2014 Panels


5:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Introduction to Circuit Bending
Panelists break down the art of circuit bending and show off a few of their bends. We’ll also discuss the origins and history of bending. With Jeff Boynton. Brendan Byrne, TBA.

6:00 PM to 6:50 PM
Towards a Circuit Bending Standardization. Now that you’ve bent a few toys, how do you make them talk with one another? We’ll discuss developing a technical standard for circuit bending interface and controller design. This could benefit instrument designers while making it easier for artists to assemble a fully interconnectable arsenal of circuit bent instruments without any electronics expertise. We’ll also discuss interfacing homemade electronic gear with factory gear such as Eurorack modular synthesizers. With Devin Bell, Josh Gumiela, Oliver Dodd, TBA.


11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Electronic Enclosures Design
This presentation will expose attendees to various methods of creating enclosures for electronic gear. The types of enclosures covered will range from those that can be completed in a few hours to more ornate cases involving wood, aluminum, and masking techniques. Topics covered include repurposed enclosures, ergonomic considerations, finding inspiration, laser cutting + Illustrator, and acrylic vs. aluminum enclosures. We’ll provide a master Illustrator doc with a range of holes sizes for commonly used electronic components like potentiometers, LEDs, pushbuttons, and jacks. This can be used for drafting, laser cutting, or printing drill templates with minimal effort. With Brendan Byrne.

12:00 PM to 12:50 PM
Society of the Spectacle: Culture jammingDétournement & Tactical Media
This presentation explores various subversive, remixological forms of media plus cultural critique. Jammers include Situationist International, AdBusters, Feederz, RTMark, The Yes Men, Jodi and the @BPGlobalPR Twitter account. With Patrick Quinn.

1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
Computer Models of Circuit Bending
Early circuit benders kept traditional art practice and engineering techniques at arm’s length – a mindset prefectly encapsulated by Reed Ghazala’s term “anti-theory.” Kurt James Werner has applied “virtual analog” and “physical modeling” techniques to analyzing and digitally emulating circuit-bent instruments, unpacking the magic in the machines. In this presentation, Kurt will review and demo his work on modeling bent digital devices (see: bent.fm), modded drum machines (TR-808), and preliminary work on the Casio SK-1. With Kurt James Werner.

2:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Culture Jamming part 2 plus Fair Use & Artistic Appropriating
This panel picks up where Patrick Quinn’s Society of the Spectacle presentation left off. Panelists will discuss culture jamming, copyright law, and how it relates to art making. Should artists be allowed to sample other artists’ work without permission? Three of the panelists were early members of the Negativland fan community Snuggles, which invented the act of “droplifting” a.k.a. sneaking homemade merchandise INTO retail stores. With Benjamin Berg, Pimpdaddysupreme, Matt Lane.

3:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Glitch Art / Dirty New Media Panel
Glitch art is, as its Wikipedia entry states, “the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other ‘bugs’, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices (for example by circuit bending).” The panelists will discuss glitch culture and “dirty new media,” an art movement that celebrates brokeness. Dirty New Media “catalyzes artists, critics, and audiences to ask important questions about the value of art as a commodity, the exclusionary power dynamics of art markets, and consumer computing within corporate cultures.” — Chicago Art Magazine. Come learn about these emerging art movements. With Patrick Quinn. Arik Vance, Benjamin Berg, Colin Diesh, Morgan Higby-Flowers.

4:00 PM to 4:50 PM
SynthTable First Look
The Nashville-based makers of the new instrument the SynthTable discuss the instrument’s origins and design as well as give a live demonstration. The SynthTable is simply a synthesizer inside the body of a turntable. With Black Cat Sylvester, Uglylovely, Clovis Winslow, Orig.

5:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Bending Visually
The panelists will discuss circuit bending devices in order to create visual art. Topics discussed might include glitching video game systems, no-input video mixing, and hacking Wi-motes and Xbox Kinects. With Colin Diesh, Devin Bell, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger.


11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Knew Beat Demonstration
Knew Beat allows ANY person to compose, conduct & arrange music through the use of several controllers: 1. An electromagnetic 3-d field where the different points act as ‘play’ buttons. 2. A brainwave sensor that converts your brain waves into MIDI & runs them through music production software. 3. The human heart beat acts as the conductor through a MIDI interface. Chris Richards from Knew Beat will hook (willing) participants up to perform a live symphony based on their brainwaves, movements & heartbeats. A small (but effective) LED system will correspond directly to the sound created by our guest composers. With Chris Richards.

12:00 PM to 12:50 PM
Making Music by Code Alone
Any set of numbers can be turned into sound or vision with the right code. Mike Hester will show you how a picture file (or ANY file) can be turned into sound using code. This presentation will be taught at a level where coding novices with some basic math skills can understand the logic, with the hope that more advanced coders grasp the idea and start making sounds for themselves. With Mike Hester.

1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
Structural Biases in Local Show Booking
This panel explores diversity within the experimental and electronic music and arts communities. Potential topics include creating a feeling a safety for LGBTQI performers and audiences, the dynamics involved in ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities, and implicit structural biases in festival/conference bookers against women, people of color, people with disabilities, transgender people, and other groups. How can local fests (including CBB) do better with these issues in future editions? With Kathryn Edwards, Kale Edmiston, Paul Horton, Virginia Griswold, David Wright Lagrone.

2:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Chiptune Panel.
This panel explores the underground sound art genre known as chiptune. Chiptune artists use vintage computers, video game systems, and “emulators” to create 8-bit compositions. 5 chiptune artists will discuss the history of the genre, the methodology, the various homebrew music-making game cartridges for the Nintendo Gameboy, and how you can create your own chiptune music. After a short break, the five chiptune artists will perform. With Ben Marcanel, Tim Carey, Dylan Ethier, Frank Angotti, Arnie Holder.