If you’ve been looking to get into circuit bending your own musical instruments and need that extra push to make the jump, MAKE Magazine has posted both a PDF and video podcast with a basic how-to. I got to play with the resulting instrument Bre built, and it’s great fun; the Speak & Spell is based on the design by Reed Ghazala, “father of circuit bending” who has made a couple of appearances here on CDM.
Here’s the video:
For more information, be sure to pick up a back issue of MAKE Magazine issue 4, the music special; I contributed several articles to that including portions of the circuit bending feature. The online extra for that feature has additional bending resources:
Previously on CDM
Circuit Bending: Reed Ghazala on Free Learning, Teaching [Reed Ghazala himself talks to CDM]