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Famous people using circuit bent stuff.

CMKT 4 Westward Hackerspace Tour 2011

CMKT 4 is headed to Maker Faire San Francisco.  We’ll be stopping at as many Hackerspaces as we can on the way teaching our popular EconoMIC Contact Microphone Building Class.  Of course we will include a performance at each of the workshops and we should be appearing on the Maker Faire stage!  Take a look at our tour dates to see when we’ll be near you!  Message us if you’d like to help us fill in any open days.

FACEBOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

WED MAY 4
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Quad City CoLab
1033 East 53rd Street
Davenport, Iowa
7pm, $15

THU MAY 5
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Ames Makerspace
328 Main Street, Suite 15
Ames, IA
7pm, $15

FRI MAY 6
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Omaha Maker Group
4388 Nicholas St
Omaha, NE
7pm, $15

SAT MAY 7
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Denhac
975 E. 58th Avenue, Unit N
Denver, CO
$15, 2pm

SUN MAY 8
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Solid State Depot
2200 Central Ave Suite G
Boulder, CO
$15, 2pm

MON MAY 9
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
MakeSLC
Electroregeneration Society Warehouse 555 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT
$15, 7pm

TUE MAY 10
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
The Transistor
560 S 100 W
Provo, UT 84601
$15, 7pm

WED MAY 11
RENO – OPEN

THU MAY 12
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Ace Monster Toys
6050 Lowell Street
Oakland, CA
$15, 7pm

FRI MAY 13
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Noisebridge
2169 Mission
San Francisco, CA
$15, 7pm

SAT MAY 14
LA – OPEN

SUN MAY 15
CMKT 4, Push Play, Igor Amokian
Sancho Salon Gallery
1549 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
9pm, $5?

MON MAY 16
LA – OPEN

TUES MAY 17
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Sancho Salon Gallery
1549 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
$15, 7pm

WED MAY 18
SAN LUIS OBISPO – OPEN

THU MAY 19
SAN FRANCISCO – OPEN

FRI MAY 20  – SUN MAY 22
CMKT 4 @ Maker Faire San Francisco

MON MAY 23
NORTHERN CA – OPEN

TUES MAY 24
EUGENE – OPEN

WED MAY 25
PORTLAND – OPEN

THU MAY 26
OLYMPIA

FRI MAY 27
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Metrix Create:Space
623 Broadway E
Seattle, Washington 98102

SAT MAY 28
WASHINGTON – OPEN

SUN MAY 29
MONTANA – OPEN

MON MAY 30
SOUTH DAKOTA – OPEN

TUE MAY 31
Twin Cities Maker – The Hackfactory
3119 E. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN
$15, 7pm

Introducing The Creme DeMentia Channel on Vimeo

by Creme DeMentia

Regular readers of GetLoFi will recall announcements for a number of circuit-bent/experimental electronic live events during late 2009 here in the Midwest.  I was lucky enough to catch some of these performances with my camcorder.  I have been slowly adding the footage that I captured to my new Vimeo account and they are available for viewing at the new Creme DeMentia Vimeo Channel.  Below I have embedded several videos with some information about the performances.  Although I have not added every single video I’ve taken, I’ve been trying to add at least one new video a week as upload limits allow.

e^3 Micro Tour – GetLofi contributors Talking Computron, Creme DeMentia and Pelzwik teamed with Tim Kaiser to play a 3-night string of shows.  We started with a show with LWA in Iowa City at the Picador and then continued on to DeKalb, IL to play at Krystal’s Ultra-Lounge;  we ended in Chicago at i^3 Hypermedia,  where we added Roth Mobot to the bill and streamed the entire night of performances live online.  Video captured from the show at i^3 Hypermedia can be seen embedded in an older article here on GetLoFi, the performances I captured in Iowa City and DeKalb are embedded below.

