BENT 2004 from Derek Sajbel on Vimeo.
Derek Sajbel aka Dr Rek has been a record keeper of the Circuit Bending scene for years. Documenting all of the Bent Festivals and interviewing many of the artists. While the latest installment of the 2008 Bent Fest is still in the works the previous releases are available on DVD through the Absurdity.biz website. The 2004 Documentary has been recently posted on Vimeo as well. Great Interviews including: Reed Ghazala, Arius Blaze, and Mike Patton, interesting performances, and useful information. Hard to believe that this was almost half a decade ago!
Here is a great Interview done by Gretchen over at Gearwire.com with an Interface Designer and Builder Rui Pereira who created an experimental controller as part of his thesis. Usually controller videos are of not much interest atleast to me, however this one was fairly captivating because Rui talks about the actual design of the controller and why it was made that way. He also demonstrates why it was called the Transformable Uber Interface for Stardom and points out the obvious Guitar Hero and other video game inspirations. Enjoy.
The Madnoodler just sent in a couple new stop-motion bending videos. Pretty neato, sort of like a demented kids’ TV show. Who knew that babies were filled with Snakes! Its also interesting to watch his technique and tools during the bending process, like using a zip tie to hold the cable static on the inside of the Breakout Box. Enjoy.
Here is an interesting concept from Mike Una that utilizes a cheap AM radio to pick up interference caused by charging of a high voltage capacitor. The charging circuit is from a disposable camera and is wired to what appears to be NES power and reset switches. Sounds really neat, but please don’t fly with it or bring this contraption to school. 🙂
Here is a pretty good short piece on circuit bending filmed by the Oregon Public Broadcasting. It features Billy the Bender explaining what circuit bending is and his thorough collection of circuit bent devices and future candidates. For me this was a little scary to watch because it really goes to show that there are other people out there hoarding this stuff just like me and some people I know! Very well done video however, totally worth the watch!
This video also appeared on Matrixsynth.
The LoFi Fest 2007 was a great success thanks to all the performers, attendees, and staff. I couldn’t have been happier with the way the event turned out. All of the sets got taped in their entirety and there is even a talk of releasing a DVD with the stereo audio from the mixing board instead of the camera mic. More info will be available soon, in the meantime enjoy these vids hosted by google video. ( Please note that RSS Readers may not be able to display the embedded objects, click here to go directly to the post. )
Where to start…perhaps first by Thanking Tiger Claw Records, especially Rodney for organizing this event. Superb job on lining up the venue (The Klinic Bar), getting the performers there, and making sure that everyone felt welcome and at home. I had a blast!
The showcase kicked off with Creme Dementia packing a fistfull of theatrics complete with a facemask and a whacked, out of context social psychology 35mm slide presentation. Following close in the footsteps, the noise scapes of Igloo Martian (pictured above) were glitchy and hard, yet soothing and enjoyable. Navigating around cord lined stage with only a small flashlight it was entertaining to watch. As always Spunky Toofers rocked with a solid noise set and captivated the audience with the stage presence and a talkbox like drum synth. An unexpected late addition to the bill included Steve Glitch who while traveling lightly performed on Ableton Live loaded with all circuit bent sound samples and loops. Now for the moment that everyone’s been waiting for, Roth Mobot a circuit bent duo from Chicago finally laid their hands on a mega large table loaded with all of their gear to create sweet sweet noises. Their signature eyeball surgery was in full effect meanwhile. Last but not least Talking Computron finally stepped up to close out the bash with an Experimenta Live PA set on 2 Korg Electribes and some custom noise circuits.
But wait there is more. Fortunatelly parts of all the performers that night got video taped and are on youTube.com right now thanks to IglooMartian. I highly recommend watching every single one.
The event was also a CD release party for the new compalation out on Tiger Claw Records called “Do Not Bend” featuring most of the artists from the showcase doing their studio work.
What a great concert, huge Thanks to everyone that made it out there.
Fabio sent me this awesome video of young John Cage performing on “I’ve Got a Secret” TV show, which also appeared on the BeepGlitch Blog. John Cage put on an amazing Live Musique Concrete performance reaffirming the fact that dispite being made in a studio his music way more fun and entertaining when watched being performed live. I had the same feeling during all of the performances at the Bent Fest this year, listening to recordings of past sets that people did was not reflective of the Live experience, being there is key. Too bad they couldn’t get John Cage’s radios plugged in because of a Union dispute, just another way that beuracracy gets in the way of Art and Expression.