Circuit Bending – 16th April 2014

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To quote wikipedia Circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toysand 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 andpotentiometers that alter the circuit.”On TBC bring your noisy battery powered toys, screw drivers and crocodile test clips and lets see what weird and wonderful noises we can get out of these things.When: 16th  April 2014 – 18:00 – 21:00

Location: Bournemouth Arts University Workshop. See here for details.

Note: ‘Battery power’ is important, we don’t want to be randomly probing circuits with mains voltage. It probably wouldn’t end well.

Wash-up: The event was a (modest) success. Two toys were successfully ‘bent’ to produce weird and wonderful sounds. Lots more toys refused to play ball. I suspect that the toys that can’t be modified are the ones that exclusively use embedded chips and/or don’t expose much of their control circuitry or don’t rely on external components for timing. Older toys and analogue toys are better!