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Circuit Bending: Making Music By Rewiring Toys and Devices

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Overview


 In this class, we'll talk about what Circuit Bending is, and how it works. We will get physical and actually bend an old keyboard, going through the process step-by-step. In the end, we will have a cool new keyboard capable of brand new sounds. We'll even make a track with it.

In this class we will hit the road, going to some thrift shops to look for bendable instruments. We'll do some time-lapse videos of taking things apart (complete with Benny Hill), and we will melt down some Spongebob Squarepants. Join this supremely weird class to see how it all unfolds.  

Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • What is Circuit Bending?
  • What is Bendable?
  • Tools You Will Need
  • Tips on Finding Toys and Bendable Things: Lets Go Shopping!
  • Safety: Batteries Only!
  • Safety Gear: Glasses and Shoes
  • Opening Up Your Device
  • Make a Jumper
  • Making First Connections
  • Circuit Mapping and Notation
  • Types of Knobs and Switches
  • Soldering Tips
  • Connecting Wires to the Board
  • Mounting Switches
  • Connecting Switches
  • Switch Details
  • Closing it Up
  • Some Music Made From My New Bent Keyboard
  • Thanks and Bye!

Taught by

J. Anthony Allen

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