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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. Nintendo Bending Megaphone Bending Casio SA Bending Speak&Spell Bending Barbie Karaoke Bending Help me continue to offer free bending tutorials. How to Do Circuit Bending with a Kid's Toy : Learn About Body Contacts for Circuit Bending.
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Squishy Circuits. I Am Sitting in a Room-Alvin Lucier: UBU WebSound. Circuit bending. Probing for "bend" using a jeweler's screwdriver and alligator clips Circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children's toys and 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. Experimental process A 1989 Kawasaki toy guitar used in a circuit bending project A Yamaha PSR-6 used in a circuit bending project. Innovators In 2009, circuit bending rock band CMKT 4 began touring America teaching workshops on circuit bending and DIY electronics.  Simple ways to circuit bend a toy. 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. But...please, please, please, PLEASE don't go to a major retailer and purchase something new to modify. The best toys are the ones that aren't complicated: only a few sounds, a few buttons, etc. And it should go without saying (I hope)...but don't bend anything that requires a connection to the wall or mains! Electronics: For this bend you'll need a random assortment of parts: on/off switches, some resistors, a potentiometer, and wire. Other tools: A drill or dremel to cut holes in the casing, and a screwdriver to take the case apart.