Circuit Bent Radio Shack Melody Player

Stanley Ruiz posts all kinds of neat stuff to his Skonto blog and at the Bent 2006 festival he got to perform with his band Ganung Sari. His new piece that caught my attention was the “Glitch Machine“. A wall mounted gallery piece with a Radio Shack melody player that can often be found in the clearance bin of your local store. The circuit is a playback module with transistor looking melody banks. The button shorts a couple of resistors creating a voltage drop to garble and lower the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star melody. The text on the battery case gives a definition of what a glitch is from and its a good introduction for anyone who has never experienced glitching or circuit bending before. Another really good introduction to circuit bending can be seen and heard in Stan’s video interview for, enjoy.