I’ve been swapping my work roles with even greater frequency lately, recently tutoring a workshop in using “WordPress for Web Design” and this last weekend, one of my favourites: building “DIY Contact Microphones”
We had a good group assemble for the day, which involved part building our own piezo contact mics, and part sound-hunting around the 18th Century mansion that houses our venue, South Hill Park Arts Centre with the working microphones.
After doing this a few times, I’ve found some real hotspots within the building like the Plant Room that houses all of the heating and ventilation equipment, but there are always a few surprise discoveries too.
Here are a couple of samples from the day:
Glass Table Top
Plant Room Pipes
My notes for the Contact Mic construction, with a small list of parts and UK sources can be downloaded here: Contact Mic Notes 2a
In a forthcoming episode of the Gene Pool podcast, we’ll be featuring some new contact microphone recordings, donated by members of the Phonography email group. Current contributions range from Ferry and Bridge recording from UK artists, Joe Stevens and Matt Davies to deserted factory sounds and tramlines in Prague from Steve Barsoti, Udo Noll and Pablo Sanz.
Keep an eye on the Twitter for the schedule.