About This Course

This is a class about the joy of Circuit Bending.

In this class, we will first talk about what Circuit Bending is, and how it works. Then, we will actually circuit bend an old keyboard from beginning to end, going step-by-step through the entire process. In the end, we will have a cool new keyboard capable of brand new sounds, and I’ll even make a track with it.

This might just be the weirdest class I’ve ever made. In this class we will hit the road, going to some thrift shops to look for bendable instruments, I’ll do some time-lapse videos of taking things apart (complete with Benny Hill), and we will melt down some Spongebob Squarepants. You will have to join the class to see how that all unfolds.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Circuit Bending in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.

He currently acts as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

“I’ve had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live.”

“Great overview – I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with Live. Clear and to the point. Session walkthroughs are great. Looking forward to more”

“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

What are the requirements?

  • No knowledge of Circuitry or electronics is required
  • No software is required
  • A hardware unit to circuit bending will be needed to follow along, but don’t go get one yet! I’ll walk you through how to select something good for bending in the first few classes. These devices tend to be around $3 – $5 US

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Modify electronic devices to add knobs and switches to create your own unique sounds
  • Create an arsenal of hardware devices unique to you – no one else in the world will have your devices
  • Create ultra-unique sounds using your circuit bent instruments!

Who is the target audience?

  • This circuit bending course is designed for people who do not know anything about circuit bending and have no experience with circuits or any electronics
  • This course is an excellent starting point for people look to get into the world of circuit bending
  • More advanced producers looking to expand their repertoire of sounds will also benefit from creating their own devices with this class

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned how to make music by circuit bending.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about making music by circuit bending.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
What Is Circuit Bending 00:00:00
What Is Bendable 00:00:00
Section 2 - Toys, Tools And Safety
Tools You Will Need 00:00:00
Tips On Finding Toys And Bendable Things: Lets Go Shopping! 00:00:00
Safety: Batteries Only! 00:00:00
Safety Gear: Glasses And Shoes 00:00:00
Section 3 - The (Lack Of) Science To Circuit Bending
Opening Up Your Device 00:00:00
Make A Jumper 00:00:00
Making First Connections 00:00:00
Circuit Mapping And Notation 00:00:00
Notation File 00:00:00
Section 4 - Making The Connections
Types Of Knobs And Switches 00:00:00
Soldering Tips 00:00:00
Connecting Wires To The Board 00:00:00
Mounting Switches 00:00:00
Connecting Switches 00:00:00
Switch Details 00:00:00
Closing It Up 00:00:00
Section 5 - Wrap Up
Some Music Made From My New Bent Keyboard 00:00:00
Thanks And Bye! 00:00:00
Bonus Lecture: Bend – A Circuit Bending Documentary 00:00:00
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