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10.28.2007

El Colin and the Circuit Bending Challenge

This is a day that will go down in history for me. I am tired, burned, bloodied, and so happy that it doesn't matter.

I have two videos that will explain most of my ups and downs today.

There rest I will try to put in words and show you some pictures.

I just recently moved to South Korea. It is hard for me to find the things I need sometimes and I don't have everything I need for circuit bending yet.



At first, I wasn't able to find anything.


I found some proof it is the 28th.


I found this keyboard but it wasn't very exciting.


I bought a blue version of this guitar a week ago. I was wary to buy it but the rules said find one today! So I bought this one. I like pink better anyway. Experience the sweetness feel to flying the music sea! I decided to go with the guitar, mainly because of that saying.


There is a pretty simple, black-blob circuit, with a cap and a resistor.


I found this hunker in the street the first day I was here.


I tried replacing the cap with other caps, a transistor, and what I think is a mega transistor, but I still don't know.


The mega transistor is super money! It makes everything perfect.


My modest set up with the few supplies I have collected (see the video for more details.)


I went to the stationary store two blocks away to find body contacts.


I couldn't cut the 'Supa-clip' so I had to go back to the store. I tried to cut smaller clips. I eventually gave up and used little binder ring things.


Everything goes wrong as soon as I decide to start finalizing everything. I ripped part of the circuit board out of the black-blob. Luckily, I had the same guitar from a week ago. (Circuit "Bending" the rules a little.)


The aftermath.


From the ashes of the dead, a godly creature springs forth to create happiness.


The Monster.


Below are the Videos. The Challenge video is everything leading up to the end product. It is about 10 minutes long. It is fun and shows me freaking out and having a blast and talking to you; a video diary of sorts. The outcome video is the final performance before midnight. It is an awesome little guitar and I am happy even though it is so terribly planned out. I have made some nice instruments before but this one has a special place in my heart. Thanks Circuit Bending Challenge! I can't wait to see what everyone else ended up with.

Reid, I wish you were here for this.

Video of "The Challenge"


Video of "The Outcome"


The guitar sounds great. The cigar box pedal in the beginning of the clip (The Awesomeator - see the earlier blog post) actually makes the same sound that the guitar does. It has something to do with the transistors and radio signals. Twice I got a Yankees game to come on through my Awesomeator!!!!! I can't wait to play this guitar using the Awesomator as a pedal for it; that will be spectacular. It would keep me up all night though and I need to go to work tomorrow, so good night and for the rest of you still working, good luck and have fun. I look forward to seeing the results of this most excellent day.

Check out the other benders here :

getlofi

createdigitalmusic




4 comments:

AcouSvnt said...

You've put Jimi Hendrix to shame! :)

reid said...

you got mad macgyver with your resources! congrats brother!

ronnie said...

Nice job!

Gordon said...

Holy crap, incredible work. That mega transistor is actually a diode bridge (a rectifier). It's part of a power supply, basically turns AC to DC if wired "correctly."