HAYWIRE :: The Circuit Bending Workshop




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DorkbotPDX is pleased to announce a hands-on, interactive, one of a kind creative workshop dedicated to the art of circuit bending.

  • What: Circuit Bending Workshop with DorkbotPDX
  • When: Sunday, January 27th, 2008 4:00-9:00pm
  • Where: PNCA room 205 (main building) in Portland, OR (map)
  • Cost: Free/sliding scale/donations

"Circuit bending" is the creative rewiring and short circuiting of battery powered audio devices in order to alter and create new sounds. The application of circuit bending techniques to children's toys and electronic musical instruments often yields unintentional and interesting results. As an art, circuit bending has a low bar of entry (little or zero electronics experience is required) and a low cost (most devices are inexpensive and readily available).

Workshop attendees will be given a brief background on the subject and will be shown common techniques and precautions. Attendees will be guided through the hands-on dismantling and circuit bending their own circuit bent instrument.

The event is hosted by Jason Plumb of noisybox.net and infiltration lab.

Seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to guarantee a spot. Unreserved slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis on the day of the workshop.

For more information and details, please visit the Haywire Circuit Bending wiki page.


  • 3:45 - 4:00pm : Setup and registration
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm : The history and theory of circuit bending
  • 5:00 - 5:30pm : Hands-on demonstration of techniques
  • 5:30 - 8:30pm : Collaborative, assisted circuit hacking session
  • 8:30 - 9:00pm : Conclusions/cleanup
  • 9:00 - ?:??pm  : HAYWIRE Recital

What to bring:

Attendees are not required to bring any tools and supplies, but it is strongly encouraged. Resources will be limited and only made available on a first-come first-serve basis. If possible, we recommend that workshop participants bring the following:

  • Battery powered devices to bend. These might include children's toys, Halloween props, and guitar pedals and must be battery powered.
  • Batteries. A couple of 9V and a handful of AA and/or AAA will be helpful.
  • Tools: Screwdrivers, soldering iron (pencil style), hot glue gun, hobby knife
  • Supplies like spooled hookup wire, solder, tape, super glue, epoxy, alligator clips.
  • Electronic components: Assorted switches, potentiometers, resistors, LEDs, headphone jack, etc.
  • Headphones.
  • Pens/notepads.
  • Camera for documenting the process.

About dorkbotpdx:

DorkbotPDX is the Portland incarnation of Dorkbot -- people doing strange things with electricity. Dorkbot is usually a gathering of like-minded geeks and artists who share a collective desire to abuse electrons.

About jason plumb:

Jason Plumb (Portland, OR) is an engineer and artist who has been building and repurposing circuits and electronics for about 15 years. He maintains web-based documentation of his electronic exploits at noisybox.net and releases audio recordings as Infiltration Lab.