Circuit Bending: Making Music By ReWiring Devices - Intro
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Circuit Bending is one of the most desired and protected skills of sound designers worldwide. Learn the secrets here.
4.7 (5 ratings)
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Modify electronic devices to add knobs and switches to create your own unique sounds
  • Create an arsenal of hardware devices unique to you - no one else in the world will have your devices
  • Create ultra-unique sounds using your circuit bent instruments!
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  • No knowledge of Circuitry or electronics is required
  • No software is required
  • A hardware unit to circuit bending will be needed to follow along, but don't go get one yet! I'll walk you through how to select something good for bending in the first few classes. These devices tend to be around $3 - $5 US

This is a class about the joy of Circuit Bending.

In this class we will first talk about what Circuit Bending is, and how it works. Then, we will actually circuit bend an old keyboard from beginning to end, going step-by-step through the entire process. In the end, we will have a cool new keyboard capable of brand new sounds, and I'll even make a track with it.

This might just be the weirdest class I've ever made. In this class we will hit the road, going to some thrift shops to look for bendable instruments, I'll do some time-lapse videos of taking things apart (complete with Benny Hill), and we will melt down some Spongebob Squarepants. You will have to join the class to see how that all unfolds.

And of course, once you sign up for this class, you automatically get huge discounts on many of my other classes - stay to the end to find out how!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Circuit Bending in a more comprehensive way that this. Start here.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

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  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

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Who is the target audience?
  • This circuit bending course is designed for people who do not know anything about circuit bending, and have no experience with circuits or any electronics
  • This course is an excellent starting point for people look to get into the world of circuit bending
  • More advanced producers looking to expand their repertoire of sounds will also benefit from creating their own devices with this class
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Curriculum For This Course
3 Lectures 15:57

Welcome to the class! First a quick overview of the class, and then we will get started!

Preview 04:23

What is Circuit Bending, and how can it be useful to you in your music making. In this video I'll walk you through what it is, a little of the history, and some of the cool things you can do.
Preview 07:09

Not everything is bendable - and some things are easier than others. In this video I'll walk through what to look for and what works well.
Preview 04:25
Toys, Tools, & Safety
4 Lectures 20:38

Before diving in, lets talk about some tools we are going to need. There are not many - just a few things.

Preview 03:03

Ok - welcome to one of the weirdest videos I've ever made. In this video we go on a covert field trip to a few different second-hand stores looking for children's toys.
Tips for Finding Toys and Bendable Things: Lets go Shopping!

The number one rule to Circuit Bending: Batteries Only! I can't say it enough.
Safety: Batteries Only!

A few other things about safety when we are working with electricity.
Safety Gear: Glasses & Shoes
Time to Start Building!
3 Lectures 05:13
Circuit Bending: Making Music By ReWiring Devices and Toys
2 pages

Alright - now is the time to get down and dirty with this. First, we need to open up our device and see what we've got.

Bonus Lecture: Opening Up Your Device

There is so much more to learn!

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
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38,877 Students
65 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)