Over The Time Cliff 2013

words and photo by: Telegraphy

Once again it's new years eve here in Detroit. It's cold and snowy. Some of you might be going out tonight to have fun, others like myself will be at home burning the midnight oil to make way for the new year. What ever case it may be, one thing is for sure - 2013 was a busy year for all of us.

 Busy like a bee on L.S.D. Ionosonde Recordings late this year managed to put out it's fifteenth release. Kind of makes me wonder if this is the final stop of my experimental project that is Ionosonde Recordings. I mean, fifteen quality release since 2011. That calls for a well deserved vacation.

 Well much has happened here at Ionosonde this year. For starters (no pun intended) our Kickstarter fundraising venture "Project Physical"  was the main focus for this month. Working full time at this project, promoting and creating new advertizing ideas, not to mention producing tracks for the physically released CD (I'll get to that later) took a lot of energy out of me. Unfortunately "Project Physical"  did not succeed. Raising only 7% of the $1500 goal within the allowed thirty day time frame, I gave it all my best.
I'm not writing to coin this project as a failure. No! This was a big learning experience for me as a promoter / artist and as a life experience in general. One thing I have learned is that preparation is the key to success. I made the mistake of jumping into this project blindly. Another thing I've learned was that I discovered my family and friends and facebook friends gave me much need support, weather it was through a pledge support or through promotional support. I really, really, really appreciate it. And it shows me that you do care and that's enough for me to consider this project a complete success in my book. Thank you for your support.

  So as I'm sitting here writing and listening to my old WWII vacuum tube AM radio (yes, that's excitement I'm having on new years eve) 
I'm reminiscing the years events of Ionosonde Recordings. With a watered down mixed drink beside me, I think about the direction of music I had taken in 2013. Influenced  by the early sounds of dub techno, my renditions of this genera takes on a encapsulated quality, much like being in a uninhabitable environment - like living under water. Mixed drinks anyone? Having my fill of these cheap adult beverages, I realized this years experiments in dub is losing it's kick (mix me another drink dear) and I find myself moving away from dub techno and back to my roots - where I started - coming full circle. O.K. What about the CD Telegraphy, you may ask yourself ?

 If you may or may not know, the whole intention of the Kickstarter venture was to gain financial backing to produce and manufacture a CD by me entitled "Ionosonde" This album will feature those dub techno sounds you've been used to hearing on Ionosonde Recordings in the past year. Crossed with my earlier styles, it's quite of a unique sound indeed. You don't want to miss this CD. As I said before, "I will stop at nothing in putting this CD out", even if that means burning CDr's one by one until my CD burner "Burns out" or I get tired of these crappy drinks. Is there a good bartender in the house?

 The midnight hour is upon us here in Detroit, I'm slightly buzzed from cheap vodka and milk and I'm ready to step outside into the freezing sub-zero temperatures to witness one of Detroit's many unique celebrations - The New Years Eve Gun Fire. Yes noise makers just aren't enough  for the well equip drug dealer. So I wish you a happy new year and great fortune to you from us at Ionosonde Recordings. And has always, I leave you with an image of one of Detroit's most mysterious characters. Burying the past in ankle deep snow and presenting the new year with a gift in his hands, Eggie Kishnoshky is just another figment of our imagination that slips through time in a city that's decaying back into sand. 

                Solitudes from Detroit


01: Sleeping Through New Years. by: Monopole..................................4:08 min

Finishing the race ?

words and video by: Telegraphy

 A BIG THANK YOU for all that have supported my Kickstarter project. As some of you may or may not know, Project Physical ended the morning of Dec 26, 2013. Unfortunately Ionosonde Recordings  did not reach it's goal of $1500 and as a rule of Kickstarter, in order for a campaign to be successful, the full goal amount of $1500 must be pledge by or before the time limit of 30 days. In other words, anyone that pledged, if the campaign didn't meet it's goal no monies will be transferred.

  I'm not writing to coin this project as a failure. No! This was a big learning experience for me as a promoter / artist and as a life experience in general. I tried my best to promote this project on the internet and here on facebook. One thing I have learned is that preparation is the key to success. I made the mistake of jumping into this project blindly. Another thing I've learned was that I discovered my family and friends and facebook friends gave me much need support, weather it was through a pledge support or through promotional support. I really, really, really appreciate it. And it shows me that you do care and that's enough for me to consider this project a complete success in my book. Thank you for your support.

 So what's next? Telegraphy and Ionosonde Recordings will strive to produce this physical CD entitled "Ionosonde" by any means possible. If it requires use burning CDr's through our laptop; so be  it. More updates to follow, so please stay tuned.

