Category: Hardware Hacking

Rotary SNES

The Rotary SNES is a circuit bent Super Nintendo Entertainment System with twenty-two intermittent video bends made available to users through two twelve positions rotary encoder switches. The Rotaty SNES is able to play any unmodified SNES video game cartridge and provides glitched, bent versions of the game for folks to play in real time…

Computer Music

Computer Music is a mechatronic ensemble of floppy disk drives (FDD), hard disk drives (HDD), stepper motors, and Compact Disk Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) drives which are controlled by a MacBook Pro through four Arduino microcontrollers. The pitched FDDs and CDROMs are amplified using single-coil guitar pickups. The HDD spindles continuously spin creating a source of…

Circuit Bending

My circuit bending research focuses on exploring different approaches to adding external control mechanisms to found circuitry. This post provides information about a sampling of controllers designed to control circuit bent instruments in performance as well as installation settings. A few select circuit bent instruments and toys are also briefly presented. Toys The Toys interface…