2014 Circuit Benders Ball

Final Day to Donate to the Circuit Benders’ Ball Kickstarter, Great Prizes Still Left!

Roth Mobot Circuit Bent Prayer Clock

Time is running out to donate to the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball Kickstarter campaign, which ends Thursday, March 20th at 1:47pm Central time. Lots of great prizes remain, including a tangible item mailing service in which artist Megan Kelley occasionally mails you custom swag for an indefinite amount of time ($100) and TWO toys circuit bent by Tom Stephenson of 2012 CBB headliner Roth Mobot ($150).

Tom bent these toys especially for CBB Kickstarter contributors, and he just posted demos!

First up is this positively evil bent prayer clock, absent a few heads.

And then there’s this bent “Baby Driver” toy that makes fantastic noises.

Both are still available at the time of this writing. The first to pledge $150 gets first pick. Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign and help us make this the best Ball yet!

2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball Seeking Sponsors

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The Circuit Benders’ Ball festival of free culture, art, music and the creative spirit is a labor of love. This year we received so many great applications from makers from around the globe that we’re considering expanding to an entire weekend of panels, workshops, art exhibits and performances. But in order to bring these artists to Nashville, we need your support.

Individuals can support the Ball by donating to our Kickstarter, which in just four days is halfway to our first goal.

Businesses can sponsor the Ball through a number of opportunities outlined below. If you have another idea in mind, let us know by contacting me at tony@theatreintangible.com, and we’ll work with you to create a custom sponsorship. Custom sponsorship ideas include providing equipment or concessions and underwriting a specific workshop, artist, or presentation.

We are also interested in teaming up with local universities and tech companies to sponsor specific artists. In this scenario, the artist would also lead a discussion, performance, and/or workshop at your school or business.

Your sponsorship dollars go toward:

  • Artist compensation and travelling expenses
  • Sponsoring Nashville Title I high school and middle school students to attend CBB workshops and presentations.

Below are the main funding levels.* Thank you for your consideration!

Presenting Sponsor – $2,000 to $5000 – 1 available

  • Designation as the“Presenting Sponsor” of the 2014 Nashville Circuit Benders’ Ball.
  • “Presented by” (your name and logo) on all advertising, social media, schedules, official program, and signage materials. Your business will be the first sponsor listed and in the biggest print.
  • License to use Circuit Benders’ Ball event logo and images for the your promotion, advertising, or other leverage activities.
  • One of the organizing directors will announce your name and thank you during the Ball
  • From this point forward, whenever we mention the Ball in print, we’ll say “The 2014 Nashville Circuit Benders’ Ball presented by (your name)”.
  • Booth space at the event which provides: demonstration, display, sampling and sales opportunities.
  • Link to sponsor’s homepage from the CircuitBendersBall.com and TheatreIntangible.com websites.
  • 12 free festival passes. (Excludes workshops, which have a separate fee.)
  • Acknowledgment during any pre and post Ball events.

Supporting Sponsors – $1000 to $1999 – 5 available

  • Designation as a “Supporting Sponsor” of the 2014 Nashville Circuit Benders’ Ball.
  • Your name and logo listed under “Supporting Sponsors” on all advertising, social media, schedules, official program, and signage materials. This tier will be listed in the second-biggest print directly under the Presenting Sponsor.
  • License to use Circuit Benders’ Ball event logo and images for the your promotion, advertising, or other leverage activities.
  • Booth space at the event which provides: demonstration, display, sampling and sales opportunities.
  • One of the organizing directors will announce your name and thank you during the Ball.
  • Link to sponsor’s homepage from the CircuitBendersBall.com and TheatreIntangible.com websites.
  • 7 free festival passes. (Excludes workshops, which have a separate fee.)
  • Acknowledgment during any pre and post Ball events.

Contributing Sponsors – $500 to $999 – 10 available

  • Designation as a “Contributing Sponsor” of the 2014 Nashville Circuit Benders’ Ball.
  • Your name and logo listed under “Contributing Sponsors” on all advertising, social media, schedules, official program, and signage materials. This tier will be listed in the third-biggest print under the Supporting Sponsors.
  • One of the organizing directors will announce your name and thank you during the Ball.
  • Link to sponsor’s homepage from the CircuitBendersBall.com and TheatreIntangible.com websites.
  • 4 free festival passes. (Excludes workshops, which have a separate fee.)

Friends of the Ball – $125 to $499 – Unlimited

  • Name recognition prior to the event in promotional and marketing materials including: CircuitBendersBall.com, TheatreIntangible.com and social media.
  • Your name (not logo) on main advertising, official program, and main signage materials. This tier will be listed under the Contributing Sponsors.
  • 2 free festival passes. (Excludes workshops, which have a separate fee.)

If you’re interested, contact me at tony@theatreintangible.com. We appreciate your support!

* Funding levels adapted from those of the 2013 Nashville Mini Maker Faire, an event I helped with.

2014 Nashville Circuit Benders’ Ball Kickstarter now LAUNCHED!

Patrick from Roth Mobot helps Brandon bend a guitar pedal at the 2012 Ball. Photo by Ryan Schemmel.

