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Circuit bending is basically the creative re-wiring of a battery powered electronic device with the aim of creating a new and unique electronic musical instrument. The term “circuit-bending” was coined by Reed Ghazala, the generally recognized “Father” of the process. (For more info see his website at www.Anti-Theory.com)

The new, experimental, and sometimes bizarre sounds that can be coaxed from a seemingly benign child's toy can be truly amazing. A quote from the Anti-Theory website states:

“The circuit-bent instrument, often a re-wired audio toy or game, is an alien instrument: alien in electronic design, alien in voice, alien in musician interface. Through this procedure, all around our planet, a new musical vocabulary is being discovered. A new instrumentarium is being born.”

Not all circuit bent creations have to have previously existed as vintage toys. There are a number of people that construct DIY noise machines that are just as impressive as the circuit bent toys out there. An example of this that was recently posted in this forum is the Atari Punk Console. This simple circuit was originally designed by Forest Mims III and many people have made modifications to it.

Click here to read an article from www.Anti-Theory.com about the history of Circuit Bending.
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