Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments Paperback – Aug 26 2005
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From the Back Cover
"We send probes into deep space to listen to alien worlds. But alien worlds aren't always that far away."
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 solderan 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:
- Cool Keys
- Casio SK-1
- Casio SA-2
- Harmonic Window
- Phone Toys
- Casio SK-60
- Realistic MT140
- Casio SA-5
- The Electronic Womb
- Casio Sax
- Particle Bays
- Write with Light
- Rap Rhythm
- 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.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Looking back over the past 38 years, and having been circuit-bending throughout, I can tell you one thing with certainty: There is no better time than today to circuit-bend. Read the first page
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Hippies and aliens aside, I would seriously reccomend this book to anyone who has no experience whatsoever in electronics. Ghazala teaches good soldering technique, and moves through explanations of electronic components at a slow pace. However, If you are interested in circuit bending and other DIY electronic music forms in a broader sense I would recommend the book "Handmade Electronic Music" by Nicolas Collins over this one, simply because it presents things more seroiusly, more concisely, and has useful historical asides (talk of John Cage, Nam June Paik) that are more interesting than Ghazala's personal tales.
This book was VERY easy to read and there are a lot of nice pictures to demonstrate varous items and techniques. It made even me, a total newbie to this hobby feel confident to tear open a circuit board and solder it into unrecognisability and as a matter of fact, I probably would never have know anything of what to do without reading this book.
Add to the fine pictoral examples and tutorials the Eighteen projects that include plans for bending Speak & Spells, and the famed Casio SK1 keyboard, and you have a real value here.
This book was fun and easy to read and I still use it as a reference when I'm tearing apart an electronic gadget for the purpose of creating wierd sounds.
I've read other books that deal with similar material, but for someone starting out in the hobby, this book is all you need and it's definitely where I would reccomend starting out if you're interested in getting into this fun hobby.
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