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Circuit Bending: Making Music By Rewiring Toys and Devices

with J. Anthony Allen

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  •   01 Introduction

    04:44

Class duration: 1h 50m

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About The Class

Circuit Bending is one of the most desired and protected skills of sound designers worldwide. Learn the secrets here.


 In this class, we'll talk about what Circuit Bending is, and how it works. We will get physical and actually bend an old keyboard, going through the process step-by-step. In the end, we will have a cool new keyboard capable of brand new sounds. We'll even make a track with it.

In this class we will hit the road, going to some thrift shops to look for bendable instruments. We'll do some time-lapse videos of taking things apart (complete with Benny Hill), and we will melt down some Spongebob Squarepants. Join this supremely weird class to see how it all unfolds.  


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    04:44
  2. 02

    What is Circuit Bending?

    07:32
  3. 03

    What is Bendable?

    04:48
  4. 04

    Tools You Will Need

    03:26
  5. 05

    Tips on Finding Toys and Bendable Things: Lets Go Shopping!

    11:02
  6. 06

    Safety: Batteries Only!

    04:15
  7. 07

    Safety Gear: Glasses and Shoes

    03:28
  8. 08

    Opening Up Your Device

    05:05
  9. 09

    Make a Jumper

    02:17
  10. 10

    Making First Connections

    10:48
  11. 11

    Circuit Mapping and Notation

    07:59
  12. 12

    Types of Knobs and Switches

    06:12
  13. 13

    Soldering Tips

    04:27
  14. 14

    Connecting Wires to the Board

    06:24
  15. 15

    Mounting Switches

    08:03
  16. 16

    Connecting Switches

    10:30
  17. 17

    Switch Details

    01:30
  18. 18

    Closing it Up

    02:25
  19. 19

    Some Music Made From My New Bent Keyboard

    02:18
  20. 20

    Thanks and Bye!

    03:07

Meet Your Expert

J. Anthony Allen

Dr. J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. ... read more

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25% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2017

    Bummer to see a course I'd been so excited about turn out to be so anticlimactic and surprisingly short. Perhaps if the walkthrough included more than one toy, or was at LEAST a toy with which the instructor was familiar, I'd be more inclined to recommend this to other people. Do not pay for this course, you might as well watch a couple hours' worth of YouTube videos instead.

  • Karolina Kaminska

    Karolina Kaminska

    February 2018

    I am a complete beginner to this topic and I enjoyed watching the free live stream of this course. It taught me enough to get started with some ideas, although I anticipate I'll have to follow up with other YouTube videos to ensure I understand enough for different kinds of toys and techniques. Thanks!

  • Shay Atkinson

    March 2017

    Course was okay. I was disappointed there wasn't more. I had a fairly good grasp of concept coming in and the class wasn't what I expected. Informative, yes, but very basic. Disagree with some of the methods prescribed and instructors inexperience with explaining bending. A cleaner video would help this class considerably.

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