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Sat Aug 12

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

LEÑA Maker Space
415 Winstanley Rd


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Workshop fee $20

Limited to 15 participants

All ages

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.

Contact Electronics

Build your own contact mic!

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.


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We're grateful to collaborate and produce on the shared, stolen, unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwitslum and other Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples, as well as the ceded territories of Tsawwassen First Nation, on what is now known as Galiano Island, British Columbia. We recognize the complex impacts that hosting settlers and non-settlers has on the Indigenous land and peoples of this area, and we aim to be responsible and accountable for these impacts and our footprint—whether cultural, environmental or social.

We acknowledge the generous support of our partners and funders:

LEÑA Artist Residency  Yellowhouse Art Centre  BC Ferries  CRD Arts & Culture Support Service  Galiano Island Parks & Recreation  Creative BC  British Columbia Arts Council  Canada Council for the Arts