Circuit Bending: Making Music By ReWiring Devices and Toys
This is a class about the joy of Circuit Bending.
In this class we will first talk about what Circuit Bending is, and how it works. Then, we will actually circuit bend an old keyboard from beginning to end, going step-by-step through the entire process. In the end, we will have a cool new keyboard capable of brand new sounds, and I’ll even make a track with it.
This might just be the weirdest class ever made. In this class we will hit the road, going to some thrift shops to look for bendable instruments, I’ll do some time-lapse videos of taking things apart (complete with Benny Hill), and we will melt down some Spongebob Squarepants. You will have to join the class to see how that all unfolds.
Circuit Bending is one of the most desired and protected skills of sound designers worldwide. Learn the secrets here
- Modify electronic devices to add knobs and switches to create your own unique sounds
- Create an arsenal of hardware devices unique to you – no one else in the world will have your devices
- Create ultra-unique sounds using your circuit bent instruments!
- 23 individual video tutorials
- Learn at your own pace, watch as many times as you need to learn the lessons
IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?
- This circuit bending course is designed for people who do not know anything about circuit bending, and have no experience with circuits or any electronics
- This course is an excellent starting point for people look to get into the world of circuit bending
- More advanced producers looking to expand their repertoire of sounds will also benefit from creating their own devices with this class
- No knowledge of Circuitry or electronics is required
- No software is required
- A hardware unit to circuit bending will be needed to follow along, but don’t go get one yet! I’ll walk you through how to select something good for bending in the first few classes. These devices tend to be around $3 – $5 US
- What is Circuit Bending?
- What is Bendable?
Toys, Tools & Safety
- Tools You Will Need
- Tips on Finding Toys and Bendable Things: Lets Go Shopping!
- Safety: Batteries Only!
- Safety Gear: Glasses & Shoes
The (lack of) Science to Circuit Bending
- Opening Up Your Device
- Make a Jumper
- Making First Connections
- Circuit Mapping and Notation
- Notation File
Making The Connections
- 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 & Bye!
- Bonus Lecture: BEND – A Circuit Bending Documentary
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis.
J. Anthony Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.
” Great teacher! The explanation are clear and the exemple easy to follow. I recommend that class for all the electroacoustic composer who are interested by circuit bending.