February 10, 2008

Bend like Gumby...

by Chris Randall

For those of you not lucky enough to live in Oregon, OPB (the single best public television station outside of Boston) thoughtfully puts most of their productions on their website eventually. The show "Oregon Artbeat" recently did a piece on circuit bending, of all things, and the episode is on their site here. I have to admit that it is slightly creepy to see a piece on circuit bending with such ludicrously high production value, as videos about same tend to use solar effects and be camera phone footage in poorly lit basements.

It kind of makes the whole scene seem somewhat more friendly and less subtly crazy. God, I love this state. I think that we should add circuit bending to the Grindhouse genre somehow. (Even though I live here, the decidedly Chicago-centric GetLofi circuit-bending blog tipped me to this, so props where props are due.)




Feb.10.2008 @ 2:38 PM
yes! i saw billy play the other day at Rotture. his instruments are something else. the toys he bends are one thing but the hardware synths are another entirely. he's been at it for a long time. i wish they'd put the whole unedited video up there because he gets into explanations of gear that he's done and they edited it all out.

Feb.10.2008 @ 6:17 PM
In light of your previous post, I don't mean to be negative but that was kind of creepy. I like the glitch and all, but I thought it was done by 10 year old boys not passionate adults...

It reminds me of The Fear of Girls:
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Feb.10.2008 @ 6:52 PM
many circuit bending types go on to make hardware synths/modules etc. like the livewire/plan B etc. people have modified instruments for a long time w/great results.

Feb.10.2008 @ 7:29 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, there's no denying that circuit bending is a gateway drug to building your own Eurorack-format modules.



Feb.10.2008 @ 10:25 PM
I met this dude when he used to live in Portland, but he's in Baltimore now.

link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]">link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]

His instruments are really crazy. you can use anything conductive, including your hands, to connect the contact points on the top of the instruments.

This one is especially crazy:
link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]">link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]

A friend of mine has one, and I'm planning to get one myself

Essentially, IIRC, it has two delay lines/sample thingies and 8 oscillators. All the posts on the sides allow you to circuit bend the oscs, and each osc can be switched to low or high frequency. The oscs come out of the posts in the middle, and the freqs are controlled by the knobs in the middle. The little bits down below basically mix two or more oscs by switching between them at an adjustable frequency. The two pyramids are the samplers. It has two audio inputs and two outputs. (you can use mics, lines, or just touch them to one of the posts on the top to sample the output of the osc at that place on the circuit.) The samplers, can, among other things that I don't remember, play the samples back at any speed forwards or backwards, and have said speed modulated, even across the zero line, by the oscs.


Feb.11.2008 @ 12:18 AM
Here's a new one that I hadn't seen before. Very photogenic.

link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]">link [www.ciat-lonbarde.ne...]




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