Lyrics Lounge: Building Contact Mics with Suzanne Thorpe

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Sessions

Award-winning electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe stopped by Lyrics Lounge to teach youth how to build their own contact microphones.

Lyrics Lounge: Session XVIV

March 18, 2011

There is a certain sense of power that comes with designing your own musical instruments and creative devices. It’s one thing to hold a mic It’s another thing to clinch the mic that you wired and bought the parts for. That’s something totally different. On Friday, March 18,  team Lyrics Lounge had a opportunity to custom-build contact microphones with expert electronic musician Suzanne Thorpe. After a quick trip to Radio Shack to purchase the necessary materials, we rolled up our sleeves and received a quick course on transducers and electromagnetic fields. Then, we were off! There were soldering irons and wire strippers all over the place. At the end our youth had the opportunity to test their microphones. Believe it or not, there was no open mic last week. Nevertheless, Lyrics Lounge continues to be the place where the bar is raised through the roof.

Say Cheeze: Pics from Suzanne’s Visit!

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