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Big Changes to in 2012

Hello Friends,

First of all I would like to Thank you for your continued support of through 2011! I have enjoyed sending out many kits and instruments to musicians and experimenters all over the World. With 2012 well on its way many improvements to service and the blog will be taking place.

Major commitment will be made to improving the customer experience by reducing handling time to 1 business day. In order to accomplish this the availability of each kit, part, or instrument, will be accurately displayed on the page. Once something is Sold Out you will not be able to order it until the next batch arrives.

To avoid frequent Backorders and to comply with general kit assembly practices all circuit boards will be professionally manufactured of the through-hole variety. As much as I love making my own circuit boards it is not possible to keep up with the demand at this point.

Informative documentation for each kit will be available in PDF format with up-to-date assembly diagrams, general assembly tips, parts list, and application notes. Printed instructions will no longer be included. Lets save some trees! The pre-stripped wire is also no more for the time being. Quality 4 color-coded bundle of wire will be included however.

The only negative change is the increase of USPS shipping rates. This will impact International Buyers with the exception of Canada and Mexico. New rate for International Flat Rate Envelope  is now $17.00.

Through previously outlined improvements we hope reduce our operational costs and lower kit prices as a result.

Our staple kits such as APC, LoFi Fuzz, 555 Timer, and LoFi Delay will be simplified with new through hole dual sided circuit boards. Starting with the Quad Oscillator due out later this week. Several new kits are currently in the final stages of development and will be announced shortly as well.

Thank you again for the support.

Kickstart Bending

By sailormouth
Have you heard about or do you know about If no, you should really check it out. It is a website with a simple premise behind it. Present the folks who work there with a project that you need help funding. They look over your proposal to see if it fits their guidelines, and if it can stand on its own you put your project on their site. Why am I talking about this on getlofi if this isn’t about bending?

Two reasons:
The first is to tell all you bender friends out there that getlofi will help support and promote your bending related project by getting the word out here on
The second is to show by example and promote my new sequencer project which just opened on Kickstarter this week.

A few details to mention.
The funding of projects is all or nothing. Each project has a specific end date that if the funding level is not met the backers of the project do not pay the amounts they pledged.
Currently only people who have a US bank account and a US address can start a project. This is a limitation of Amazon who handles all the money for all the Kickstarter projects. Kickstarter says they will in the future be able to allow international project creators.
Anyone can be a backer for a project, no US bank account or address required for that.

The project I have on Kickstarter is for making a new sequencer. I am trying to raise money for new development tools and equipment to move to a different microcontroller so I can add new features. There are several pledge levels with incentives that range from a compilation of backer created mp3 tracks all the way up to a built sequencer with a set of four bent toys. Contribution levels in between also include the sequencer as a kit or different TI toys ready for me to bend. You can click the images link below to come by and check it out. Let others know about the project and about Kickstarter.
Thank you,

Modular Random Music Sequencer project

This is a video I made to show that the sequencer can create synced lightshows to go with the music.

Message from the Desk of the Editor

 Letter From the Editor

Hello Fellow Readers,

You may have noticed a recent rise in the number of Editorial articles vs. actual How-To articles. The reason being is that my time has been consumed by a not so experimental full-time job.  When not in the sleep mode, free time is spent on research, development, and stockpiling of exciting new DIY kits and circuits for GetLoFi. These are slowly becoming available in the For Sale section of the website. Meanwhile Rodney and Austin have been picking up the slack by writing posts, with more help on the way.

The plans are currently being drawn up for my full-time involvement with the website, which would translate into endless stream of circuit bending entertainment goodness, so hang tight and keep on reading! Cheers. –CM

Big it up for Creme Dementia

Creme Dementia

Please give a big round of applause for Austin aka Creme Dementia, who recently joined the GetLoFi massive as a contributor of in-depth articles. His street cred stems from life-long involvement in music, most notably as part of the duo Honkeys With Privileges or HWP where he jams on keyboards, drum machines, auto-harp, and spits mad rhymes! His current project Creme Dementia, tapped the ass of Minneapolis Bent Festival in 2008 and many shows around Mid-West prior. Austin’s explorations in the field of circuit bending began after a conversion by the Rev. Patrick McCarthy of Roth Mobot. In real life he enjoys circuit bending, thrift store shopping, wearing t-shirts with his name, drawing comics, and drinking 40s with the old lady. Welcome aboard!

GetLoFi Updates – Don’t Panic


Just letting everyone know that I will be doing some overhauling on the main template for, so the look and feel will be rather bland for now. Any input is welcome as far as readability and user friendliness goes. The main question is which one is better, black on white or white on black for reading? Your comments are appreciated. Cheers. –CM


Ok, I think we are all set. Some minor tweaks but the rest is there. The template is minimal and to the point for fast load times.  You like?

LoFi-Fest 2007, Sept 15th. This Saturday!

Attention Dear Readers! For the past Month I’ve been gearing up for an Experimental Electronic/Circuit Bending/Noisecore Festival at the Hall Mall in Downtown Iowa City. It is looking to be a good old time.

The Line Up includes:
Igloo Martian- WI
Talking Computron- IA
Creme Dementia- IL
Spunky Toofers- MO
Datura 1.0- MN
Beatrix*Jar – MN
FoodTeam – MN

Play times: (Roughly, may change)
8:30PM – Creme Dementia
9:15 PM – Igloo Martian
10:00 PM – Spunky Toofers
10:45 PM – Datura 1.0
11:45 PM – Beatrix*Jar
1:45 AM – Talking Computron

There will be T-Shirts and Circuit Bending Compilations from Tiger Claw Records. Computer Visualization system and a top-end Stereo PA!

Cost: is $6 All ages, must be 21+ to drink w/ID. BYOB.
Location: Hall Mall, Downtown Iowa City.
Time: Doors 8:00 PM
Location Roughly: Google Maps Link

After the show I’m hoping to blog more frequently. Thanks for still reading this and hope to see some of you there.


New Contributor on

Hello and please allow me to introduce Rodney of Tiger Claw Records as a new contributor to GetLoFi Blog. Rodney works closely with musicians in the genre of Circuit Bending and Experimental Electronic Music giving him the insight and connections to bring you interviews, listening suggestions, and more. While I struggle to find the time to properly keep up the blog, Rodney will assist in bring much needed reading material. Thank you.

News about the News

Lots of exciting new posts coming right up. But most importantly I want to acknowledge a nod from Mike of the Bent Festival about me appearing at the
Minneapolis, MN gathering on April 19-21st, 2007. As of now I am slated on being there, days are officially taken off work and reservations will be made shortly. The only thing now is to ask around for my friends to join me on the trip.

Another detail yet to be determined is what I’m going to talk about, some possible topics include:

  • Selling Instruments in eBay
  • Building Oscillators with 4093 Quad NAND Gates or 555 IC
  • Controlling Bent Instruments with a Computer Parallel port ( Super Simple Way )
  • Controlling Bent Instruments with Processing and Arduino Board ( Super Simple Way 2 )
  • 486 computer bending

These topics are not confirmed with the organizers, but soon I’m hoping they will be so I can start preparing. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Here is the picture of the InterMedia Arts venue which will host the Bent Festival MN:


Website slow!

Emm, not sure what exactly is happening, but it seems like the bandwidth usage is through the roof, since about 10 PM last night. I think Make:Zine posted a few links to Getlofi and that could be causing all the traffic. I guess wait till the tide passes, but at this time I can’t do much. Please be patient. Thanks. –CM

*Update* Next order of business is to create YouTube videos of my content, I think the quicktimes hosted on the server are a huge waste bandwidth.