Patrick from Roth Mobot helps Brandon bend a guitar pedal at the 2012 Ball. Photo by Ryan Schemmel.

We just launched the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball Kickstarter. Help us bring artists from around the world!

We’re also seeking business partners to sponsor the Ball. Official sponsors get a “sponsored by” credit on all posters, press materials, websites and social messaging sites. Sponsors can also subsidize individual workshops and presentations. If your company is interested, contact me at tony@theatreintangible.com.

Circuit Benders’ Ball Applicants: Did You Receive An E-mail From Us?

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The submissions for the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball are in, and I just e-mailed all the applicants letting them know their proposal was received. If you applied but did not receive an e-mail, please contact me at tony@theatreintangible.com, and I’ll sort it out.

If you intended on submitting but let the deadline get away from you, contact me at the above e-mail. We’ll see what we can do.

2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball: Call for Participants!

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 The 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball is now accepting submissions! We’re looking for performers, live visual accompanists, multimedia artists, workshop instructors and speakers. The entry deadline is Sunday, February 9th at 11:59 p.m. To submit, fill out this short form.

The Circuit Benders’ Ball is a biennial celebration of hardware hacking, art, music and the creative spirit. The event will take place at Fort Houston in Nashville, TN on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. The Ball will feature (at least) two stages, ten or more performers, an interactive art gallery and electronic workshops. Learn more about the 2010 Circuit Bender’s Ball here and the 2012 Ball here.

The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Tony Youngblood, Geo Leonard, Josh Gumiela, Megan Kelly, and Stephen Zerne.

We want the Ball to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we’re working on drafting a strong anti-harassment policy (and subsequent staff training) to ensure that all performers and attendees feel safe and comfortable. We’re also doing everything we can to make sure the call goes out to a wider audience than just our social networks. Our previous CBBs were over-representative in straight white cisgender male performers, and we intend to work harder this year at recruiting more women, people of color, people with disabilities and people who are gay, bisexual, asexual, intersex or transgender. This doesn’t mean we’re discriminating against straight white dudes or selecting performers based on any of these characteristics. Rather, we’re attempting to confront implicit biases in ourselves and in the selection process that could discriminate against people with these or other characteristics.

Here are some guidelines on what we are looking for.

Music/Multimedia Performers

We’ll have at least two stages for quick turnover and short sets to make room for many artists. Sets should be approximately 15 minutes. (Longer for headliners.)

Performances should somehow involve circuit bending, instrument design or creative coding. You need not have built the machines yourself. Although experimental / non-rhythmic is our main focus, we’re also open to other genres. We’re also open to multimedia performances, dance, theatre, projection mapping and whatever you can dream up!

Live Visual Accompanists

One of the most talked-about aspects of the previous CBBs was the pairing of performers with visual artists. If you’re a filmmaker, lighting designer, or artist of any stripe, you can collaborate with a performer to mastermind a beautiful audio/visual synthesis.

Visual Artists

We’re looking for art to display in the CBB gallery. Art can be 2D, 3D, sculpture, interactive, film/video or installations. In keeping with the theme, the art should have an electronic or mechanical element. We love interactive devices that make light and/or sound! You can also show off some of your circuit-bent gear!

Workshop Instructors

For this year’s ball, we’re looking for simple, inexpensive workshops. For that reason, all workshops will cost $15 and last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Workshop teachers get $12.75 per student. Fort Houston gets the remainder. All materials and teacher fees must come out of the $12.75 per student. The challenge for the teachers is to pick a topic that doesn’t use expensive materials and doesn’t take longer than an hour and 15 minutes from start to finish. Examples of low cost workshops include paper circuits, paper automata and introductory courses to programs like PureData and Supercollider.

Keeping the class time short means we can program more workshops. Keeping the costs low means we can attract more students.

Workshop teachers must source all materials, except for materials provided by Fort Houston and the students.

Speakers/Panelists

We would love to add panel and presentations to this year’s event! Lead a discussion or join someone else’s.

Here’s an example of a panel topic a local bender submitted:

Towards a Circuit Bending Standardization: This panel explores developing a technical standard for circuit bending interface and controller design. Such a standard could benefit designers who aim to sell their innovative devices while making it easier for artists to assemble a fully interconnectable arsenal of circuit bent instruments without any electronics expertise.

Compensation:

The Circuit Benders’ Ball is a non-profit event created to educate, inspire, and connect. Soon, we’ll launch a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the event. All Kickstarter donations and ticket sales (after expenses) go to the artists, on a sliding scale, based on distance from Nashville. The farther you have to travel, the bigger piece of the pie you get. We may agree to a set guarantee for featured artist, to be decided. The more we make, the more the artists make. Not a dime goes to me or anyone on the organizing staff. More details coming soon.

Submit!

Apply to the Ball with this short form. The entry deadline is Sunday, February 9th at 11:59 p.m. In fairness to everyone, we won’t start assembling a lineup until the deadline has passed. Once we’ve assembled a lineup (approximately February 15th), we’ll seek confirmation with the artists we’ve picked. When everyone is confirmed, we’ll notify the artists who were not selected and then announce the lineup publicly. See you in April!