                           Thank You for you support of Ionosonde Recordings "Project Physical"

Screaming from Sweden...again.

words, photo, and sounds by: Telegraphy

 Have you ever wanted to use radio static noise for your next production? You know, that spacy noise only head in between radio stations, the kind of noise that suggests distant far away places or dreamy scenes that are only conjured up inside of our infinite imagination. Those ethereal static pops and scratches can be yours if you follow through these steps in building a "Space Noise Collector" or better known as a "Loop Antenna" If your like me and will just do about anything to hear these strange sounds from the ether and not mention for years I've been hunting down, trying my best to capture the sounds from one of the worlds oldest operational radio station.  SAQ is a special historic radio station from Sweden that only transmits on the frequency of 17.2 Kc (that's kilocycles or kHz). A few times a year, it's behemoth 200,000 watt transmitter turns on to spew out it's audio frequency signal. Thats right, audio. 17.2 kc is in the range of human hearing and it's signal reaches out all over the world. To hear this station that screams or any other weird cosmic noises, requires the use of a special antenna. Build this Very Low Frequency (V.L.F.) loop antenna to experience radio sounds of the audio band. The VLF radio spectrum.   

The following article is a step by step tutorial on how to construct a Very Low Frequency (V.L.F.) Loop Antenna. All material required for construction was obtained at a big retail hardware store (Lowes Hardware) Cost of this project was $50.  

Before we begin this project it is imperative to understand why, what, and how a loop antenna works.

What?   A loop antenna is a device to capture radio frequencies that are in the low frequency bands, basically any stations below say....2 mHz. If you can picture a big coils of wire. Ever done that high school science experiment where you wind wire around a big nail.....You Nailed It! That's a coil and that's what a loop antenna is. A big coil.

Why? Low frequencies require big long antennas in order to propagate through the air. To receive low frequencies you need the same long antenna to here it properly. How long? Well SAQ ( that Swedish station) I want to hear is on the frequency of 17.2 kc (kHz). The length of antenna for this station will be in the order of 17,441 meters. That's 73 miles long ! You can see that 73 miles is out of the question but "never fear, (As Bill Nye the Science Guy used to say before he raised to super stardom on Dancing With The Stars) science is hear".  We can fake our way ( like on a drug test). By winding a big coil we can build up "inductance" (that's the stuff coils are made of) to fool the radio waves into thinking that we are using a full size antenna. "Science !"O.K. Bill that's enough, go back to dancing with the stars.

 How ? A full size 73 mile antenna ( that's outrageous !) acts like a "tuned circuit " or it resonates on that frequency naturally. A loop antenna on the other hand is not a "tuned circuit" until this important component is connected across it. A capacitor is a series of metal plates that are sandwich together. It is connected to the loop antenna to resonate it at that frequency 

O.K. so we all now understand what, why, and how a loop antenna works. We can now get started on building our "Loop Antenna" or  our "Space Noise Collector" (what ever you want to call it. It's all good Bro.)

 First step in making our "Space Noise Collector" (yea, that sounds way cooler) we need to build a frame to hold the coils in place. We'll use our old friend P.V.C piping (Plastic with Various Connectors) Ehh...ok fine "polyvinyl chloride". Obtain 3 "T" connectors and 2 cross connectors plus a 8 foot length of PVC pipe. Cut four 22" lengths of pipe and eight 4" sections. Oh, your probley wondering what size PVC pipe I use. 3/4 inch scheduled 8 pipe will be stiff enough to withstand the pressure of 150 windings. Using slandered PVC bonding,  glue in place like so making a big cross:  

  I'm sure all of you woman out there have noticed my thick, full, long untamed hair. That's why I bought four combs. Ahh..OK... I'll get to the reason why I confused that gorgeous lady behind the counter at the drug store as to why this nerdy looking guy with almost no hair needed four combs.
 Now that we have our cross frame built which measures 48 inches tip to tip, it is time to wind the coil. But before we wind wire just willy nilly, theres some math that needs to be done.

 After extensive and exhaustive complex number crunching, I came up with the right amount the turns for this loop antenna to resonate down low.....Way down low in frequency, 17 Kc (kHz) to be exact ( that's outrageous !). The magic number is 150 turns of 24 AWG wire. So that comes out to ( Ehh... I never was good at basic math) Pi = 3.14 x 48 inch = 150.7 inch (that's the circumference). 150.7 / 12 = 12.5 feet. So 12.5 x150 turns = 1884 feet of 24 AWG wire. Wow, everything down low is big. Are you big down low ??? Ha Ha!

