Contact mics on their own have never been my jam, but lately I’ve been futzing with a Lom Geofón I purchased a while back. I’ve been messing with this thing intermittently over the last few months and it seems to excel at making everything sound like the broken caterpillar drive on the Red October.1 I keep hoping that Marko Ramius will show up and help get some high-end into these little guys, but alas it has yet to occur.2
I recently tried recording a less than efficient dishwasher from the 1980’s and it is definitely all broken submarine, all of the time:
I also have a metal table for my back yard that has a bunch of holes in it, and that seemed to produce some interesting results in high winds:
Things got a little more interesting when I affixed the mic to a metal grate at the end of culvert. There is some semblance of higher frequency content:
I’ve preferred hearing sounds pass through objects that resonate more. I still have some recordings of garbage trucks rolling down my street that I recorded with the Geofón attached to my office window, which I have yet to edit. Maybe when Marko finally makes it to Maine? Or was that Massachusetts? I forget.
It certainly wasn’t Montana!