Moog Announces First Circuit Bending Challenge

Moog Music has announced a new circuit bending contest:

Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog, who considered himself a geeky, socially awkward kid with a passion for electronics and music started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps and three note organs in his basement workshop with his father & the rest is history. In celebration of this creative curiosity, Moog and Moogfest 2010 are sponsoring a circuit bending challenge, to honor all those that lick and stick, modify signals and jump traces.

Finalists get a free pass to Moogfest. Grand prize is a pedalboard of Moogerfoogers. Contest details below.

Note: Entries are due by midnight, Eastern time, on Monday October 18th, 2010.

How to Enter:

  1. Procure a battery-powered sound-making device
  2. Bend it by any means necessary.
  3. Document the bend process and outcome with video with audio (required). The better you document, the better we can judge. All videos must be uploaded by midnight eastern time on Monday October 18th, 2010.
  4. Upload the video to YouTube and tag with “moog circuit bending competition 2010” and “Moogfest 2010”.
  5. Send an email with the subject Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2010 to [email protected] with the YouTube links to your entry.


The top 3 contestants will be chosen as finalists on Friday, October 22, 2010 and win weekend passes to Moogfest 2010 as well as a Moog merch package. At Moogfest the 3 finalists will be given a workstation in the Moogaplex, the same toy and the same bag of tools (which includes a soldering iron, wire, switches, potentiometers of varying degrees, resistors, capacitors, heat shrink, bread boards, diodes, plus more surprises). Each finalist will have from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 to bend the toy at their workstations. Grand prize winner will be chosen by a Moog Music Engineer at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.

Grand Prize:

Grand Prize winner receives a Moog Pedal Board which includes one of each Moogerfooger (MF-101 Low Pass Filter, MF-102 Ring Mod, MF-103 Phaser, MF-104Z Analog Delay, MF-105M Midi MuRF, MF-107 ) and a Multi-Pedal (MP-201).

Image: by Rubin 110

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