Who has risked their microphone investment and have it pay off?

  • Submerged in boiling water
  • Frozen in ice
  • Dipped in liquids other than water, ie. syrup, molasses, oil, etc
  • Floated close to hazardous objects, ie. garbage disposal blades, propellors, etc
  • Something else even crazier than the above?

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A friend of mine built a hydrophone then froze it into a lake - in north sweden. you can hear the results from here: http://www.riwid.net/works/singing-ice/

  • @Richard, great link. I'd love to hear high-res clips of that recording, if possible. Contact me via LinkedIn. Sep 27, 2010 at 7:35

Maybe not THAT extreme, but I did bury my hydrophone in my compost pile. It's out on loan, but I figure I'd need to let it sit for a few days before recording with it, and then would need to do so for a few hours to see what I could get...the initial session was too short to get much cool stuff.


Just found this on the Sonic-Terrain site. Definitely applies to this topic.

  • This was the first thing I thought of. Sep 20, 2010 at 13:07
  • That sound is 100X worse than the worst mouth noise I have ever heard.
    – Utopia
    Sep 20, 2010 at 19:54

While I take no credit for doing it, an old friend of mine submerged one in his bathtub and fired off a bottle rocket. Him, the mic, and the bathtub/apartment survived.


I tried putting the hydrophone inside a balloon filled with water to get interesting impacts, jiggles, etc., but unfortunately I couldn't figure out a way to avoid cable vibration/noise emanating from where it touched the tied neck of the balloon. Made some interesting sound though.


Maybe a bit more of a joke... but this dog was seriously psycho! And it obsessed over the fluffy a little too much. Got a few nips too. The sound was was what I needed so it paid off.

oops, just read "hydrophone" in the title... I always post quicker than I read. In anycase it was so slobbery, that I probably needed a hydrophone.

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