The house I grew up in guarded a good many acres of ridge which met up with the local natural park and I spent as much time in the trees as I did looking at them. It took moving into the city for me to realize how heavily connected my inspiration is to my physical environment.
One of my largest influences in music has been the Jewelled Antler Collective and more specifically, Loren Chasse and Glenn Donaldson’s “The Blithe Sons”. All of their albums are recorded on-location, outside and stir a transcendental mood in me I rarely feel from other records.
In that spirit, but not wanting to yet commit to land purchase, I’ve had a goal to find some way to facilitate my electronic-music live sampling improvisational activities outside, wherever I could find a good view (and decent auditory isolation). While I was on a motorcycle trip from Portland to San Diego for a wedding, I got laid off from my fancy enterprise platform-engineer position. So I went cliche and bought a van.
Well, really a truck–a '92 Ford E350 extended 7.3L diesel
Then a utility cart, some battery boxes, two-ought welding cable, compatible lugs, fuses, a three-bank marine battery charger, pure-sine inverter, deep-cycle marine batteries, and assembled a 12v 315Ah (amp hour) battery bank in an afternoon
Testing cable lengths
Loading everything up into the van on a rainy evening and headed out to the coast
Rainy camping, water for morning coffee’s ready
Found somewhere pretty and next to the water, continued to spend approximately 20-30min reconfiguring the physical van space for music
Continued to shred for a couple hours
My North view
My South view
I checked the SOC (state of charge) on the battery bank after two-three hours of music playing and four-five hours of late night hacking, reading 12.786 which is still about 100%.
And now you know what I will be doing every chance that I can get
If anyone has any questions about specific items that I used or anything else, I’m super happy to answer them. This 12v 315Ah battery bank ended up being a little over $1000 when complete, compare to Goal Zero’s 100Ah Yeti 1250 at $1249.