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    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

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    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
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    Circuits and Code

    Sound Amplifying Circuits

    This post covers a few different (very basic) techniques for amplifying various sound sources. On the one hand sound coming from circuits inside toys that make sound (toy piano, singing greeting cards, recording and playback modules…), as well as sound made by generating frequencies using a microcontroller such as the ATtiny or an Arduino board. On the other hand, audio coming from your laptop computer or mp3 player.

    Various hardware for sound amplification:

    Amplified Greeting-Card Sound Circuit

    Using a TIP122 transistor >> de.rs-online.com/web/p/transistoren-darlington/3136900/

    Circuit diagram:

    Circuit on paper:

    Circuit on wood:


    Amplified ATtiny/Arduino Sound Circuit

    Circuit diagram:

    Hacked Amplified Speaker Module

    A cheap and easy way to amplify the sound coming from your laptop computer or mp3 player is to buy a cheap amplified speaker module (make sure it uses batteries and doesn’t just run off the power of the audio supplying device!) and to hack it open and connect it to some fabric speakers for example.

    Amplified speaker modules:
    – Clas Ohlson >> http://www.clasohlson.com/no/Portabel-h%C3%B8yttaler-Exibel/Pr383986000
    – Design Torget >> http://www.designtorget.se/designtorget/se/webbshop/Teknik1.Hogtalare_mini.dcp

    To amplify the sound coming from an mp3 player to a fabric speaker:

    Fabric speaker:

    Hacked amplified speaker module:


    6 Comments so far

    1. […] Perner-Wilson writes wrote up an informative post about amplifying sound circuits, including those that exist on fabric and […]

    2. Plusea on November 29th, 2012

      […] Some simple ways for amplifying various audio signals >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3794 […]

    3. […] going to be embedded everywhere — and not just in the obvious places, but in objects made of fabric or paper or wood, or in plastics. This last one is really fascinating, combining 3d prototyping and electronic […]

    4. […] Amplifying Sound Circuits Paper Speakers from HPW […]

    5. nini on June 25th, 2013

      Low energy light is required for the boat in sea voyages. It becomes especially important in the sea far electricity generator.

    6. Janco on November 30th, 2014

      like the circuit

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