ARTIST: Toby Paddock
Every electronic device has electrical currents running around
And every current generates a magnetic field.
And some of these fields are in the audio frequency band.
And some of these leak out and join with the electromagnetic
soup that surrounds us.
And a very few passed through the wires in some homemade pickup
And induced currents in the wires.
And these currents flowed into the mic jack of an audio recorder.
And got recorded.
This is a recording of the stray audio frequency magnetic fields
in an electronics test lab. Pickup coils are waved around the
room, like Spock with a tricorder, sniffing out normally unheard
sounds from computers, monitors, motors, test equipment, and
a wall thermostat with an unexpected beepy heartbeat. The homemade
pickup is two 5000 turn air-core coils orientated 90 degrees
from each other for stereo. As recorded to minidisc, no effects,
processing, editing, or EQ.
Toby Paddock is an amateur electronics & sound tinkerer,
odd controllers for analog music synthesizers enthusiast, blinky
light watcher, and field recordist. Enjoys connecting things
to other things. Can not play even one song on any instrument.