Contact Microphone making;


In the second term, we had a chance to make our own contact microphone to record audio with. This was my first attempt, so I was expecting it to be quite delicate and maybe a temporary recording device, compared to the telephone contact mics that are built more stronger.

It was a frustrating process at first, as I’ve never used soldering iron before. Stripping the cable wires at both ends with wire strippers and silvering the open, naked wires so it can be attached correctly to the buzzer element (Centre, side).

Separating the female mono jack, taken it apart to silver the inside of the jack was challenging task to do also. I soldered the open wires following the right procedures, whilst using heat strings to protect the little wires connecting to the cables with silvering. The finished element working perfectly on a amp equalizer, which I can now record with straight away. There are steps to making your own, which you can access easily online, but here is one I made earlier. Blue Peter style. 😉

Published by esthergaylesoundarts

I was born in Bedfordshire, England. I'm from a musical and artistic background, with creating music and writing songs from a young age. Still life drawing, carpentry and sculpture design is an area in Art that I have previously studied. I am B.A Sound Arts & Design student at London College of Communication in London, learning to become a Sound Practitioner in Sound Arts. I did a sound installation called, 'Bari (Home)' at Gallery 46, White Chapel, April 2019 about the cultural integration of the Tower Hamlet of London area. My influences have come form contextual art, artistes, music and sound, film and audio visual works. I'm intrigued by sound discovery and perception of the sounds we hear.

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