 Fortunately I'm a man and I keep things around no matter how useless it is. A spool of 24 AWG wire was constantly falling off of the work bench onto my feet, so I took the spools of wire and did the next best thing a man could do with something that harts him (Shove it into a deep dark corner where no one can find it  when you need it) FOUND IT!


 OK now can we wind?  Eh, maybe YOU can but I want a nice manicured looking loop. A pretty loop is a happy loop. Now the combs you've been wondering about. Using the combs as a spacer for the windings on the loop, we attach them to the frame like so.


Pretty boy....

  After having our day of beauty, we start winding. I used dowel rods through a hole drilled in the center of our loop to support it while spinning it around and around (don't forget to count your turns !)
When winding, be sure to feed the wire through each and every single tooth of all four combs. Theirs about 120 teeth so you might have to over lap a few windings in order to get to the magical number of 150 turns.
 This is what it should look like, all nice and pretty. Every turn of wire is equally spaced. That's why I used the combs (you sexy looking loop, you. ) We're not done winding yet. A second coil wound on top and in the middle of the big coil is needed but fortunately for you this one only need to be 10 turns. The scientific term for this is the "secondary winding" where as the big coil we've just wound is the "primary winding" SCIENCE ! Damn it Bill !

 To make it easier for you to see what is happening; here's one of my world famous Windows 3.1 draw pad images (we're high tech at Ionosonde Recordings)

  The ends of the big winding (150 turns) connects directly to the capacitor and the "smaller winding " (10 turns) connects to the audio input socket of your sound card.

 The capacitor value was calculated to be around 1500 pF. Again, as a man I collect stuff. So I had on hand, a 2000 pF variable capacitor. Now I know it's hard to come across one that size. A simple trick you can perform is to buy one of these capacitors from the Crystalset Society  Their only 350 pF but if you connect a .001 disk ceramic cap across, it will get you up to the desired capacitance value of 1500pF. 

 The loop is done and all we need to do is connect it to our sound card. If you like, you can listen to the wide band noise that comes out of this antenna with your favorite audio editor program just don't forget to crank up the microphone gain all the way up. Or if you really want to explore the VLF band, then your going to want to get something called an SDR (software based receiver). What this program does is turn you computer into a high performance radio. There's a realy slick, easy to use free VLF receiver program you can use to listen to. Download it for free here  .

 To operate this antenna properly, slowly turn the shaft of the tuning capacitor until the volume of the noise level peaks. When the noise is at it's loudest, the antenna is at resonates at the frequency your listening to. Now the best part about this antenna is it's directional properties. When you rotate it on it's vertical axis - you will notice the noise and signals will vary in intensity and will also sharply disappear.

 Have fun with your "Space Noise Collector".

Ionosonde Needs Your HELP!!!!

                                                  Project Physical

What is "Project Physical" ?
  A venture of Ionosonde Recordings that will  support the release and distribution of it's first physically released CD. This CD entitled "Ionosonde" is written and produced by sound artist Telegraphy  It will contain 7 tracks of his own signature style of dub techno, IDM and ambient soundscapes. "Project Physical" will ensure fabrication of this CD by Ionosonde Recordings. As part of the netlabel community, Ionosonde Recordings as been releasing free music via the internet since 2010, now we want to make a better experience for our valued listeners by producing a CD.

  Please help support Ionosonde Recordings by making a donation so that we can create a better netlabel experience for you and others. Visit our Kickstarter page for more information.

                                                Thank you for your support.

Grey Matter iono-15

track listing:

01: Grey Matter Does Matter........................5:30 min

02: Grey Loops.............................................8:27 min

03: Grey Beings.............................................7:19 min

04: Unrepeatable Events................................6:52 min

05: Noctilucent Thoughts...............................7:22 min

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The mysterious nature of some matter has captivated inquiring minds as long as there has been instruments of micro foresight. Elusive substances make their appearance only to offer conjecture on a theological context, where by attuned idealist can perhaps make a assumption that they exist at all.

Characterized has being here nor there, the escape artist of the material world evades understanding and discovery. Iono-15 "Grey Matter" by Telegraphy, though mysterious, it can not be understood in the traditional sense. Serving as a barrier of acoustic knowledge, sounds are ether here nor there and at the same instance there nor here.

Rhythmic guesses of deeply fluctuating vibes coming and going is a scientific hypothesis of how Telegraphy's "Grey Matter" materializes in this reality.

The Cabbage Patch IV (fin)

words and photo by : Telegraphy

 Four seasons ago I stood here with an open heart, reluctant to be who I am in this town with a closed hearted  people. The more I ponder having my piece of mind known, the more I have a dying confidence.

 It's a long way to my destination. Short cutting through the other side, passing by derelict empty new born souls of conjoined inter-racial couples, signals the end of this trip of my experience.

