Circuit Bending (also called Hardware Hacking) is the creative recycling of common discarded technology, often children's toys, by opening the device and soldering in new connections within the device's pre-existing circuitry to create unique musical and video instruments.
In this workshop, you can take apart an old toy and make a brand new musical instrument! You'll be able to identify and explore the basic components of a typical circuit board, the basics of soldering, install output jacks, switches, body contacts (and more!), and control a world of new sounds. Tools and components will be provided.
IMPORTANT: This workshop is BYOT (Bring Your Own Toy). Participants are required to bring one battery-powered device (with batteries!) to the class. It's best to bring more than one toy too. Some toys just don't bend. Sometimes a toy fries during the workshop. We don't want anyone to be left out.
What's a good toy to bend? Find out on Roth Mobot's workshop page: http://www.rubbermonkey.org/rothmobot/workshops.htm
This event is part of the Circuit Benders' Ball, a day-long celebration of hardware hacking, music, art, and the creative spirit. Register for one Circuit Benders' Ball workshop and get a CBB t-shirt for free! (Limit 1 per student.) Register for all three Circuit Benders' Ball workshops and get into the music showcase for free! (A $15 value.)
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Saturday September 29, 2012
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Patrick McCarthy has been conducting Circuit Bending workshops and courses in various Museums, Galleries, Schools, Symposium, Salons, and Corporate Seminars, since 1999. He is on staff at the Wanger Family Fab Lab at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. He's also on faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music and teaches workshops at the school and teaches multiple residencies at various Chicago Public Schools via the OTSFM's Education Outreach Program. He conducts regular teaching residencies at Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio, and currently has an extended teaching residency at Near North Montessori School.