Circuit Bending & DIY Electronics Workshops!
Expert benders, including but not limited to our installations artists, will be on-hand throughout the weekend to help you get started in this amazingly easy and fun process. For a hands on experience, check out the FREE Intro to Circuit Bending Workshop on the 25th. Below, you will also find special workshops and presentations offered by our artists in topics ranging from do-it-yourself printed circuit board construction, group performance practice, composition, and more! Reserve a seat today and register for these special events.


Friday 24th

12:00pm-2:00pm – ExiTrip with Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci (FREE)
12:00pm-04:00pm – Intro to Circuit Bending with Pete Edwards (FREE)
2:30pm-04:30pm – Ed Bear – DIY PCB Fabrication ($15)
04:00pm-06:00pm – Todd Michael Bailey – WTPA2 (FREE)

Saturday 25th

12:00pm-02:00pm – Ted Hayes – Neurohedron (FREE)
12:00pm-07:00pm – Hans Tammen – Third Eye Orchestra Workshop (FREE)
3:00pm-5:00pm –Dan Snazelle –SnazzyFX: Effects and Synth Module Design (FREE)

Introduction to Circuit Bending Workshop
Workshop by: Pete Edwards
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Circuit bending requires not formal technical training, but even still, it may be intimidating to approach electronics alone. Here to guide you through the wires and solder smoke to teach you the basics is expert circuit bender, artist, and electronics guru, Pete Edwards! In this total sensory immersive, hands-on workshop, you’ll dig right in and learn the basic theory of circuit bending, how to use the tools, what toys are good for bending, how to turn those toys into playable instruments, and where you can take your craft beyond the realm of the short circuit! All materials are provided (even keyboards to bend!). Feel free to bring your own tools (though label them clearly) and your own toy to bend if you have something totally rad you’d like to open up.

From Scratch: PCB Design Intensive
Workshop By: Ed Bear
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The Printed Circuit Board [PCB] is the tie that binds all modern electronics, the secret component on which the lifetime of a device depends. Never before has a the wealth of open source hardware designs made it easier or more appealing to learn the processes of PCB layout and fabrication. This class will start with a discussion of when not to use a PCB and end with a hands on crash course in modern PCB design tools, covering lots in between. Save money and brains and start creating circuits from scratch. It is recommended that each participant have their own laptop computer with an installation of the free program Eagle, which can be found here:

ExiTrip: Hacked FM Transmitters
Presentation by Ed Bear & Lea Bertucci
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ExiTrip is a project built around an obsolete iPod accessory which transmits music over the FM radio, the iTrip. As is, iTrip only functions with a single generation of iPod Nano, which is no longer manufactured. Available for $1 each on Ebay, the low price creates unprecedented distribution opportunities for a low power transmitter and encourages end-user experimentation. With the support of free103point9, We have hacked the iTrip to function without needing an iPod, vastly increasing its usefulness as a development platform for artists and designers. We are also creating and organizing open source tools to add wild amounts of functionality to the ExiTrip. How can we, as artists, thinkers, hackers and designers break the cycle of electronic waste that is perpetuated by planned obsolescence and bad design? See for more info.

Workshop (and performance) by: Hans Tammen (DE/US)
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THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA is looking for 10 – 15 performers—circuit bent instruments, laptops, analog synths, no-input mixers and other electronic instruments, etc.—to present a large multi-movement piece, thoroughly composed and purely improvised at the same time.

Workshop and performance will employ the techniques of Hans Tammen’s THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA concept, in which he works with a score that is rearranged every time it is performed, and which is adaptable to any instrumentation. These open-form compositions for large ensembles are based on numerous “building blocks” (called “units”) that are constantly rearranged when performed. The score is a graphical score, and does not require experience with traditional scores or instruments. The final performance is between 45 and 60 minutes long.

The workshop is basically to see what instruments the performers bring, what works best for the performance, and for the performers to understand how the score is used. The evening performance will see the conductor as a musician, using the orchestra as an instrument, while each circuit-bender or laptop performer shapes the music through virtuosic improvisation and the individual stylization of musical performance.

Third Eye Workshops have been presented in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and in the US.

Neurohedron (2009)
Presentation by: Ted Hayes (US)
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The Neurohedron is a novel music instrument and modal software controller that I conceived of as a nonlinear sequencer. The simplest traditional sequencers may employ eight steps that return to the first step after reaching the last step; in contrast, the Neurohedron is a three dimensional sequencer with twelve nodes arranged as a dodecahedron. With this structure, there is no clear or de facto path that the progression from one node to the next may take, unlike the linear and prescribed nature of a traditional sequencer. The result are broken, unpredictable drum patterns reminiscent of breakcore and glitchno.

WTPA2: The longass road to making hackable gear that doesn’t suck
Presentation by Todd Bailey (US)
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Three years ago I designed a spiritual successor to the Casio SK-1 for a lecture at Bent 2008. It was an 8-bit sampler with a whopping 2 seconds of sample time, and a single channel. The idea was that it showed that someone with a little motivation can make new instruments which are worthwhile in their own right and intentionally bendable. I think I made five boards.

Since then, “Where’s The Party At?” has been through at least 6 hardware revisions, countless firmware add ons, and has made a lot of music. It became a fully functional multichannel sampler, and a product instead of a pedagogical tool.

At Bent 2011 I will release the final version of this primma donna into the world, and give a lecture about a.) how kickass samplers work and how b.) a project like this goes through its throes as it develops. The design decisions, stupid mistakes, what features are cool, what parts are expensive, and how the bendability of a designed device matters.

Chaos and Messy Breadboards
Presentation by Dan Snazelle
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Dan’s talk will be covering his involvement with DIY electronics, experiments with electronic chaotic attractors, using science as inspiration for exploration, his work exposing people to complex sound generators, and thoughts on making a career in sound.