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NMR Commission: “WWW-Enabled Noise Toy” by Loud Objects

noisetoy_300.jpgWWW-Enabled Noise Toy by Loud Objects (with funds from the Jerome Foundation) [Needs Firefox browser]:

Loud Objects, NYC-based circuit sorcerers, present a wacky way to learn hardware audio programming. The WWW-Enabled Noise Toy invites anyone with a web browser to write their own audio code, program it remotely onto a Noise Toy, and play it live via webcam. In the spirit of “try it yourself” software demos, the website provides a simple environment for experimenting with low-level microchip-generated audio. Load code from the Loud Objects’ own library of performance algorithms, hone your own noise techniques, and add your work to the online archive to share it with other microchip coders and create an open source noise community. Continue reading


Mar 6, 2011
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He Invented Circuit Bending

Thanks to Motherboard: Sound Builders: In 1967, This Guy Invented Circuit Bending::

“Anything Can Happen”

In this episode of Sound Builders, we travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to meet with Reed Ghazala, the founder and father of circuit bending. Reed takes us into his workshop where we get a glimpse into his world of circuit bending, exploring the history and evolution of this art. Reed bends our minds by walking us through the struggles and triumphs he endured while establishing the art of circuit bending. Continue reading


Jun 21, 2010
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Live Stage: Circuit Bending Mass Appeal [us NYC]

circuitbending.jpgATTENTION CIRCUIT BENDERS! The 2010 Make Music New York festival needs you to perform in the Circuit Bending Mass Appeal concert! :: June 21, 2010; 6:00 pm :: Gansevoort and 9th Avenue, New York City.

Circuit benders of all experience and skill levels are invited to take part in the Make Music New York Circuit Bending Mass Appeal concert. The concert will consist of a 30 minute interpretive chance-determined composition written by local artist, Phillip Stearns. Audience members will throw dice corresponding to groupings of performers and a simple graphic to be interpreted musically by that group. Performers are asked to meet at the stage area no later than 5:30 pm to receive score interpretation instructions and to help with setup. Performers are also asked to provide their own amplification, cables, and microphones where possible. Continue reading


Jun 13, 2010
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Circuit Bending Workshop [no Bergen]

pixel.jpgCircuit Bending Workshop with Audun Eriksen:: March 22-26, 2010; 6:00 – 11:00 pm :: PikselHut, Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen :: Registration: info [at] piksel.no

Piksel has invited sound artist and instrument maker, Audun Eriksen to host a circuit bending workshop in Bergen. The 5 day workshop aims to give the participants the opportunity of learning how to short-circuit existing audio toys and instruments to reveal new soundscapes.

No previous experience within electronics needed. No need to fully understand how it works. If it sounds good and doesn’t smell burnt, it’s ok. Almost anything goes — a vital part of CB is trial and error. More here.


Mar 2, 2010
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Live Stage: Bent Festival 2010 [NYC, NY]

bent.jpg Bent Festival :: at The Tank, 45th Street Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen, 354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th., New York, NY :: April 22-24, 2010 ::

The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Each year they invite artists from across the country and around the globe to perform music with their home-made or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, create beautiful art installations and to generally come together, face to face, and showcase the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture. Continue reading


Feb 25, 2010
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Live Stage: Freex 2 Geexs V [us Boston, MA]

s_f13b5d787f8435e4c548db79d48d4371.jpgSonic Arts @ GASP proudly presents Freex 2 Geexs V :: December 11, 2009; 9:00 pm :: Gasp at 362-4 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445 :: 617.418.4308 | galleryinfo [at] g-a-s-p.net :: $10 suggested donation, $6 with a student ID.

Live interactive visuals and circuit bent sound alterations by wizards of the Electronic Production and Design department of Berklee College of Music: Neil Leonard, Jason Adams, Evan Sutton, Joel Darling, Ricardo Kondo, Jin Ku Kim, Seiya Matsumiya, Michael Korch, Nicolas Marinelarena

GASP is one block from the Brookline Hills stop on the MBTA ‘D’ Riverside line. Directions/Info: here.


Dec 5, 2009
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Artist Development Weekends [uk Bracknell]

found-sound180.jpg Digital Developments, artist development weekends, will begin at the Digital Media Centre, South Hill Park, Bracknell at the end of October. The season runs from “Found Sound Stories” led by sound artist and composer, Janek Schaefer, through “Using Sensors for Performance & Installation”, “Experimental Digital Printmaking”, and ends with “Circuit Bending: Atari Punk Console” at the end of November.

24/25 October :: Found Sound Stories :: Janek Schaefer, award winning composer and sound artist, introduces a weekend of field recording, performance and the physical manipulation of found sounds using an array of recording devices, turntables and Minidisc. A laptop-free zone in which to record and imagine an active audio narrative, leading to improvised performance. Results of the weekend will be recorded and may become part of a broadcast on Resonance FM. Continue reading


Sep 28, 2009
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Live Stage: Freek2Geeks IV [us Boston, MA]

gasp.jpgSonic Arts @ GASP proudly presents: Freek2Geeks IV (Transatlantic Edition) :: July 11, 2009; 8:00 pm :: GASP Gallery, 362-4 Boylston St., Brookline, MA.

Beat de-constructions, circuit bent sound alterations and algorithmically generated video by wizards of the Music Synthesis Department at Berklee College of Music. Plus Neil Leonard/David Clark Duo. In collaboration with BEE Records.

Works by: Pierce Warnecke, David Clark, Edward Loveall, Aaron Cherof, Andrew Johanson, and Neil Leonard

PIERCE WARNECKE is a musician, programmer and visual artist whose focus is split between interrelated media (work) and electronic music and video (play). He works as a multimedia programmer, creating unique solutions for interactive mulitmedia installations. Continue reading


Jul 10, 2009
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Transitio_MX 03 Competition [mx Coyoacán]

transitio.jpgTransitio_MX 03: International Media Art and Video Festival :: Centro Nacional de las Artes, Centro Multimedia, Avenida Río Churubusco 79, Colonia Country Club, C. P. 04220, Coyoacán, México, D. F. :: Call for Proposals — Deadline: June 19, 2009.

“The third edition of the Electronic Art and Video Festival, Transitio_MX 03 attempts to acknowledge differences in a transparent and straightforward context. We aim to offer an event that is representative of current trends in new media art and video, and to show how artists use that technology in their creative pursuits.

While global space eliminates the geographical locations wherein these proposals take place by homogenizing them; technological appropriation is seen as a disagreement, and as such, artistic practices emerge as autonomous. Continue reading


May 22, 2009
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The Loud Objects

loud4.jpgThe Loud Objects have set the standard for performative live circuit bending. Wielding soldering irons and a ramshackle overhead projector, the New York City-based trio (composer Tristan Perich, programmer Kunal Gupta, and architect Katie Shima) wire up live musical circuits in pursuit of lo-fi electronic noise.

During the opening minutes of their performance, The Loud Objects are surrounded by a bleak silence as they swiftly assemble an initial circuit, their activities starkly projected from their OHP work-surface. Gradually, as more components are added, Perich, Gupta and Shima gradually hack microchips into a swarm of percussive 1-bit noise. Continue reading


Feb 3, 2009
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