DIY Electronic Music

Sound artist and electronic instrument manufacturer Thomas Fang will present an overview of the history and theory of circuit bending (defined as the creative short-circuiting of electronic devices that produce sounds), and will demonstrate a variety of bent gear ranging from toys to drum machines and keyboards. He will also demonstrate and discuss the work of several companies that produce inexpensive DIY kits for building experimental electronic musical instruments (including his employers, Bleep Labs and 4ms Pedals). The symposium will demystify circuits for those without experience in electrical engineering, and will offer links to extensive informational resources, kit makers, and circuit designs.