Circuit Bending Challenge: The Envelope, Please

Announcing the winners of the 2007 Circuit-Bending Challenge! Note: All the entries were excellent, and we have a little prize lined up for all of you, not just these top picks. *See below for details It was very hard to choose three winners from all of the entries- the variety and quality of submissions was amazing. So, we tried to select those that most embodied the spirit of the contest- creativity, within a set time limit, and using only those materials that can be scraped together quickly. And that didn’t narrow it down much. It was a tough call to …

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Circuit-Bending Challenge winners to be announced shortly

This is just a quick note to say that the winners of the Circuit-Bending Challenge will be announced shortly, now that I’m back from a short vacation and online. No, we didn’t forget about you and all your hard work.

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Circuit Bending Challenge: Keep Late Entries Coming, Round-up Soon

Just a quick note to say, keep those late entries coming for the circuit bending challenge! We know that, ahem, circuit bending doesn’t always go as planned. And we still want to see your stuff — even “casualties.” (We’ve already got a couple of documented dead instruments. Part of the process.) Comments on that post preferred, though some are having trouble with our spam filter. If that’s the case, just email me at peter (at) createdigitalmusic and I’ll get you sorted. Stay tuned for a full, formal round-up of all the entries coming soon.

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Let the Circuit-Bending Challenge begin!

It’s on! The Circuit-bending challenge is officially underway! A quick review of the guidelines: 1. Bicycle, walk, or swim to your nearest secondhand store. 2. Locate and purchase a cheap electronic noisemaking device. 3. Take it home and bend that thang! 4. Document the process and end result, then upload it to the internet in some fashion- Youtube, Flickr, etc, all with the tag “circuitchallenge.” (and createdigitalmusic, of course). Still images, audio, and video are all fair game. Bonus points for all 3. 5. Add a comment to this post with links to your entry. I will add them to …

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Share LA to Host Circuit Bending Challenge, Flickr Tag Ready

For a little inspiration, it’s Famea’s bent toy piano. Looks quite playable — nice. Los Angeles readers, Surya Buchwald aka Momo the Monster writes to let us know he’s taking on the Circuit Bending Challenge live and in person, with a workshop. So if you were feeling squeamish about the challenge and want some assistance, this good be a great opportunity. Please help spread the word, wonderful Californians! Join us for our Next Share.LA! October 28th is the Circuit Bending challenge, as posted on Create Digital Music. The challenge is to buy a lo-tech music toy, hack it and document …

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Warm-up exercises for the Circuit-Bending Challenge

For all of you who are considering participating in this weekend’s Circuit Bending Challenge, I thought I’d offer a few tips on getting started and some creative/low-budget ideas. Finding that special device What makes a device bendable? Two words: cheap construction. Most toy musical instruments are made very cheaply and operate on somewhat simple principles of synthesis/sampling. So what are the telltale signs of a bendable device? 1. Does it make a neat/terrible sound? Keep in mind- this object makes sounds, which you are going hear a whole lot as you modify. It helps if you enjoy the sounds to …

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Dare you accept the Circuit-Bending Challenge?!?

So I was having a little chat with the Circuit Master over at www.getlofi.com about how and why we both got into circuit bending. The number one reason, for me at least: tons of bend-able toys and devices can be found very cheaply at secondhand and thrift stores. Which brings us to this: The premise is simple: 1. Wait until October 28th with growing anticipation. 2. Bicycle, walk, or swim to your nearest secondhand store. 3. Locate and purchase a cheap electronic noisemaking device. 4. Take it home and bend that thang! 5. Document the process and end result, then …

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