Cincinnati –  After the e^3 Micro Tour, Tim Kaiser invited me to accompany him to Cincinnati for a couple of shows he was playing there.  I was able to play with Tim and Thriftsore Boratorium at the chilly Semantics Gallery.  Thriftsore Boratorium put on a very interesting set, broadcasting on several different frequencies to a dozen or more portable radios.  It was very bizarre to listen and move around in the field of distributed radios, hopefully the video captures some of that spirit.  The following day I shot some overhead footage of performances from David William and Tim Kaiser at the Contemporary Arts Center.  I had no idea what to expect from David William’s performance and was pleasantly surprised.  His approach is very subdued and I like the way he has re-purposed every-day objects as playable drone generators.   I was very happy to make his acquaintance and catch his performance.

There are more videos available at the Creme DeMentia Vimeo Channel.  I have also posted some full versions of past performances that were originally segmented for the Creme DeMentia Youtube Channel.  I will continue to post to both channels based on video sizes and lengths; Creme DeMentia Vimeo Channel will hold 10+ min. videos of performances, lectures and how-to videos, Creme DeMentia Youtube Channel will hold shorter videos of performances, toy demos, how-to videos, etc.

BEND THIS FORE!!!!

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The 4th annual BEND THIS…currated by Los Angeles noise artist XDUGEF, will be held on October 25th 2008. There will be Live music, a workshop and market place to buy/sell/trade circuit bent and not bent toys. It’s all going down at Echo Curio Gallery, Echo Park, 1519 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California. Things should kick off at around 1pm with a workshop and a Bent Market. Live music should start around 8pm…featuring such artists as XDUGEF, Potar, Igor Amokian, Caveat Emptor, Andy Ben, (volt.), and Jeff Boynton. The whole day will only cost you $5…how could you stay away? Besides, it looks like they’re given out door prizes too!!!!!

Wes Borland is into Circuit Bending

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According to an interview done by Second Supper a college paper in LaCrosse, WI. Wes Borland is into circuit bending. Some of you may remember Wes as the heavily costumed guitar player of Limp Bizkit from the late 90s, early 2000s.

“…WB: I guess when I was younger I thought in terms of being just a guitar player, but I don’t think that people should stick to just one instrument. Synthesis is so interesting, synthesizers and pedals and crossing the streams of different things into each other. Running keyboards through guitar amps and running children’s toys that have been tweaked. What I’m into lately is circuit bending and people who take those kids’ toys and make them sound like the devil. I do that kind of stuff. I’ve also got a cello, a violin, a French horn, and a sax, which I use. I like generating noise – a lot of noise – and sound through other things than just a guitar. There’s not a rule written anywhere that you have to stick to just one thing, and I think it’s important for musicians to explore. When you approach an instrument that you have no idea what to do on, there’s a naïveté that I think is really precious. You don’t know the territory, so you’re going to approach it like you would your own instrument, and get sounds and ideas that you wouldn’t get out of your own. Exploring is something I’ve always done and will always do.”

Keep exploring everyone!

 

Beck on board with Circuit Bent

Beck Circuit Bent Speak and Spell Jam

Apparently the artist Beck has decided to push the envelope even further then the 8 bit remixes of Guero. Now he includes circuit bent sounds on his latest album called The Information. Most obvious is the song “No Compaints” (Hot Linked MP3 ) with a little glitchy breakdown. This youtube video shows a live MTV jam with a Speak and Spell solo done by the keyboard guy on stage, all while Beck is scratching on his cool Mp3 deck. I guess this is from sometime in 2005. Thanks to MadManG for sending this in.

*SuckTube has removed the video, but unfortunately they can’t erase it from our memories. *

Here is a recap:

00:01 Beck is playing some song

00:04 Camera Pans to a bunch of people dancing on stage

00:10 The keyboard guy picks up a Speak and Spell and starts twisting a knob creating single oscillator theremin like sounds and the whole band lets him solo on that for a few measures.

00:29 Beck resumes the song by scratching on his CDJ and people are dancing again.

Heh, at least thats what I think happened. Did anyone happen to cache this or has the original file? Feel free to comment with a link, or your memories of this video.