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What is circuit bending? Here you’ll find pictures, tutorials and general info on circuit bending. If there is something specific, pertaining to general circuit bending practice, that you would like me to address on this page please feel free to email me at pete[at]casperelectronics[dot]com Topics I plan on addressing include what and where to buy tools and components, touch sensors, general rules of thumb, what to look for when buying toys for bending… and more. Pitch control is one of the most important bends to learn about. Info is available by clicking the pitch adjustment link below. - PITCH ADJUSTMENT
Modified Toy Orchestra are a collection of abandoned and reconstructed Childrens electronic toys, conducted by a selection of musicians. Below are 3 tracks we've filmed specially just to give you a taste of whats to come. qwerty
Squishy circuits are a project from the Thomas Lab at the University of St. Thomas . The goal of the project is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough. Thank you to the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering, the University of St. Thomas Young Scholars Program, and the 3M Foundation for supporting the undergraduate students working on this project.
Probing for "bends" using a jeweler's screwdriver and alligator clips Circuit bending is the creative customization of the circuits within 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.
You need a few things to begin with, of course. If you have never worked with electronics before you'll have to spend more money to get things like a soldering iron--but I bet you can get everything you need for under $30. Onto the list of things you need! Toy : Obviously you need a toy to modify--one that you don't mind opening up and (potentially) making inoperable if something bad happens. I recommend the usual places: thrift stores, surplus stores, etc.