Moogfest 2014 Circuit Bending Challenge

Here’s a video overview of the Moogfest 2014 Circuit Bending Challenge, via bboytechreport.

This year’s circuit bending contest challenged entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds, with a total budget of $70 or less. Prizes included a Moog Sub Phatty, a Moog Slim Phatty, a Moog Minitaur and passes to Moogfest 2014.  Continue reading

Moogfest / Moog Music Circuit-Bending Challenge: Batteries Required

speak-and-spellMoogfest and Moog Music have announced the fourth annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge, in conjunction with Moogfest 2014.

For this year’s circuit bending contest, entrants are challenged to take a battery-powered device and modify (“circuit bend”) it into a winning instrument capable of creating “new and unique” sounds — for a total budget of $70 or less.

Speaking of winners, here’s the lineup of prizes for the circuit-bending contest: Continue reading

Bruce Haack On Mr Rogers Neighborhood, Blowing Children’s Minds

Pioneering electronic musician Bruce Haack visited Mr Rogers Neighborhood on May 22, 1968, blowing minds of children everywhere.

Watch closely, and you’ll see that Haack demonstrates a wide range of electronic music techniques that a lot of musicians would consider experimental today, close to 50 years later. Haack’s techniques included circuit bending, found instruments, experimental instrument interfaces, skin conductance music controllers, gestural controllers and more.  Continue reading

3rd Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge Features The Moog Google Doodle

Moog Music has announced the 3rd Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge, to be held at Moogfest 2012:

Wake up, Benders, Modders, and Hardware Hackers; it’s time for the third annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge!

This year, we were so inspired by Google’s amazing tribute to Bob Moog with the groundbreaking Moog Doodle, we’ve decided to incorporate it into the festivities.

Here’s what you need to know: This year’s contest is to create a circuit bent sampler. Film your bend process and a musical performance with your final creation. The device you bend does not have to originally be a sampler, it just needs to be able to sample external sounds after the bends and mods have been put in place & it must be able to take samples on the fly with no computer interface needed. Also, the sampler must be solely populated with sounds from Google’s amazing Moog Doodle.

Details are available at the Moog site.

KOELSE Documentary – Making Music From Junk

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KOELSE is a documentary is about four young men, who form a group called Association of Experimental Electronics (KOELSE). They gather electronic devices that others throw away and build musical instruments and art installations from this “waste”:

Their opinion of music, fun and the culture of consuming differs from the masses. What others see as a worthless piece of junk is valuable technology for them. Their whole idea is based on the idea of reusing this garbage.

KOELSE is not really a band, it´s also not really an art community. It´s more like a way of life that relies on working together and using the old technology again.

According to the group, their opinion of music, fun and the culture of consuming differs from the masses. What others see as a worthless piece of junk is valuable technology for them. Their whole idea is based on the idea of reusing this ‘garbage’.

via MirlitronOne

Awesome Oscillographic Synthesizer, de/Rastra, Made From Old TV

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Here’s another cool project from Kyle Evans, creator of the electroacoustic didgeridoo.

The de/Rastra oscillographic synthesizer is a real-time audio/video instrument and computer-interfacing device that lets you generate visualizations intrinsic to cathode ray tube technology while simultaneously creating the acoustic analog of the displayed imagery.

Here’s what Evans has to say about the de/Rastra oscillographic synthesizer:

Through hacking and exploiting the capabilities intrinsic to all CRT devices, the technology becomes repurposed as a performative interface, breaking down the device’s ‘consumption only’ nature. The performer is given control over the technology by removing it from the intended application and forcing it into an active state through a combination of physical and mental effort.

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