 The weeds grow in this city as fast as the pockets of the elite business man, tucked away underneath his honers chair. "My god - look at those vines. They've consumed that building " "Na, that's just frustrated house wives in yoga class contorting their dense reckless egos, hoping to catch the innocent libido of a young boy.

 Streaming down this path of old in a town where two cabbages are hold, a patch where we all lay our conscience folds. I ingest this mystic seed, to dream, with my eyes open to me. We all end up in this same dirt, where cabbages were once submerged. All too our worldly lies,  truths grow out of this patch, most deeply in urge. 

 Sprocket in my heart lie on the breasts of chicken headed ladies. Conjuring up his magic, the town idiot's hobby as a professor, cranks this sprocket actuating advanced mathematical computations from the ladies  explaining the mysteries of idiots.  

 Unsuspecting red lite dungeon compromises his own credibility as his wife flees across the boarder for the last time. The goons, the goons, the loons are out to dance in the full moon light, blond virgins follow hoping to be swooned.

  Paper houses sitting pretty for their next victim's. A collage lesbian couple maybe.  Their leaving. NO! Their fleeing towards the setting sun in the south, just follow tracks of hopeless dreams. Have a crepe before I leave, dust off those table where people had never eat.

 Quick block them in, build a wall around this town to keep them out. A fortuitous fortress we construct with no choice. Barricade their path inward. The loons, the loons their coming to take our daughters. Skipping down the street in platform shoes and candied shorts, taunting rats on their way to church, the daughters conjure up goddess from the patch.                      

  Streaming down this path of old in a town where two cabbages are hold, a patch where we all lay our conscience folds. I ingest this mystic seed, to dream, with my eyes open to me. We all end up in this same dirt, where cabbages were once submerged. All too our worldly lies,  truths grow out of this patch, most deeply in urge.

  There she is once again, riding around in her golden chariot, hermetically sealed from outside prying ears. They gather around her as if she were queen of  this patch. Stop yelling at me with your sharp tong, that mong yellow handbag you carry is only weaker then the chimp you carry in it. If only your coin operated heart can convince the whole neighborhood of your true self.

 Follow the tunnel exiting  the lake and you will find the cavernous void of this city. The underworld beings fest on nonjudgmental eroticisms of the populous. Peeking through the trap door under this hill of field coils, I contemplate my own realization of this experience only having a knee pads made of beetle shells to show for it all.

  Elm tree's blooming jealousy in the spring morning bend over around me. The complex conforming communication they convey is consuming for my conscientious of this career. Her looney cidal methods taunt my will to sleep on this stone dawn matters. "I think I have a bad back" "No, it's just my hidden delight to see you suffer stabbing you in the back", she said as she quickly puts on her mask of pleasantries.

 Throwing the sharked tooth jousting stick onto the ground, it gets quickly sponged up by my thick lush green lawn of confusion. "This town ain't small enough for the one of us", I semaphored out to the rat commander perched in the elm tree's. Dressed in masonic sheepskins, the rat materialized a glowing orb of wisdom to signal my completed experience.     
 Streaming down this path of old in a town where two cabbages are hold, a patch where we all lay our conscience folds. I ingest this mystic seed, to dream, with my eyes open to me. We all end up in this same dirt, where cabbages were once submerged. All too our worldly lies,  truths grow out of this patch, most deeply in urge.
  Four seasons ago I stood here with an open heart, reluctant to be who I am in this town with a closed hearted  people. The more I ponder having my piece of mind known, the more I have a dying confidence.


Interpretations iono-14

track listing:

01: Misinterpretations.......................................................11:12 min

02: Last Interpretations.....................................................7:11 min

03: Space........................................................................10:09 min

04: Space Squared...........................................................5:12 min

05: Space Quaded ..........................................................8:19 min

06: Space Cubed ..........................................................8:40 min

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To interpret is all in the eyes of the beholder. Different world views and opinions varies widely from individuals. All of us has our own unique sense of reality that we somehow like to share with the rest. Weather it's good or bad, you and I compute the external environment to our own liking.

Keeping this in mind, "Interpretations" an album of collected dubed sound-scapes by Ionosonde's resident artist Telegraphy, pushes the listener into outer space where a sterile environment is present to be used as a medium for sound interpretation. If it isn't warm and bright for one person, it's cold and dark for another. It's all how you interpret it.

                     So space-out with us !

Telegraphy liveset

As part of the ongoing podcast series of Heterodyne Records , Telegraphy assembled a 60 minute liveset of his own material exclusively for this record label. Released as HTDNP011 via offical.fm firstly as a live steamed video (which can be viewed here) then as a podcast. Using tracks from Telegraphy's discography (2011 - 2013) ranged from ambient too dark Detroit techno.

