Reader Jonathan Wise has been experimenting with the Korg Monotron Delay, using nearly-dead batteries and ‘circuit-starving’ the device to see if it would create interesting sounds. The YouTube embeds above capture the result of his experiments.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
You can get some weird sounds by using batteries that are nearly or going flat. The sound of the monotron changes quite a bit as the batteries loose charge.
Additionally , I recorded the results into Guitar Rig, creating a dry version and a wet version through guitar rig’s ring modulator, transposer and reflektor reverb.
‘Circuit-starving’ is a less destructive way than circuit-bending to explore the unanticipated audio possibilities of existing circuits. If you’ve tried this with other devices, leave a comment and let us know!