Field Recording & Building Contact Mics
This two-part workshop will allows participants to explore new and interesting ways of collecting field recordings. Participants will experiment with capturing a variety of sounds, such as how to record the sounds of wifi data, the sounds of live insects, interior sounds of buildings, exterior sounds, and the sounds of street furniture. Through simple listening exercises students will open their ears to new levels of perception. Everyone will practice basic soldering by building their own contact microphones with a dipped plastic coating. Different applications for contact, shotgun and stereo microphones will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds that have been collected in the computer lab. Students will leave with their own contact microphones, a collection of new sounds and a new appreciation for the range of field recording possibilities for sound art, music, video sound effects and more.