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Searching for the Inaudible Workshop with Peter Cusack

28th January 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

transducers rolled up - gold metal discs and red and blue wires

Searching for the Inaudible Workshop with Peter Cusack

CRiSAP Studio, London College of Communication
28 January 2020  | 10.30am – 4.30pm

Supported by LCC's Screen School Public Programme


The environment is full of many sounds with which we are familiar, but there are also many noises that we miss, frequencies which cannot be detected by human ears. Despite these variances, some sounds can be made audible to human perception with the assistance of simple affordable technologies such as contact microphones.

Led by CRiSAP researcher and sound artist Peter Cusack, this practical one-day workshop will introduce and explore different kinds of inaudible sounds. Participants will make their own from small piezo discs, with training in soldering techniques and demonstrations of various methods of covering and/or waterproofing microphones.

All components and tools will be supplied.


Activities will include:

  • Constructing simple contact microphones that make audible sounds which are usually unheard.
  • Exploring the local environment through field recording, seeking out inaudible sounds and using the contact microphones that have been made, as well as discussions of how to use electromagnetic pickups and underwater microphones.
  • Listening to examples of 'inaudible' sounds made by artists and others working in the field.


This workshop is supported by LCC's Screen School Public Programme, therefore it is free of charge to attend (normally £20). 12 places are available, please please only book if you are definitely able to come. Book a free ticket here


Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and researcher with a long interest in the sonic environment. A member of CRiSAP since 2005, projects involve community arts, research into our sense of place and recording areas of special sonic interest. His project ‘Sounds From Dangerous Places’ explores sites of major environmental damage and he is currently researching the use of sound as a means to investigate documentary issues and sonic journalism.


This event is taking place as part of ‘Sound & Cinema: Past, Present & Future’ – an exhibition and events programme presented by London College of Communication’s Screen School spanning film, VR, games, TV and sound celebrating 125 years of diversity and creativity within the College.



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Important Filming and Photography Notice:

Please note that filming and photography will be taking place throughout the event. Both bigger crowds, smaller groups and individuals may be captured on camera. All imagery and footage may at some point be published on the College's websites, social media channels and in print.


28th January 2020
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


CRiSAP & LCC Screen School


Elephant & Castle
London , SE1 6SB United Kingdom
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