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Month: December 2016

How Metal Can Music Be?

How Metal Can Music Be?

While music as a hobby in and of itself has long been around, heavy metal as a genre can only be loved or hated. There is no in between. There are no indifferent reactions. Today’s post is about a different kind of ‘metal music’ where we look at the different musical instruments that are solely made of metal.

Instruments like these are all designed with the intention of creating wondrous music, and the tunes will depend on the density of the chosen metal, the shape, whether is is hollow or not. Every tiny detail is dependant on the smallest difference.

Take for instance, the xylophone. While a percussion instrument, the density of the steel used, the length of the steel rod, the force with which the rod is struck, and the material used to strike it. The smallest change would affect the sound and overall tone of the instrument altogether. The image below is an illustration of a typical xylophone, while obviously there might be differences in the authentic pieces.

The flute on the other hand, while mainly made of steel, can also be made of reed or wood. Regardless, although made of metal, it is still considered a wind instrument, because the musicality of it lies in the way the wind passes through the metal shaft and is affected by the openings left alongside it.

The perfect combination of the two would be the example of the Jamaican steel drums. Also called Jamaican pans or Caribbean pans, they depend on a combination of metal density, and suspension to produce the most unique sounds.

All of these musical instruments came about by many years of experimentation with the local populace and musicians to achieve the current tone they have for the moment. If it were possible to cut out all the trials and errors, to cut through the mistakes and experimentation, and arrive at the solution immediately, it might have saved a lot of time. Musicians would dismiss that process as removing a certain quality from the art of creating music. But a businessman or a manufacturer will tell you, that experimentation takes up a lot of time. Time that might be best spent on improving quality of goods, or services.

Which is why Oasis Metals is your own one stop shop for all your steel industry needs. We have already done the research. We have already done the experimentation. We’ve already spent the time on it, so you don’t have to. Contact us to know more about how we can tailor make your orders to fulfil your requirements.

 

Steel in Art

Steel in Art

Steel is a superbly malleable metal, and yet is one of the strongest in the world. As diverse and dynamic as it is, it is widely used even in the art world. We posted about the Chicago bean a few weeks ago, and how the structure is a huge tourist attraction. It is seen, touched, and photographed by millions every year, and still manages to weather the elements as well. (Pun intended)

In that same vein, we look at how steel can be molded and interpreted as an artistic medium. When an artist is looking to showcase it’s sheer tenacity in a minimalist design, they could possible do something along the lines of Eddie Robert’s sculpture, like the one depicted below. The flow of the metal, the way it has been molded to seem like an almost effortless arch. The smooth transition from a horizontal pattern to an elegant arch that hovers above it. Seemingly weightless.

And then we have the other end of the spectrum. The GAHR stainless steel coral. A large than life piece – it is intricate and uses a gradient rarely seen in this medium. The smallest details have been brought to life in it. One can almost believe that it truly is a live piece of a coral reef. The rough edges were achieved by treating the steel with a coarse papering to ensure it looks like the reefs that inspired the piece.

The one thing both these pieces have in common is the tenacious and completely multifaceted metal that some of us don’t even realize, impacts our life in the everyday. The dulled polish effect on Robert’s piece, vs the high sheen yet rough appearance of the GAHR scuplture is just a simple focal point in an illustration on how the metal can be molded to suit one’s purposes.

At Oasis Metal, we use the steel to showcase our diverse methods of providing our clients with what they most need. Depending on your individual requirements, we provide custom gratings, with specialised treatments to suit the environments in which they will be used. Whether as an outdoor staircase to highlight a beautiful back garden, or a sturdy frame for step ladders in your factory, we have what you will most need. Reliability. We treat our steel products to be weather proof in the case of your outdoor fixtures. We reinforce them for your warehouses and factories. Most of all, we make sure that you understand that our products are enabled to provide you with peace of mind.

Why Steel Staircases Trump Others

Why Steel Staircases Trump Others

Stainless steel is a durable, aesthetic, and economic option for anyone looking to invest in the infrastructure of their construction projects or home improvement. When it comes to steel as a vital part of building, there is no one who understands this more than us, at Oasis Metals.

There are multiple reasons why steel staircases are miles ahead of their counterparts made out of other materials. We’ve listed a few of the main ones below. If there is a reason you think steel staircases, and handrails are your personal favourite choice, send us a message or leave a comment telling us why.

  1. They are much more durable in areas prone to bad weather. While they aren’t invincible, or magically invulnerable to all kinds of damage, there are more ways to ensure that a steel staircase is far longer lasting than any other materials.
  2. They can be designed to sit into any stylistic frame you want. For instance, if you want a steel staircase for its durability and ease of maintenance, but think it might not fit into your art deco design theme, you can always have the steel treated to give it the appearance of wood etc.
  3. They’re versatile and are not restricted to only indoor or outdoor installations. If you have a facility that has a roofed stairwell that still has the stairs exposed, steel staircases will still be suitable.
  4. They are hardy and easy to maintain, regardless of how much hard use they see. Especially when you consider the ones used in factories, warehouses, and other industrial locations, like construction sites or storage units.
  5. They can be designed to be as stylish or as utilitarian as needed. The pictures below show a stairwell in a modern design loft in an office building and another one in the workmen’s access in a building under construction. While the materials for both are the same, the presentation is completely different, based on the location of the stairway, and how it fits into the overall appearance of the building. 

Their durability and ease of maintenance for industrial usage mainly is worth a separate mention. In a factory or industrial manufacturing unit, the key necessity for any kind of fabrication that exists within the facility is the ability to be easily maintained under constant rough usage. There are some instances where there might be contact or secondary contact with chemicals, and steel staircases can be treated to withstand the same.