Moog Music tells us that, in celebration of this creative curiosity that fueled a young Bob Moog and all of those that follow in his footsteps, they will be sponsoring their 5th Annual Circuit Bending Challenge.
A spokesperson told us, "Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father. The rest, as you know, is history. Circuit-bending is a chance art form pioneered by Reed Ghazala in 1966. It combines art, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children's toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design. Moogfest is proud to continue Reed's tradition of chance electronic design via our yearly circuit-bending contest."
This year, Moog's circuit bending contest is challenging entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.
Entrants will create and post videos on YouTube featuring their completed instruments and documenting the process of their creation. Moog will select three finalists and invite them to showcase their creations at Moogfest in May of 2016 where judges will decide a winner of the contest.
Moog says that last year's Circuit Bending Challenge produced some of the most innovative instruments to date. They received so many amazing builds that they had to expand their finalist lineup to include the top 5 entries.
The 2014 Finalist's Videos are viewable here:
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