What inspired you to do this?
As part of my creative practice, I've been exploring various methods of sound making. Recently, I've been building sound generating electronic circuits and bending existing ones. There's also the environmental appeal of repurposing and reinterpreting discarded electronics and materials. Wandering and finding the items whether in trash piles, dumpsters, or salvage shops is also an enjoyable part of the process.
How long did it take to make it?
On average, each of the pieces took about a day or two of collective assembly time, not including time to pause and consider where the project was going.
How long have you been doing things like this?
I started circuit bending years ago, and revisited it more thoroughly around the start of COVID.
How much did this cost to do?
For the devices shown here, the potentiometers, knobs, jacks, switches, and buttons (not to mention bits of wire and solder) cost around $25. The toys and housing were found, so they were free.
Have you done other things like this?
Years ago, I performed with guitar and a circuit bent device I built. Besides performing, I've worked with other sound making processes and have made installations and sculptures.
I'm continuing to build new devices and explore other creative avenues.
"Handmade Electronic Music" by Nicolas Collins and "Make: Electronics" by Charles Platt have been very useful. There are also a lot of helpful YouTube videos and of course, the internet in general is a great resource.