Circuit-Bending / Contact Mic Workshop

Circuit-Bending / Contact Mic Workshop
Saturday, February 2, 2008, 5:36 am

Circuit-Bending/ Contact Mic Workshop

Date: February 2, 2008, 1 to 5 p.m.

Artist: Jeff Morton

Date: February 2, 2008, 1 to 5 p.m.

Participants had access to instruction, materials and workstations for the construction of piezo-microphones, amplified circuit boards, and circuit-bent electronics.

The workshop was coordinated by Jeff Morton.

Piezo mics, also known as contact mics, are unlike most other kinds of microphones. They only amplify sound in the object to which they are attached; they do not amplify sound in the air around them. In this way they are very good for amplifying acoustic guitars or basses, other string instruments, or just about any object one wishes to listen to.

Workshop participants learned the basic soldering skills and diagnostic plans for building these microphones from simple materials available at very low cost.

Circuit-bending is the process of disassembling, rewiring, and reassembling toy electronic musical instruments or other circuit-board sound components. New connections on the original circuitry, in the form of wires, buttons, and dials create new and often bizarre sounds. To take part in this workshop component, participants had to bring their own instruments or noise makers to circuit-bend. All other components were available form the workshop coordinator.