Way back in 1897, there was an inventor dude named Thaddeus Cahill who came up with the Telharmonium, a 200-ton electronic tone-wheel instrument whose sounds would warp in response to human touch. Now, there's no recorded example of Cahill's sound machine in action, so this little factoid is not entirely verifiable. Even so, its birth is generally considered one of the earliest events in the largely accidental history of circuit bending.
More contemporary proponents of this arcane art include multimedia experimentalist Reed Ghazala (AKA the Father of Circuit Bending) and Brit band Fuck Buttons. We've even got our own Miami expert, noisenik and mod master Audioid. Go get bent with him this Wednesday at Sweat Records when he hosts a Circuit Bending Workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn the finer points of cracking and hacking electronic synths, Casio keyboards, Speak & Spells, and more.
Wed., June 2, 8 p.m., 2010