What could go wrong if I swallowed a microphone?

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What could go wrong if I swallowed a microphone?

Post by i am monster face » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:23 pm

Well, weird question.

I want to record body sounds for an intro. But, like, what music would sound like inside of the body.

We've done underwater recording, tried all types of filter effects, and everything else I could think of.

I just want to see what this sounds like.

So I have an old Shure wireless lav microphone that I bought specifically for this. I plan on swallowing it and then using the thin cable to pull it back up after I have played music at me at an extremely loud volume. I will post what it sounds like in a bit if all goes semi-well.

Assuming that the cable breaks or doesn't pull the microphone up, what could go wrong by me doing this? I can only guess I'd pass it...I mean...i won't get seriously sick from metal, right? Or is there more to this...

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Post by Smitty » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:48 pm

my gut tells me this is going to become one of my favorite threads ever.
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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:31 pm

mine too. but it's iammonsterface's gut i'm concerned about.

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Post by JGriffin » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:36 pm

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Post by megajoe » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:52 pm

Pulling that wire back out of your throat is going to be fun.

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Post by jrsgodfrey » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:15 pm

You mean besides dying?

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Post by Electricide » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:41 pm

I'm fairly certain they have these in the medical field to diagnose problems. they have pills that record video, so why not audio.

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Post by KilledByAlbany » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:50 pm

I'm curious how the phantom power may react if it ends up immersed in some conductive bodily fluid... 8)

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Post by i am monster face » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:38 pm

It didn't work. It got about halfway down twice, then I gagged/threw it up.

I then called a friend who has just graduated from school as some sort of doctor to see if there was a better way to accomplish the task at hand. .

He told me it would almost certainly entail a trip to the emergency room or eventually to the doctor. He insisted that I never try anything so moronic again.

So what I did then was stick it right over the cusp of my tounge. Right to my throat. It worked. The microphone held up extremely well and we actually got usable audio complete with weird body noises. All this for a folk record. I too was worried about the phantom power, but nothing came of it.

Thanks to all who replied. I will post some sort of sample, just so you can know what it sounds like.

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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:42 pm

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Post by weatherbox » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:43 pm

maybe it'd be easier if you started from the end of you that doesn't have a gag reflex (well. maybe an emotional one.) i'd make sure no one else is home before you do that, though. tough to explain, that one.

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Post by RefD » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:45 pm

weatherbox wrote:maybe it'd be easier if you started from the end of you that doesn't have a gag reflex (well. maybe an emotional one.) i'd make sure no one else is home before you do that, though. tough to explain, that one.

i don't think he meant THAT kind of a "lav" mic!
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Post by ubertar » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:32 pm

I think it'd be a lot easier and safer if you did it as an, um, suppository. One of those tape op ribbons would probably be a good choice. Or an RCA 77DX. Then when you're done, you could release it into a cup and put the video on youtube.

edit: I see now weatherbox beat me to it. Oh well.
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Post by i am monster face » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:45 pm

What's funny is...the studio owner came in and saw me with a box of condoms, the microphone, and some rubber bands and said

"We wanted to get body sounds but...that's a little much."

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