Circuit Bending Music Hack Workshop

Circuit bending is an experimental and creative way to modify audio electronics and discover unique and unusual sounds and functions within the original piece of equipment.

In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the basic techniques of circuit bending using an Atari Punk Console noise maker that has already been assembled. Here is more information about the Atari Punk Console circuit. Some experience working with electronics will help you in this workshop, but is not necessary.

The workshop will include the background of Circuit Bending and Theory, live demonstrations (including using a modular synthesizer to make – and break – connections), instruction, and time to create your own circuit bent Atari Punk Console noise maker! Here is the class syllabus.

The lesson will cover the following:
• What is Circuit Bending?
• Identifying the basic layout and components of most electrical circuits.
• Which electronics or circuits make good circuit bending projects and why.
• Typical circuit modifications and how to implement them.
• How to do Circuit Bending safely.
• Proper soldering practice.
• Tools needed & how to use them
• The materials needed & where to get them

Here are a few examples from our instructor of different electronics as they sound once they are hacked:
Circuit Bent Casio CK10
Circuit Bent Speak and Spell
Circuit Bent Analog Drum Toy

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BIO: David Talento is an experimental musician and artist who has been recording and performing live for over 25 years. His discography ranges from ambient music to power electro-noise, industrial blues, hand held and 8bit performances, and more. He is the founder of which offers original circuit bent and re-purposed electronics and frequently blogs on sound, noise, and musical inspiration.

Age 13+. Class may be cancelled or postponed based on ticket sales. The Hacktory does not offer refunds for class tickets due to our volunteer structure. In the event of a class cancellation or postponement, we will issue credit toward future classes and events with The Hacktory.

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