New Soft Synth, bent.fm, Based On Classic Circuit Bending Concepts

bent.ipadDeveloper Mayank Sanganeria has released bent.fm – a full FM model of a circuit-bent synthesizer.

bent.fm allows the user to tweak classic circuit bending modifications like fine and octave-decimated clock bends, and experiment with more esoteric bends.

Sanganeria says that bent.fm is ‘for anyone interested in circuit bending, glitch sounds, industrial music, and post-procedural art.’ Continue reading

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