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Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments (ExtremeTech)

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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

"We send probes into deep space to listen to alien worlds. But alien worlds aren't always that far away."
—Reed Ghazala

Alien music could be inside that old Speak & Spell at your neighbor's yard sale. Circuit-bending sets it free. Start turning throw-away audio electronics into magical music engines and discover a freedom of expression that comes straight from your dreams. All you need to know about electronics is how to solder—an how to read these instructions from the guy who accidentally started it all. Limitations? Only your imagination.

Inside you'll find detailed instructions for turning ANY circuit you find into an alien music engine overnight, along with never before revealed secrets to bent instruments including:

  1. Incantor
  2. Cool Keys
  3. Casio SK-1
  4. Casio SA-2
  5. Harmonic Window
  6. Phone Toys
  7. Casio SK-60
  8. Realistic MT140
  9. Casio SA-5
  10. The Electronic Womb
  11. Casio Sax
  12. Particle Bays
  13. Write with Light
  14. Rap Rhythm
  15. Mall Madness
About the Author

Reed Ghazala developed the technique of circuit-bending in 1967, following the chance encounter of a transistorized amplifier with an unidentified object in his desk drawer. He can often be found writing music, sculpting, taking photos, hunting mushrooms, building things that fly, or indulging in other creative pursuits as befits a true Renaissance man.
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