  Starting off this set with a dark, cold, and slow rhythm-ed introduction that gradually builds into "Kurz-above Transmissions". With mid-track pausings of soundscaped noise to adjust the listeners attention to prepare them for a different journey. Beyond the friendly resting period are dubed minimalistic sounds in the styled by Telegraphy. Ending this set takes the listener back to the summer of 2012 with the ending track of "Someone In Detroit" This heavily dubed ambient ending gently lowers the listener back home, safe and sound.

A consistent comment from Heterodyne Records audience about this liveset is: "What a journey"         


Rain'en On My Feet

track listing:

01: Rain'en On My Feet....................................................6:18 min

02: Rain'en On My Feet(B side dub)............................................6:25 min

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A present to you from Ionosonde Recordings. This single entitled "Rain'en On My Feet" combines dark pop and dub-ed soundscapes into one watered down single that perfect for a rainy hot summers night. Stay Dry!

Alter Rd. iono-13

track listing:

01: Constructs.....................................................................7:36 min

02: Last Look......................................................................8:31 min

03: Embarrassed..................................................................7:58 min

04: Night Bike Ride.............................................................6:49 min

05: Day Bike Ride (Night Bike Ride Mod) ........................6:59 min

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Dark Detroit techno with very heavy dubed soundscapes gives this album a place in the underground music scene. Telegraphy once again, delivers yet another minimal dubed techno sound that is a far cry from his signature sound. Using only analog gear, Telegraphy delves deep into the underground sound environment to catch vibrant tonalities. Some of his home made studio gear makes an appearance to support a rich sounding album.

D.I.Y. plate reverb

words, photo and audio by: Telegraphy

The first artificial audio effect to produced a reverberation sound is known as the echo chamber. A sound source and microphone are placed in a large caverness room which allows persistence of sound to be heard. This persistence of sound is created by bouncing the sound source audio off highly reflective surfaces of the chamber, this is heard as a reverberation. This is by far the best reverb effect one could produce and the most expensive.

 A cheaper way to produce reverberation is to use what is known as a  plate reverb.  This device is best described as having similar physical characteristics to an audio speaker. While working on the same principal as a speaker, the plate reverb can produce reverberations better in quality then it's digital counterparts. Historically, this device has been used in studios since the early 1960's      

The concept of a plate reverb is quite simple. An electromagnet, like the one found on a audio speaker, is directly or indirectly coupled to the center of a piece of sheet of metal. Audio from a sound source is fed into this electromagnet (voice coil) which will physically vibrate the piece of sheet metal (plate). These audio vibrations are echoed many times, echos which are in fact persistence of audio. The amount of persistence (reverberation) is determined by  the physical
characteristics of the plate. These characteristics many include  length, height, and stiffness of the piece of sheet metal. Once reverberation has been set off in the plate itself, it then needs to be detected. This is accomplish by directly or indirectly coupling microphones to the plate. The micophones pickup the reverberations and sends them back to to be mixed  with the original "dry" audio.


  The following article is a step by step
description of a home built plate reverb

  The cost of building this plate reverb was around 
$150. All materials needed (excluding electronics) were obtained at my local Lowes home hardware store. Electronics on the other hand, were from RadioShack.

materials used

 Step 1: You can't have a plate reverb just hanging around without a proper home. The first order of business is to construct a frame from which the plate hangs from
. I used 8 foot sections of galvanized slotted angle iron which has many holes in it. These holes are perfect for a quick and painless assembly. Two of these sections is good enough for this project. Cutting the proper lengths was a breeze with a simple hack saw. Now that all four sections are to length, it was time to make four corner bracket plates. These brackets are used to make the frame ridged. 1/32 aluminum sheet metal cut with a band saw into a triangle shape. Three 9/32 holes drilled like so are all that is needed. Attaching the corners brackets to the four lengths of angle iron was made by using 1/4-20 nuts and bolts. Now that the frame is ridged length wise, it was time to construct cross members to make the frame ridged radially. 1/2 aluminum angle stock is strong enough to do the job. Arranging them in a "V" patten prohibits the frame from twisting.

  Oh yea.....I forgot...
 You can't have a frame just laying around all day doing nothing - Thats what men are for. This frame is going to need some feet to stand on. Using the last of the galvanized stock, I cut to length small sections and then I made two of the same corner brackets I made earlier. Connecting the feet to the frame in the same fashion as the

frame corners

  Step 2:   What's all of this hanging around non-sense. Speakers don't hang around - That's what teenagers are for. Using the last of the two 8 foot sections of aluminum angle stock, I cut to length two vertical mounting brackets. This will hold the driver in place.

