The 2011 Bent Festival will be held at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn, June 23rd – 25th. Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Each year we invite artists from across the country and around the globe to perform music with their home-made or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, create beautiful art installations and to generally come together, face to face, and showcase the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture.
Featuring the work of some chip artists: Rosa Menkman, Jeff Donaldson, Burnkit 2600, Gijs Gieskes and Loud Objects.
Twitter: @bentfestival (#bent11)
Facebook: Bent Festival Facebook
Photo stream on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentfestival2011/
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I got to meet Austin, Jeff and Zach last week. These three guys are a band, but also make their own contact microphones. They are currently traveling across the country playing shows and showing people how to make their contact microphones.
The music they make is a mix of acid rock and circuit bending, the end product is something that’s mind blowing. The video highlights what I can’t explain here, because they understand it much better than I do.
Not much info and background on this one but if you’re keen on cicuit bent stuff then have fun – English & Chinese Speaking Animals Apple
Switched mono mini jack output
On/Off Toggle Switch
Pitch Up/Down Control
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This instrument was made by me for the local Winnipeg band DRugs. I really like this one. Glitchy, noisy, and fun. The craziness increases ten fold if you plug it into effects. This video was recorded with no effects, just the straight signal from Baby. The “Deprive” knob really helps sculpt the sound. There are three audio rate oscillators and one clock rate that controls the “Shake” feature. It was a complicated task to get everything inside the baby head. It is now sealed shut, so if anything goes wrong…….surgery. My next baby will have a CV in, babies like that. I did not realize there are others who use baby heads for projects……..cool.
First demo of my Circuit Bent Coleco Talking Teacher showing some of the sounds and mods available.
Continuing the space theme from previous post
The Vader voice changer was something that I’d started years ago but due to my inexperience, I ballsed it up. Now it’s all freshly spanked and fully awesome.
The unit contains 3 Vader samples:
‘What is your bidding, my master?’
and his asthmatic wheeze.
Also there’s the voice changing aspect.
It’s a bit weird, it does a pitch shift down, but not a full octave, with some slight modulation. It’s gritty and dirty and guaranteed to lead you down the path to the Darkside.
The mods are a bit limited. I’ve added a pitch dial for the samples, which when cranked high will result in a some glitching (although it wouldn’t do it for me when I shot the video) and an overdrive dial that affects both the sample and voice effects. There’s also a line in for the changer and a line-out for amplification, the speaker is still intact for on the fly sonic Sith noise terrorism and there’s 3 LEDs for added ambience.
Inside the mood cube is a circuit from an echo microphone toy. It makes some lovely lofi delays. I obviously bent the crap out of it. I had to really.
Here’s the things that the bits do:
Overdrive w/ on-off switch.
Echo on-off switch.
Red power LED
Mood Cube intensity.
Mood Cube rate.
all that and a 9v battery box fitted into the underside of the cube.
I’m using my baby doll crap-o-matic for the first half and then my Casio SK-1 for the latter portion of the vid.
I just bent this Roland TR-505 with a 55 point patchbay for some really weird sound modulations and sequencer glitches, a pitch knob, distortion and feedback distortion.
Right know I am building a new case for this to make it look a little better
If you’re interested in this, feel free to contact me. I’m planning to use this as a prototype and build a few more of it.
More info here:
Circuit bent record player. Replaced the needle catridge with an LDR controlled 555 oscillator and plays records retrofitted with LEDs to work as a vactrol-like sequencer.
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