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Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments

Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments

Reed Ghazala

ISBN: 978-0-764-58887-7

Aug 2005

450 pages

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Description

  • Fans will get bent out of shape if they miss the first book to cover circuit-bending-"bending," for short-the method by which an electronic toy or a device such as a keyboard is short-circuited and modified to create an entirely different sound
  • Written by the inventor of the technology, this book covers the tools of the trade, shows how to build a bending workshop, and reveals secrets that will have readers of all levels making sweet music in no time
  • Readers learn basic bends, body contacts, and other bending skills, as well as ways to create bent instruments from a variety of popular toys and electronic devices
  • Features some of the author's own unique creations
Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Exploring Circuit-Bending Today.

Chapter 1: Bending the Headspace of Electronic Design.

Chapter 2: Circuit-Bending’s New Instrumentarium.

Chapter 3: Considering a New Music.

Chapter 4: Bending for Business.

Part II: Building Your Circuit-Bending Workshop.

Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 6: Your Electronic Parts Supply.

Chapter 7: The Well-Behaved Workspace.

Part III: Dr. Frankenstein, May We Proceed?

Chapter 8: Soldering Your Way to Nirvana.

Chapter 9: Designing Your Personal Alien Orchestra.

Chapter 10: Building the Bent Instrument.

Chapter 11: Bending Beyond the Basics.

Chapter 12: Finishing Techniques.

Part IV: Eighteen Projects for Creating Your Own Alien Orchestra.

Chapter 13: The Instrumentarium: An Overview.

Chapter 14: Project 1: Original Pushbutton Speak & Spell Incantor.

Chapter 15: Project 2: Common Speak & Spell Incantor.

Chapter 16: Project 3: Speak & Read Incantor.

Chapter 17: Project 4: Speak & Math Incantor.

Chapter 18: Project 5: The Casio SA-2 Aleatron.

Chapter 19: Project 6: The Casio SA-5 Aleatron.

Chapter 20: Project 7: The Realistic Concertmate 380 Aleatron.

Chapter 21: Project 8: The Casio SK-60 Aleatron.

Chapter 22: Project 9: Casio MT-140 Aleatron.

Chapter 23: Project 10: Casio SK-1 Aleatron.

Chapter 24: Project 11: Mall Madness.

Chapter 25: Project 12: The Inverter.

Chapter 26: Project 13: Electronic Rap Pad.

Chapter 27: Project 14: Bent Book Strip.

Chapter 28: Project 15: Cool Keys Bent Music Stick.

Chapter 29: Project 16: Fisher Price Electronic Womb.

Chapter 30: Project 17: The Harmonic Window.

Chapter 31: Project 18: Hyper Sax.

Closing Words.

Appendix A: One Dozen of the Best Generic Bends.

Appendix B: Benders’ Resources.

Appendix C: Common Electronic Components and Their Schematic Symbols.

Index.

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