Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Warp Child

This is an old school hack. At Marco's Bon Voyage party we played War Child by Jethro Tull on a Fisher Price turntable. This particular disk has a hole drilled in it about half an inch away from the regular center hole. When played on this "off centered" hole it gives a nice organic LFO to the whole record as it virtually speeds up and slows down with each rotation.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monthly Circuit Bent Open Mic

The last Saturday of every month we host Chicago's only regular Circuit Bent Open Mic at Lizard's Liquid Lounge, 3058 W Irving Park Rd. from noon - 3 PM.  This Saturday, December 26th, 2009, will be no different - other than, perhaps, better. Each month this free event draws new people to show up and play their home made devices in a hospitable atmosphere in front of  a group of supportive peers. If you have  a project you are working on, and want to give it a "field test," then this is the perfect venue. In addition to the performing there will be soldering, component swapping, beer drinking, taco munching, and idea exchanging.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Introduction to Circuit Bending Workshop

Monday, December 21st, 7 - 10 PM
5045 N Clark St. Chicago, $45
We bring the tools and components, you bring the battery powered toys. This crash course in circuit bending and toy hacking covers the basics of electronics, the tools of circuit exploration, and the techniques of finishing a project. No previous electronics experienced required!

Roth Mobot at TEDx

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Flashpoint Academy
28 N Clark,Chicago
TedxWindyCity.com is hosting an event of professionally produced lectures and demonstrations by inventors, artists, scientists, philosophers, doctors, professors, politicians, researchers, and more. It's a great way to spend time on the web. We have been asked to be the "house band" when TEDx comes to Chicago this February!

Live at i^Hypermedia

We were invited to perform at the Experimental Electronics Exposition's Midwest Micro Tour when it came to Chicago. Mike Una, recorded the performances. We've posted ours to our MP3s page, and are going to be posting our recordings via our SoundCloud.com account from now on

La La Box for TEDx Windy City

This is a demo gift for the staff at Pivotal Productions, the producers of this February's TEDx event in Chicago.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Joy of Vactrol

A vactrol in series with the output from a simple oscillator and a toy's clock creates a gorgeous organic simple tremolo.