  Step 3: You didn't think I would forget about the most important piece of them all. Without it, we would have to name it the "Air-verb". Anyhow - Now I know that there are many different opinions out there on what type of plate material to use and how thick it should be to produce a certain sound quality. For that, I will leave it up to you to do your own research and decide based on what you want.


                                            Just in case your wondering what I used:
At Lowes home hardware, they had in stock a 3 ft x 2 ft plated steel sheet metal. The thickness of this sheet metal is 26 AWG which is roughly .016 inch. This is quite thin in a reverb point of view. But I wanted something that would easily reverberate at low frequencies. So my theory is that the thinner the plate is, the more easily it will vibrate at lower frequencies.
 Having about 2 inches of space between the frame and the plate, gave ample lee way to use medium strength springs to suspend the plate from the frame. I used four 3/4 inch heavy gauge springs for this project - it's enough tension to ensure good persistence. Before the plate can be installed, the corners must be reinforced. If the corners are not strengthened, the immense tension exerted by the springs will eventually ware out the corners. Using four more 1/32 aluminum triangles (yes, that's the last of the dreaded triangles.) I drilled four small holes on each triangle to accompany four revives, plus another 9/32 hole for the mounting nut and bolt. Duplicating the holes onto the plate was a breeze with a sheet metal hole puncher.

  This next step takes a bit of elbow grease - tensioning  the springs. This requires patience, strength and a third hand to keep the frame from moving (unless your like me who uses his knee, head, foot or any other available extremity instead). Use your knee folks, it's simpler. The first spring is the easiest - no tension. The second spring (of coarse) is much more difficult. I tensioned the spring on the opposite corners from the starting one. Using a pry bar of some sort to pull the spring to the mounting hardware, I bolted them down and took a breather.

 Step 4:
Now folks, I know what your thinking. You can't just connect the output leads of your mixer directly to the plate and expect it to perform. No, you need a driver of some sort. There are different methods for driving a plate reverb. The method I'm using in this project involves directly connecting a speaks voice coil to the plate itself. Again, there are many different opinions out there regarding how to drive and detect audio too and from a plate reverb. So as another disclaimer, I will let you do your own research.     

                                               Just in case your wondering what I used:
  I wasn't about to spend another $150 for a brand new speaker, only to have it disemboweled for it's precious voice coil. One good thing about being a man is that you tend to hang on to things (like your ex who treated you badly...please come back baby!!). I had speakers laying around - not expensive ones but they had voice coils. These in particular were old Chrysler automotive 8 ohm speakers. I wanted to directly couple the speakers voice coil to the plate itself. This required some manly modification to the speaker.
   How to disembowel a speaker:
(the ionosonde way)
           1: Ripe out cone body. Use hobby knife to cut away cone right down to the dust cover.  "Making first incision"
           2: Cut away dust cover (being careful not to cut into the voice coil or the spider. DOING SO WILL RESULT IN COMPLETE DEATH. ) "nurse Mary, please hand me the forceps".
           3: Using what ever tool at your disposable, cut away speaker basket taking care not to cut away the connection terminals.(I used sheet metal nippers) "this limb needs to be removed, cut off saw nurse Mary"     
           4: Remove terminals leaving the metal mounting tabs( I'll use these as the voice coil mounts) "O.K. sutcher up the patient nurse Mary - My bill will be in the mail"



Now that I had a working voice coil (driver) ready for mounting on the plate reverb unit, it is time to fabricate a coupling link that will directly connect the driver to the plate. But first, I need to do something with this mess I made while performing that gruesome surgery on our patient. A quick sweeping with my trusty broom and......wait a minute - broom - broom handle... Perfect! A broom handle is the right size for making a driver coupling link. Just cut off about 1 1/2 inches of the broom handle (the length depends on the distance your driver will be away from the plate)  - file or sand one end to size for a slip fit into the voice coil. Glue the coupling to the voice coil. It is essential to be cautious while gluing. If glue seeps down into the gaps between the coil and the magnet, then you essentially made yourself a nifty refrigerator door magnet. In other words, the driver won't work if the coil and magnet are glued together. After the glue has dried, mount the driver to the frame. If the coupling link length is correct, it should lightly touch the plate. If the plate is bowed outward, then the coupling link is to long.

 Drivers in place and ready to use. All that is left is the pickups. Again, there are many different opinions out there of what type of pickups to use and how to use them. Everybody has different needs to fulfill in their reverb project. It just isn't right for me to tell you what my opinion is(sorry folks). But........


