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TONIGHT - Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto @ DCTV

From: user 4.
Sent on: Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:18 AM
Hello ArtForward members,

Many thanks to everyone who has RSVP'd, YES and NO. I appreciate you all taking the time to let me know. I wanted to update you of tonight's logistics. For those of you who can make it, please be on time, I will sign you in, collect your money, hand you your tickets and walk in with you. I want to thank ArtForward member Erik Fabian again, for being the Bent Festival liaison. He was able to get us one signed copy of Reed Ghazala's book, "Circuit Bending". We will figure out who will be the lucky guest that will take it home.

Bent Festival at DCTV
87 Lafayette St & White Street (2 blocks south of Canal Street)
M: N,Q,R,W,6,J,M,Z to Canal Street

Cheap places to grab food around the area(disregard previous recommendations):
Marco Polo Noodle Shop (Chinese)- 94 Baxter Street b. White & Walker Street
Fay Da Bakery (Chinese) - 191 Center Street b. Canal & Hester Street
Nha Trang Pho Viet Huong (Vietnamese) - 73 Mulberry Street b. Bayard & Canal Street
Jaya (Malaysian) - 90 Baxter Street b. White & Canal Street

For those who cannot make it, I encourage you to check it out on your own. The festival will be taking place until Sunday. Here are further details on the event:

Each night is $10. A Festival Pass to all concerts is available for $25.
Tickets are available here:

Thursday, April 24:
6PM - Opening Reception
7PM - Concert #1
Furby Youth Choir, Loud Objects, Steak, Joo Youn Paek, Phil Stearns, Dr. Bleep

Friday, April 25:
6PM - Fundamentals of Synthesis Electronics with Todd Bailey
7PM - Concert #2
Carlos Antenna, Fran.x, Aimee Norwich, Rocket Parlour, Computer at Sea, EraSer, Emilie Mouchous and Erin Sexton, Dr. Rek, Roth Mobot (Distance Performance)

Saturday, April 26:
7PM - Concert #3
Gunung Sari, Speaker Synth, f4rm, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings, alias pail, Big A little a , Spunkytoofers, Burnkit 2600

Workshops all Saturday:
11AM - Intro Workshop with Clifford Bret
In the Madnoodler's introduction to circuit bending course, participants will learn the basics of circuit bending. Organizational skills and soldering will be demonstrated. Other skills to be developed include pin pointing bends and taking an ordinary keyboard and making it into
an opto theremin. Using variations of the "starmate" style keyboard, participants will be urged to explore with photo-resistors and alligator clips to find unique possibilities. After the fun of exploring these versatile keyboards, participants will stabilize and optimize their creation by heat shrinking the connections.

1PM - Sensors - op-amps, comparators, and digitally controlled switches with Phil Stearns
FOR EXPERIENCED ELECTRONIC TINKERERS an understanding of the electronics basics is a must though they will be rehashed briefly We will cover some basic types of analog sensors and look at how to interface them with circuit bending projects. The hands-on component will guide you through building a circuit that will allow sound and/or light to control bends.

1PM - Battery Powered Noise Generator with Jessica Rylan
Maybe you're interested in EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and want a good source of white noise. Maybe you're a nervous wreck and need something to drown the world out. Or maybe you feel the need to dance in from of a giant amp that's blasting harsh noise every once in
a while! If so, then this is the workshop for you. We'll build a simple noise generator using a handful of resistors, capacitors, and transistors. We'll also talk about the fundamentals of electric circuits, physical and mathematical approaches to noise, and historical perspectives on the electronics industry.

3PM - Intro to Video Bending with Ed Bear
The disappearing vocabulary of analog video is at once the signature of the 20th century and a powerful tool for recording, performance, and learning. A basic understanding of the video signal turns any television into an oscilloscope and all electronics into potential audio- visual instruments. The best way to learn is doing, and that is the focus of this class. Techniques of filtering and manipulating NTSC video signals will be demonstrated on working instruments
frankensteined from old equipment. All Ages.

3pm Antique Experimentation - Tubes, Coils and the Mystical DIY of the not-so-ancient with Lorin Edwin Parker
In this workshop we'll examine the topology of pre-transistor technology and how it informs modern DIY. The increasing miniaturization and diminishing cost of electronic parts has made
circuit hacking and building more accessible and affordable to most. However, are 1 cent parts and integrated circuits causing us to lose touch with the art of homemade coils, wooden breadboards and sheet metal and glass capacitors? If imprecise and unreliable components
brewed up from mu metal and copper wire truly impeded electronic progress in the 20s and 30s, how can one explain the emergence of the Theremin, The Ondes Martinot, The Trautonium and arguably the greatest of radio receivers? Why are these instruments, simple in their initial concept, so hard to reproduce faithfully today? We'll begin by looking at tube circuits and the use of commonly available vacuum tubes. How the hell does one get started with tubes? Why can't I fit them in a breadboard? Am I going to kill myself making a 300V
instrument? We'll cover all of this. We'll take a look at the original patents and figures of Theremin, Martenot and Trautwein. We'll also examine the socialogical spirit of invention in Post-War Europe and Depression America which led almost everyone with a screwdriver to
take up hacking (Grinding meat with a modified car, turning a vacuum into a lawnmower, etc...) Finally, we'll rethink the issue of control by rolling our own components to "feel" rather than specification. We'll examine homemade coils, inductors, transformers, capacitors and
resistors. Workshop participants will work collaboratively, modding and hacking on the aforementioned circuits. However, the amount of time required to construct these circuits is prohibitive of building tube instruments from scratch. However, tube based kits and instructions can be made available for sale, to be completed after the workshop.

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