: this excerpt from a Wim Wenders film offers an interesting little glimpse into the world of pachinko
, a gambling obsession for so many in Japan. But while most are gazing hypnotically into the noisy little machines in order to win prizes or money, others are circuit bending
them to make them even noisier
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 21, 2007 -
: The art of taking (usually consumer-grade children's toys) electronics and short circuiting them for audio effects
previously not intended by the manufacturer.
The simple directions
are to probe around the insides of a vivisected
toy to find the connections that cause distortion, repitition, pitch change etc.
After that all you have to do is solder wires
to an on/off switch, dial or button.
Maybe a little like the Frankenstein monster
projects like this can be pretty inexpensive. All you need is a bunch of wires, switchs, knobs and a soldering iron. Not to mention hours of trial and error.
Any subjects for experimentation can be found at your local thrift store. Too lazy to shop around for victims
? Trouble findng switches for under 5$ each? You can always buy one
posted by Napierzaza
on May 15, 2005 -
is the electronic art of the implementation of the creative audio short-circuit. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed." - Reed Ghazala. More proselytizing
from Ghazala, and a LiveJournal
for up-to-the-minute advice, feedback and opinions.
posted by jon_kill
on Jan 28, 2004 -