Mad Scientists of Music – Episode 3 – ‘Taking Toys Apart’

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Episode 3 – ‘Taking Toys Apart

Episode 3 – ‘Taking Toys Apart’

Episode three takes a journey into the underground world of circuit bending. Circuit benders hack children’s toys and dissect cheap archaic electronics, to produce strange new instruments. Circuit bending lies at the intersection of instrument building, grass roots activism and psychedelia. Listeners will learn about the history of circuit bending, a hobby that grew out of the the microprocessor and psychedelic revolutions in the 1960’s; and how these technological and cultural movements fused into a kind of activist musicianship.

From the work of Reed Ghazala (creator of Circuit Bending) on, musical tinkerers have been antiestablishment figures – taking technology beyond its intended uses and in the process becoming outsider artists.

Andrew Edgar explains how geographical differences in the history of consumerism influenced the musical cultures of different countries – and how he views taking…

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Introducing Andrew Edgar

Andrew is one of our new members at A4 Towers. He is a founding member of Gamepak Collective and member of Open Learning Ireland so we are delighted to have him and his skills on board.

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“Andrew Edgar is a circuit-bender, audio experimentalist, self-taught electronic tinkerer, and irrepressible hoarder. In 2009 he co-founded the Gamepak Dublin chiptune/DIY-electronics collective, and is now also actively involved in the Open Learning Ireland alternative learning initiative.”