Circuit Bending Intensive
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST)
Circuitbending is the art of modifying toys, electronic instruments, synthesizers and effects pedals to manipulate their audio output. By attacking certain exploits, you can get things to make some truly crazy sounds.
The basics are simple, and with this class you will be finding exploits in nearly every toy you pick up. However, with this class you'll learn how to not only exploit the device, but to then modify it into a performance level instrument.
The class will be broken up into three weeks, and you will be learning through the process of actually bending devices. By the end of the class, you will have bent at least three devices (possibly more if time permits). You will also have a tool kit to bring home, with enough parts to continue exploring for some time.
You will learn the basics of circuitbending in this session, completing a bent toy by the end of class. By exploring this toy, you will learn safe best practices. You will also learn principles of electronics, i.e. why the things you are doing are having the effects they are on the toy. Controls design will be a focus, as you will be limited by space, so you'll have to make sure you can fit what you want inside.
You will learn how to find quality devices to circuitbend, as well as what to look for in devices you find. You will learn about more advanced circuitbending techniques, and how to incorporate additional electronics for looping and midi control, as well as making sure your output is line leveled (so you don't blow out your nice audio equipement). You will learn this by circuitbending a more advanced toy, and breaking out some of these additional controls. You will be sent away with the task of finding your third week project.
You will circuitbend a device of your own choosing (some advanced toys will be available), using the skills and tools you have become familiar with. You will have full access to all the tools and parts needed to create a performance level piece. A focus will be placed on finishing and casing techniques, as well as creating lasting electrical connections.
None other than a high tolerance for crazy electronic sounds.
Students will be required to find and purchase an object/toy/instrument or other item to be their final project, and there is a $30 materials fee, payable to the instructor at the first class.
Jimmie Rodgers has been circuitbending since 2007. He's given talks at various hacker conferences about circuitbend, and has taught hundreds how to do it. His bent instruments have lasted through years of abuse on the road, and from giving performances. He has also performed with a number of musicians with his creations. He was recently 'Hacker in Residence' at Bejing University.
Session 1: Tuesday, February 11, 7PM - 10PM
Session 2: Tuesday, February 18, 7PM - 10PM
Session 3: Tuesday, February 25, 7PM - 10PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form:
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.