prof_lofi Posted July 17, 2008 Report Share Posted July 17, 2008 Hey Everyone,I'm offering a beginning circuit bending workshop at Peacock Visual Arts on August 2nd and 3rd, and still have 5 spots left. For those of you unfamiliar with circuit bending, it's the practice of creating electronic music instruments/sculptures from toys, as well as hacking/re-purposing keyboards and other electronic music instruments. It's how I build many of the instruments I play in my live electronics set and use in my compositions/sound designs. The basic idea is taking apart electronic/sound producing toys/cheap instruments and creating short circuits that are interesting and that produce results that you like, and then wiring these up with various controllers and switches and re-housing them in a new case or modifying the old one to fit the new components.Here are some links to pages with some stuff I've built in case you've missed any of my sets:http://www.billthompson.org/steim.htmhttp://www.billthompson.org/mickelmasstunnels.htmhttp://www.billthompson.org/pix/concretefour/P7261809.jpgand some pretty dire youtube vids, but you'll get the picture (bad pun):http://hk.youtube.com/user/innerd00rThe workshop costs 10/day (2 days) and you will need to bring two or three toys to hack as well as buy a few cheap components from Maplins that come to about 3 to 5 (all detailed in an email once I have a full roster).The workshop is geared towards people who are interested in circuit bending but who have little or no experience working with hacked electronics. More advanced folks are welcome but should realize I'm focusing on fairly straight-forward bends/hacks and basic electronics to set you off on your journey.I'll cover how to find bends, how to wire up inputs/outputs, potentiometers, light sensitive resisters (to create theramin-like controls), body contacts, and single and double throw switches.The goal of the workshop is to give you the basic technical know-how to continue on your own after the workshop, as well as for you to leave with a basic instrument by the end of day 2 (each person's instrument will be unique as circuit bending is about discovery, not design-per say).I'm doing this workshop fairly cheap as I was offering it to friends initially but still need 5 more to make it viable, but later workshops will likely cost much more just because it takes so much work to put this together etc.So those interested, give me a shout and I'll put you on the list. You can pm me, or just send me an email at email@example.comOh, and btw, the workshop is appropriate for any age-8 to 80 (and yes, I've done it with a wide range) and no electronics experience is necessary (in a way, it's almost better to come in with as little preconceptions as possible!)Talk soon,Billps...I have a small desire that this might eventually lead to a David Tudor-esque electronic orchestra of sorts if people are enthused.-- http://billthompson.org/http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soundasart/Experimental Music Radio at:http://thefogonshmufm.blogspot.com/........................................................................"The more you think about things the weirder they seem." -Calvin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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