Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments

Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments

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by Reed Ghazala
     
 

  • 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
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Overview

  • 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

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
“In one easy evening,” says Reed Ghazala, “you can discover and build an instrument capable of making sounds and music no one else has ever yet heard: an instrument that exists nowhere else in the universe.” With what? A degree in electronics? Nahh. Thousands of dollars in equipment? Nahh: just some dirt-cheap electronic toy you can find at a garage sale, a second-hand store, or in your own closet. Loads of skills? Nahh: just the most basic, “baby-simple” soldering knowledge. And this book.

Since the late ‘60s, Ghazala’s been pioneering these techniques; he’s built instruments for Peter Gabriel, the Stones, many others. More recently, he gave the technique a name: “circuit bending.” And it’s taken off, getting attention everywhere from Slashdot to Wired. Now, he’s written the seminal book on the subject: Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments.

Ghazala covers everything you need to know: how musical instruments work; how to set up your workshop; how to solder; how to build, polish, and refine your “bent” instrument; even how to design your own personal “alien orchestra.” The heart of the book is its projects. Follow them, step-by-step, or use them as a launching pad for your own creations. Start with an old Speak & Spell (or a Speak & Read, or a cheap, cheesy Casio SA-2 keyboard, or something from Fisher-Price) and, in one short chapter, you can create something magical.

Along the way, you’ll come to see electronics very differently: not as something precisely ordained down to the nanometer but -- again in Ghazala’s words -- “as an organic mechanism, animal-like.” Plus, you’ll have a blast. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764588877
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/22/2005
Series:
ExtremeTech Series, #15
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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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