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Old 10-13-2007, 08:06 PM   #1   Add To Ignore List  
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I figure I have one of these (in some form or another) in most communities I belong to, so here's on.

What some of you may (and most of you probablay don't) know about me is that I love breaking things. For about a year and a half I've been taking apart electronics, hooking them up in unintended ways and hearing what comes from it. The best example I can think of is when I re-wired an AT+T telephone from the late 80's for use as a strange audio effect... thing. Runs on a 9volt batter and goes 'eeeeh'.

Anyhow, here's a few images of the things I've done and links to audio examples of each. There may, or may not be, more information on them at my website - which is in my siggy.

My first bend, the first 'Animal Band Keyboard'
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/animalkeys/animalkeys.gif
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Kawasaki Keyboard ('Green Machine')
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/kawasaki/kawasaki.gif
mp3

'Tigger Squarepants'
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/tiggersquarepants/tiggersquarepants.gif
mp3

'Sally - the Headless Cheerleader'
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/cheerleader/cheerleader.gif
mp3

vTech Alphabet Tree ('Demon Tree')
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/alphabettree/alphabettree.gif
mp3

The Hell'o'Phone (playing my gameboy, yay)
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/hellophone/hellophone.gif
mp3


'The Animal Dead Keyboard' (2nd time, yay!)
http://www.signalflowonline.com/bends/animalkeytwo/animalkeytwo.gif
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:35 PM   #2   Add To Ignore List  
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Wow, awesome stuff! I checked out your portfolio website a few months ago and checked some of the circuit bends you did back then. I love the Hell'O'Phone mp3 file, just plain friggin' awesome. The Tigger Squarepants one was pretty cool as well. I'm a little confused to what circuit bending is. Do you just **** with the electronic circuits, in the process creating some of these crazy sound effects? If so, that's pretty sweet. I've always enjoyed taking electronics apart and messing around with them, but this definitely takes that to the next level. Awesome work!
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:09 PM   #3   Add To Ignore List  
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I'm a little confused to what circuit bending is. Do you just **** with the electronic circuits, in the process creating some of these crazy sound effects? If so, that's pretty sweet. I've always enjoyed taking electronics apart and messing around with them, but this definitely takes that to the next level. Awesome work!
Circuit Bending is exactly your first assumption.

You take things apart, poke around in them, see what you like and find a good way to put it to use. A lot of time is spent with a set of test leads and trying out different paths of current and resistance.

If you're lucky, something worth keeping comes out of it. Most of the time you're apt to get clicks and meh. But those magical moments of 'holy shit, did I do that?' are awesome.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:03 AM   #4   Add To Ignore List  
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Circuit Bending
CIRCUIT BENDING 4EVAR DUDE!!!!
It's awesome! I've done a lot of it too! And I have a huge collection of such stuff.
Keep up the glitch man, those sounds are cool!

Btw have you seen those videos?
YouTube Video: Ninbento

YouTube Video: Circuit bending marching band
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:26 PM   #5   Add To Ignore List  
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Hell 'O Phone Rules!!
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:21 PM   #6   Add To Ignore List  
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I've seen the Marching Band, and I'm really ... ugh. Against them. Look, I love bending - but it's not a challenge to just play random bits of noise. That takes as much skill as getting a guitar and plucking random strings. Most of what everyone is doing in the marching band is just masturbation for the sake of 'hey, look - we can do this.'

Anyone can do that. I prefer the idea of using odd noises in new contexts. Like - classical music featuring bent intruments would be great. Unfortunately, I haven't heard a good example of it because I think too many people put the instruments -before- the music and it ends up being all show and no meat.

But if you have any heads-up on any good acts, I'd be more than happy to check them out.
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Ah so that's what you have been up to ey? XD Hehehe pretty cool Os! Some of the sounds are pretty freaky when you go haywire on the pitch but there are some sweet effects . Plus, they look badass
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Like - classical music featuring bent intruments would be great.
Yeah, like something you've heard in Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett by Venetian Snares. He had classical music mixed with IDMish stuff.

As for serious using bent instruments for producing sounds... You see, sometimes it's just too pleasant to do circuit bending by your own hands so you feel happy enough when you just made the thing to sound broken, without any melody. And when you listen to results of other people doing it, you don't feel very interested in it.
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This isn't at all beepy related, and I'm going to post about it on Off-Topic to hit as many nerds as I can, but here we go.

A little over a year ago I met up with the writer and producer of the Fear of Girls video just as I was finishing an internship in live sound at a local theatre. He asked if I'd like to volunteer for the Live Sound position for the sequel, and I jumped on it. Over a weekend we spent time (for the most part) in a dungeon built beneath a garage that was lined with hand-painted and cut styrofoam rocks and thousands of Dungeons and Dragons minatures. The actors and staff were terrific and the owner of the property actually cooked us a fantastic meal of personally caught fish and beer for our last night.

Long story short, Disney helped fund the sequel and we signed and exclusivity contract with them but that contract expired at the end of October. The trailer for the sequel is on YouTube and the short film is soon to follow.

Click here for the trailer.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:29 AM   #10   Add To Ignore List  
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*bump*

Fear of Girls 2 is now on YouTube.com.


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