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Circuit Bending

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I discovered circuit bending recently. I find it to be extremely awesome. My friends and I have been bending all sorts of stuff. To date

Casio SA-2

Casio KA-2

Doll that says the Lord's Prayer

Doll that sings 'Turning Japanese' by the Vapors

Doll that sings 'Wild Thing' by the Troggs?

Dinosaur drum machine

We also really fucked with the circuitry of a (gigantic) television (that we found dumpster diving at a CU sorority when school let out) and now the color scheme is really fucked up and flashes red green and blue yet still has a sharp image. But what's really awesome is that the static is fucking wacky and forms crazy spidery vortexes that shoot pulsating jiggly circles. Supa koo.ays

Anyways. Main point is that electronics can do some crazy things. For example, my casio that I bent, was able to create this.

Before: Fucking sweet. This website fucked up the sampling rate on this song. It sounds awesome.

"Despondancy of an Unimaginable Degree" - http://boomp3.com/m/9b89f3d025d1

I uploaded it again and it sounds right now (all I did was change the tags before?)

Same Song - http://boomp3.com/m/bc9b4f9079df

After: Two recorded tracks - Minimal audacity manipulation - 'drum tracks' use phaser/reverb, both use fade in/out

"A Taste of My Own Medicine" - http://boomp3.com/m/d05711ebe43b

"Horrifying Elektronik Cirkutry" - http://boomp3.com/m/e7d48b86d099

Here's the technique I used described by a website as looping

Looping

Most small keyboards comprise two chips. A digital chip which scans the keyboard, reads the buttons and does the synthesis, and an audio amplifier. A good technique for finding loops is to connect the audio output back to a control input on the digital chip. To find the audio output trace back from the speaker to an electrolytic capacitor which is connected to the audio amplifier. Connect a wire on the audio amplifier side of the capacitor. Try touching the other end of the wire to pins on the digital chip that are connected to the control buttons. You may need to play a key to get the loop started.

It's too simple. Anyways, don't criticize my music too much. I just pound on keys in front of a tape deck set to record for hours and wait for stuff to start sounding good, and clip out the good stuff. It's refined improv. Anyways, pix of my casio. I've got some question marks about identifying the stuff. The pink blurbs indicate places that I touch to make crazy (sexual) noises, but I don't know how to identify them. Anyone that can is awesome.

thevictim.jpg

thebend.jpg

Edit:

Music host went down

http://download.yousendit.com/A9CCC041537B2151 - "Taste og My Own Medicine"

http://download.yousendit.com/AB1370DE6BE1B238 - "Horrifying Elektronik Circuitry"

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that's really cool.

I've been meaning to experiment with that for a while, but never got around to looking for a suitable keyboard

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You could have fucking killed yourself with that TV.

On a side note I am going to find something to bend later.

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Picture quality is lacking, but what you have marked as controllers look like resistors to me (they probably have 4 colored bands on them to indicate their resistance..)

Cool doodles btw.. also maybe you can take a video of that TV, it sounds awesome. Or at least explain what you did in more detail.

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You could have fucking killed yourself with that TV.

Yeah, no kidding. The voltages inside a TV are in the thousands, and that can easily kill you. A capacitor could even kill you when it is unplugged. DONT FUCK AROUND WITH TVs!!!

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