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Started by lemonhorse, December 29, 2008, 05:07:06 PM


Circuitbenders - Custom built electronic audio insanity machines

Bending Brooklyn & Beyond

Circuit Bending and DIY Projects
This is an old blog of mine that I pulled from another site I don't use anymore. Sorry most of the sound sample links are dead at the moment. I'll do what I can to fix them. I know it's hard to appreciate an instrument without hearing it. I have less time for this hobby these days, but keep checking back because I have some new pieces in the works.

Circuit Bent Instruments (Custom Instruments)

This blog shows project documentations of various projects done by members of association of experimental electronics. Some projects are very easy and suitable for beginners, some are only for more advanced solderers.

Circuit bending is the creative, short-circuiting of electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children's toys and small digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators. Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with "bent" instruments. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling the machine and adding components such as switches and potentiometers that alter the circuit. ...

Circuit-bending is an electronic art which implements  creative audio short-circuiting. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms  forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no  prior knowledge of electronics is needed. The technique is, without a  doubt, the easiest electronic audio design process in existence. ...

Gadgetry and Hackery Links

Under the pressures of circuit-bending, nearly every electronic audio device that exists is an experimental musical instrument waiting to happen. Audio toys are packed with complex sound-producing circuitry that can easily, by anyone, be nudged off the edge of their theory-true world. This opens up a wonderland of alien voices that can both inspire and illustrate new compositions. The initial implementation of toys, along with my actual discovery of circuit-bending, was a complete accident. It was the mid '60's, I was a penny-less teenager, a musician, an experimental visual artist, and I longed for ways to experience unusual realities. I froze mixtures of colored liquids in the winter cold, hanging by strings in clear plastic bags from branches in the backyard. I made balancing sculptures containing hidden magnets that would hold them in seemingly impossible positions relative to each other. I made pyrotechnic displays that, while filling me with glee, also terrified a few farmers and even once sent me, unconscious, into emergency surgery.

Casperelectronics is the personal website of artist and musician Peter Edwards.

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These machine's are my testament to Insomnia, and demonstrate how patient Circuit Bending can transform innocent electronic devices into powerful and unique musical Instruments.
My primary interest is in producing sounds that cannot be achieved ...

ox in a box - destroy it yourself
somwhere across forever, Slovenia OX IN A BOX, experimental electronics. Spending most of the time on destroying inocent toy synths, buliding effect stompboxes, circuit bending and experimenting with electronics of all kind.