Piezos From Outer Space!!!


Piezos From Outer Space!!!

The simple Piezo Disc pickup is one of the most underrated sound devices.  Sure, they work great as internal pickups for our cigar box guitars, but have you ever considered other possibilities?

See Shane Speal's "Spring Thing" instrument (below) created by Shane Speal as a way to introduce you to new options for sound design, special effects and possibly inventing new and exotic instruments.

Post your weird creations, sound machines and otherworldly piezo instruments here! 

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Know nothing of piezo...

Started by James Pobog. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 25, 2019. 2 Replies

So I bought the tin can mike kit, and  am a bit...underwhelmed.Used hot glue. The disk does not touch the metal because of the glue. Should I have glued from the top?If it doesn;t matter, even with…Continue

Spring Things Revisited.. and Other Piezos from Outer Space Stuff

Started by Mikala Aug 29, 2019. 0 Replies

A great thread from Shane, new stuff in the last few years, some fascinating and thought provoking:Yaybahar: …Continue

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Comment by Clock The Wolf on June 25, 2015 at 7:46pm


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Comment by bemuzic on October 3, 2014 at 3:37pm

thanks Thomas..I was amazed at how it picked up the vibrations so far away from the pick up!!

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on October 3, 2014 at 9:41am

That tree shows some real creativity. Back to nature music at it's best Belinda!

Comment by bemuzic on October 3, 2014 at 5:57am

 not sure that link worked?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx5xC84sm7Q

Comment by bemuzic on October 3, 2014 at 5:56am

this is the most fun I've had with a piezo....Al Fresco Diddley Bow

Love that crustacean!!

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on September 27, 2014 at 11:26am

Wow Shane, who'd a thunk there were such creations out there. Interesting food for thought.

Comment by Cigar Box Nation on September 27, 2014 at 10:11am

Oops...bad link from the post below.  Listen to Hans Reichel's Daxophone:

Comment by Cigar Box Nation on September 27, 2014 at 10:10am

The daxophone, invented by Hans Reichel.,  It consists of a thin wooden blade fixed in a wooden block (often attached to a tripod), which holds one or more contact microphones (aka piezos). Normally, it is played by bowing the free end, but it can also be struck or plucked, which propagates sound in the same way a ruler halfway off a table does. These vibrations then continue to the wooden-block base, which in turn is amplified by the contact microphone(s) therein. A wide range of voice-like timbres can be produced, depending on the shape of the instrument, the type of wood, where it is bowed, and where along its length it is stopped with a separate block of wood (fretted on one side) called the "dax".


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