                                                 Just in case your wondering what I used:
  Piss...hey you....What if I told you that Radio Shack has had a secrete only known to musicians for many years. You would say to yourself, "Telegraphy your crazy!!", has you search through those pro-audio gear catalog's looking at $100+ acoustic pickups. Well just between you and me (and keep this on the down-low) Radio Shack sells pickups for $4.49 each. They don't label them as such but instead their called Piezo Elements 1500-3000 Hz model: 273 073  The sound quality of this devices are great for the price.

Taking those $4.49 acoustic pickups (Piezo Elements) out of their packages, I realized that these pickups didn't look like your average piezo element.Well for starters, the elements are buried inside a blast proof, geek proof, flame resistant, and radiation proof  -  black plastic case. To extract this rare element, you need a good sharp hobby knife, a skrew driver, and most of all - patience. All you have to do is pry open the top with a skrew driver (sounds easy enough. Boy are you in for a treat). Down inside of it's impregnable case is the piezo element. It's almost press fitted down in there, so your going to need a hobby knife to gently pry it loss. 

Attaching them to the plate reverb is straight forward but keep in mind - Yes for the last time. Everybody, say it with me. "There are many different opinions out there of where to place these elements on the plate". So please, do your own research. Knowledge is power.  The most complicated and scientific of these opinions, is to find out where on the plate the wave front anti-node of certain frequencies are. Oh, yea I forgot.....
                                             Just in case your wondering where I placed them:
  Attaching them at equal distances from the ends and having them placed on opposite faces of the plate works for me. The reason why I placed them on opposite faces is to "simulate stereo". Remember that we're only using one driver (mono). Now it would be cool if I had enough room, time and money to have two plate reverbs; one for each channel.


 After wiring up the driver into an audio source and running the pickups into a low noise pre-amp, it was time to test this plate reverb out !

                                                          Here's an audio sample. Enjoy.

Ann Arbor Hash Bash 2013

words, photo and audio by: Telegraphy

"Hemp - Hemp - Hooray!
                                                Unknown Hash Bash protester 2013

Ahh, Ann arbor. The college town of all college towns. This Michigan mid-sized city is home to the University of Michigan, one of Americas finer college. Besides the usual traditional college curriculum, more unconventional courses are offered, such as - Zombie Survival and How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation. But I didn't travel 50 miles from my home on the east side of Detroit just to expand my intellect in higher education (wow, all of these pun words - "expand" "intellect" "HIGHER". You can see where this is going folks.) no, I came here on this typical gray spring day that you often find here in Michigan to observe and hopefully decipher one of Ann Arbors finest attractions - The Ann Arbor Hash Bash.

  This annual event has been attracting stoners (like a newly found hidden smoking spot) since 1972. At first, it was intended to be a celebratory gathering which brought public awareness to the Michigan Supreme Court decision on  March 9th 1972, declaring the law used to imprison activist John Sinclair on marijuana possession charges,  unconstitutional. Since then, it has grown into a protest march against federal and state marijuana laws with the intent to completely eradicate the pot prohibition. This yearly event is held on every first Saturday of April on the steps of the University of Michigan's Diag  (/ˈd.æɡ/ DY-ag) which is a large open space in the middle of the university's central campus. The main event is at "high noon" with various key note speakers rallying a crowd of thousands. This event has grown year by year in attendants and so has the thick cloud of pot smoke hovering above them.

    So as I hurtled down the highway on my way to this event, the first bump in the road hit me like Fat Dab - Detroit construction. "It's only April" I said. "Construction season isn't supposed of started yet". As conscientious Detroit drivers knows, Michigan has two seasons: Winter and road construction season. Crawling my way through this tragic traffic, constantly shifting gears from first too second on my well warn 1999 VW Jetta, I started to wonder, because when ever I'm in a Detroit traffic jam; to keep my cool I often ponder on cosmic issues. "Does the Hash Bash still have that revolutionary spirit that was so prevalent during the 1960's and 70's, even in this modern internet based society we call America or is it just a good excuse for twenty-somethings to go to get high?". I mean a question like this real helps to releave a lot of stress from the out-numbered offensively driven trucks that infest I-94  

 Finaly after an hour drive, I arrived in Ann Arbor. Exploring the city trying to find a good parking spot is more akin to finding the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was impossible! Almost all parking spots were ether metered or permit parking only and I wasn't about to wast my time running back and forth feeding a hungry meter like a stoner after a hard days smoke-a-thon. Thirty minutes of searching and almost ready to give up, I finally found a free parking spot. A mere three blocks away from the Diag, it was one of those miracle parking spots you only hear about in urban legend stories. Quickly reserving my free parking I headed out to the Diag. Having a half an hour before the festivities, it gave me ample time to relish in the atmosphere. Oh, I'm not saying where I found that free "legal" parking spot.

