10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Workshop fee $20
Limited to 15 participants
Fee covers workshop materials, but no one turned away for lack of funds (email us if you need a subsidy). Participants take home their own contact mic.
The Maker Space is located at the end of a short but rough driveway. The room itself is accessible. Modified tables for wheelchair height can be made available on request. Folks will be using a soldering iron and will need fine motor skills. Kids under 12 need a parent to assist them.
Participants will make their own contact mic from a bespoke design by Filip Pietruszewski, of CCTV Synth and Repair Shop in Victoria, BC. They can use these mics to interact with installations at the festival site. A contact microphone, also known as a vibration sensor, is a type of microphone designed to capture sound vibrations directly from physical objects or surfaces. Unlike traditional microphones that capture sound waves in the air, contact mics are designed to pick up vibrations through direct contact with the object.
The contact mic typically consists of a small, sensitive transducer that is attached or mounted onto the surface of an object. When the object vibrates or produces sound, the transducer converts those vibrations into electrical signals. These electrical signals can then be amplified and processed to produce audio signals that can be recorded or amplified through a sound system.
Contact mics are commonly used in various applications where traditional microphones might not be effective or practical. They excel at capturing the subtle vibrations and resonances of objects, allowing for unique and unconventional sound recording techniques.