Circuit Bending 101 @ Meshed Media


Learn how to add extra wiring to battery-operated toys to make them bleep with anticipation, howl with excitement and transcend their blinky light allowance at this workshop led by Nikki Pugh and hosted by Meshed Media

Saturday November 27th, 11:00 – 5:30

£30, includes instruction, materials for three projects and some food. Payment is in advance via PayPal (you can pay by card if you don’t have a PayPal account).

Meshed Media, Studio 39, Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE [map]. Come to the side door on Floodgate Street from 10:40

Tickets have all sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list in case there are any cancellations.

Over three projects we will learn the basics of circuit bending – modifying the circuits in battery-operated toys to produce new sounds:

  • Use potentiometers and light dependent resistors to change speed and pitch
  • Add in blinky lights
  • Use short circuits to distort sounds
  • Add body contacts to distort sounds
  • Loop sounds
  • Add audio output sockets so you can make those distorted bleepy noises LOUDER

Watch the video of the three things we will make.

The workshop includes instruction (we’ll teach you how to solder if you don’t already know), all the materials you need (feel free to bring your own soldering equipment and wire cutters etc if you don’t want to share) and some food (make sure you let us know of any dietary requirements).

Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Be aware that we’ll be using soldering irons and power tools so it’s not very suitable for little ‘uns.

The workshop will be led by Nikki Pugh: freelance artist and part of the core team at Birmingham hackspace fizzPOP. Turns out she’s also rather fond of strange bleepy noises…

If you have any queries, please use the contact form on this page.

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