  Grabbing a cup of tea in the coffee house across the street from the U of M campus, I headed up the long straight walkway to the center campus Diag. It was cloudy and cold with an occasional lite northerly breeze that made it feel more like winter at the steps of Diag. Good thing I was smart enough to bring along a nice hot cup of tea. Even with the cold Michigan weather at hand, it certainly didn't keep the stoners away as we'll find out later on. Even at 11:30 am, there was already copious amounts of people, standing around, smoking, sometimes occasionally dancing to rhythmic beat of various drum circles that were sporadically stationed throughout the Diag.

 Roaming around the crowd, I started to familiarize myself with the vast collection of different people who were in attendance. Trying to piece together what type of person would come to an event like this and why. My mind was blown away to see so many different generations, races, creeds and political view points being represented here. Hippies - Yea, they were there, dreads and all. College jocks - Dude, Bro. They were there in force. Freaks - Eh, few and far between but if you glanced over the top of the crowd, you will notice the unmistakeable site of a  mohawk jetting out like a soar thumb ( like a undercover cop car). Straight edged clean cut students -  Again, just think undercover cop car. Speaking of police."Two". What does two have to do with Ann Arbor's finest? Well the whole time I was there, I only counted a total of two police officers and they were standing well away from the crowd, almost to the point where you had to question yourself as to what's the point of the police having a presents there at all. Maybe they were afraid of getting a contact buzz ?                                        

 By 12:00 am "high noon" the crowd grew at an overwhelming rate. With twenty-somethings flocking in large groups down the side walks towards the Diag, you get a sense that this is going to get interesting. The Hash Bash got under way in what I thought was quite unusual. You would think that the customary way of starting such an event would be to light up a ceremonial joint. Not here! This is Ann Arbor, we still respect our constitutional rights. Everyone in the audience put down their joints or what ever they were smoking, faced the American flag perched up high on the flag pole in the middle of the Diag, as a young lady sang The National Anthem. As it ended, cheers rang out from the crowd, and the mass conflagrantion of organic material continued.

  With vairous key note speakers gathered above the crowd on the steps, their rallying voices blaring through P.A. system, passing the microphone around so each one get his or her chance to voice their concerns on subjects such as - cannabis economics - marijuana prohibition repeal - hemp industry - and more. Notable speakers that really set the crowds joints on fire was: Michigan State Rep. Jeff Irwin, who spoke about completely legalizing marijuana. 

 During these rallying speeches, other activities of an illicit nature was taking place. The whole Diag was up in smoke. A constant barrage of white puffs of smoke flew away, carried by the wind. This interesting aroma saturated the crowd. A mixer of different strains of pot, marijuana, dope, bud, call it what you will , it was like being in the epicenter of a hurricane. The confusion of all these different smells overloading your sense of smell. Everywhere you looked, there was someone smoking a joint, a bowl, I even caught a glimpse of a young gorgeous blond girl smoking out of a huge glass bong. They don't care, they'll do it out in the open, "This is the Hash Bash - smoking's legal", one protester suggested to me as he took a big hit off of a massive blunt. And all the while those two Ann Arbor police officers I told you about earlier; they were still there, away from the crow. Just observing I would imagine.

  After a while of being subjected to ounce after ounce of second hand smoke from the audience, I started to fell different. Almost euphoric. Spending that much time in the middle of Michigan's largest smoke-out, definitely has some side effects. All of the sudden in stead of my attention being focused on the speakers, it was now in hyper A.D.D. mode. I tell you that girl standing ontop of that wall has the most sexiest socks I've ever seen.......Sorry, back to the story at hand. Yea, A.D.D. and I think the hole crowd was feeling the same way. But in the mist of all this smoke, were people who were genuinely interested in what the speakers had to say. One of them was a middle aged man who's there every year holding a novelty American flag with the stars substituted as pot leafs or the hippie who's photogenic oversize bowl rises eyebrows and let us not forget the young man of the street and his cardboard sign signifying free handouts. But most importantly what I found out as the effects of the pot smoke wore off, as I stood there looking around in the middle of a smoke infused crowd, a small group of people in front of me broke apart to revile what was once hidden by them. Like Moses and the parting of the sea. An answer that was well hidden the whole time I was there. Like uncovering of a great mystery, there it was, the answer I've been looking for - a lone medical marijuana patient in a wheelchair. Looking decrepit, maybe hurting but with a big smile on his face and as he exhales a big puff of smoke I realize who and why they come to the Ann Arbor Hash Bash.