It's only when we break our headphones or blow out our speakers that we notice the small wires inside. It's a whole world of technology we were curious to know more about. That's how we found ourselves building our own speakers with multimedia artist (and one half of the experimental band Lucky Dragons) Luke Fischbeck at Sonos Studios for the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
The first tutorial was on sound, and Luke showed how soundwaves flowed. We learned to coil a wire, attach magnets, expose wires, use stereo jacks and connect them all to the speaker. Then we were on to amplifying the sound. Whether it was by using plastic or cement pots, balloons, paper, cardboard or wood, students got creative and listened to the effect each material had on sound.
We can't call ourselves techies just yet, but the next time our speakers get busted, we might just be able to do a little fixing!
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