STEIM Circuitbending Workshop


on Saturday 11 May 2013

at: 16:45-17:00

Learn how to circuit bend and build your own experimental musical instruments.


In this workshop participants will be introduced to the basic principles and practices of circuit bending as well as other forms of creative electronics. We will talk about what to look for when opening circuits and how to find the best modifications as well as how to use the necessary tools correctly. Our goal is to guide every participant through the process of modifying a simple device successfully. We want everyone to leave with a new and fully functional instrument. Attendees MUST bring at least 3 circuits to work on!! Devices must be simple, battery powered and must make sound. Children’s toys work best. 

Topics we will cover include:
The information will be scaled to the interest and experience of the group. It can range from the basics of soldering to designing your own analog circuitry.

Identifying the basic layout and components of most electrical circuits.

How to do Circuit Bending safely.

Proper soldering practice.

Which circuits are best to modify and why.

Typical circuit modifications and how to implement them.


What is Circuit Bending?

Circuit bending is the art of creatively short circuiting audio electronics in order to uncover exciting new functionality and invent novel new musical interfaces. It is a fun and experimental process which is especially appealing to artists and musicians who wish to work with electronics but find the math and physics of traditional engineering unappealing. More info on circuit bending can be found here:

Date: May11th and 12th Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Cost: €80 
Teacher Speaks: English
Maximum number of participants: 15
Reserve a spot online through the registration link here no later than one week before the workshop!

Each attendee MUST bring at least 3 toys or simple electronic devices to be modified using. The device must run on batteries and must generate sound. Devices should also be inexpensive as it is very likely one of them will be destroyed  in the process of the workshop. 

No knowledge of electronics or special tools are necessary to participate in this workshop, although both will help! If you have a set of tools you like to use, bring them along!


Phil Stearns:

Creator of Year of the Glitch and Glitch Textiles projects, Phillip also teaches electronics at 3rd Ward, a creative resource and hub located in Brooklyn.

As an artist, his work deals with the idea of extension and expansion through hands on intervention.  Since 2007, he's led numerous workshops on Circuit Bending, Glitch Art, Electronic Design and Fabrication, Solar Electronics, Audio Amplification, and Homebrew Music Synthesis.

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Peter Edwards:

Peter Edwards has been circuit bending and designing electronic instruments for a living for over a decade through his business casperelectronics. ( Edwards has taught circuit bending workshops around the world and developed the Creative Electronics lab at Hampshire College in the United States where he taught circuit bending.