Circuit Bending Workshop at Discovery World (Milwaukee, WI)
Circuit Bending is the art of rewiring and short-circuiting a device to create entirely new sonic possibilities. In a DIY interactive lab environment, learn the basics of electronics by reverse engineering old toys such as the Speak and Spell and other gadgets. Bring an old toy or instrument (check your local thrift store for anything with buttons and a speaker). Then dismantle, adding switches and knobs to create new from the old; this is electronics recycling at its finest.
We will be offering two classes in September in October:
1: Intro to Circuit Bending
Wednesday | Sept 23 | 6:30 - 9pm
$25 Members & MIAD students | $35 Non-Members
In this interactive crash course we'll cover the equipment, tools, and techniques needed to start you on your own bending adventure.
2: Circuit Bending Workshop
Wednesday | Two-Part Series - Sept 30 & Oct 7 | 6:30-9pm
$55 Members & MIAD students | $65 Non-Members
In a comprehensive two-part series, participants explore the process of turning toys into noise instruments. We'll cover everything from basic bending and probing techniques to creating noise instruments with knobs, body contacts, photo sensors, and amplifier outputs.
CALL (414) 765-8625 FOR RESERVATIONS.
Workshops will be held in Discovery World's Electronic Lab, with a maximum class size of 15. What you need to bring: Something to bend- basically anything with buttons and a speaker that runs on batteries (old toys like the Speak and Math and Furby, older Casio keyboards are very bend friendly, guitar effects pedals can be drastically altered), and fresh batteries for your device. Due to the nature of circuit bending there is a high probability of damaging a device beyond repair. If it is valuable to you, don't take it apart!
Equipment and beverages (beer for 21+) will be provided, as well as a limited number of toys to bend. Feel free to reply to this post if you have any questions, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org