Sunday, September 8, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Bent Casio MT-35



Some things are in keyboard operate predictably, like the tempo, volume and accompany volume sliders. All of those are still in tact, but the tempo knob has surprises. It does increase tempo but I've also altered the circuit so that the tempo knob seems to work in overdrive, and it also has an interesting and chaotic bit crushing effect, and it's bit rate and resolution is effected as the tempo knob goes up and down. Choosing your instruments can get wonky in a lot of the modes (toggle position combinations), and so can playing the actual keys. In some of the modes, mashing certain keys can give you some cool buzzes and clicks and blips. Holding the keys down where all of the toggles are down, and then flipping one or more of the toggles can sometimes carry but alter) the keys you are still holding down. This doesn't necessarily happen if you switch toggles from off to on and then hold down keys. Yea, circuit-bending really scrambles the brains of electronics.

The basic reason that this thing rocks is because of the way it scrambles and glitches the rhythms and demos. That may not sound like loads of fun but you're wrong. The possibilities are endless. Especially when you get flickin with the toggles and utilize mode combinations. Some of the rhythms, especially when the tempo knob is down, are really weird and syncopated funny. Plus! Running this keyboard through effects pedals is fun. Some delay, especially reverse delay, or pitch shifting, especially paired with a distortion pedal to blow out the more quiet frequencies, and looping pieces of the glitched jams, etc. is all going to turn you into some sort of space wizard. I'm SURE of it. Also, you can use this keyboard normally when all of the added toggle switches are down/off.

P.S. Super creepy, epically gorgeous ceramic kitten not included!

P.S.S. Power supply not included! However it's a standard DC 7.5 volt power supply that is needed. Well, that's not such a standard power supply like the 9v, but you can still find these. The coolest thing to do is search for a cheap multi-voltage, multi-plug power supply. Then you can use it for this keyboard and a zillion other things. You can never have enough of those. But as far as buying one, they are available on the internet. Just search for the regular power supply that comes with a regular Casio MT-35 and a bunch of other Casio keyboards out there. You'll find one easy. It also works on 4 AA batteries, also not included. However, because of the bends, a dying battery or two will cause the sounds to change slightly...which is actually really cool, and can give you some really awesome effects.

P.P.P.P.P.S.S. I am available for commissioned work! Send me your little cheapo keyboard and I'll give it a good ol' dose of electronic drugs for ya. Contact me.

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Synth Box

Built this a while back, sold it to someone named James Tingle. It's a synth box type thing made from an MXR Phase 90.

I am almost caught up with my to-do list as far as electronic projects. I am taking on new projects. Please let me know if you'd like me to make something for you.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Pedal 1 belongs to Ben from Gorgonized Dorks. Pedal 2 belongs to Eric Trude of Stress Orphan. I sold number 3 to Jimmy Maguts. All three were custom projects. The third pedal was all prettied-up. This photo was taken before the retainer case was attached to the pedal. SEND ME YOUR PEDAL, LET ME RUIN IT FOR MONEY.

Monday, November 5, 2012


There's no reason for the name besides the sticker I cut up and put on the top.

This was an Ibanez sound take distortion. Now it's a box full of bees buzzing and high squeals. There are obvious sweet spots with the knobs. It's best to work with the volume and the distortion levels and see how they interact with each other. The pedal is a sound-maker on it's own, but using this in feedback loops is ESPECIALLY fun. Either way, it will give you a lot of possibilities.

The sound clip is once through just dry, pure pedal. The second clip is the same exact thing but with some delay and reverb on it, so you can hear how the pedal can nicely drone and also do some crazy stuff.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Dirty Rotten Scalpel

I first tried to create a solid internal feedback loop and go from there, but the technology crammed in some of these things make altering the circuit pretty difficult. I was able to make two alterations that make this thing squeal and sputter pretty nastily as long as you have it in a feedback loop. Preferably a mixer feedback loop, or at least one with an EQ pedal. Testing the volume and gain knobs on the pedal with an EQ in the loop is what brings this to life. You'll get the most "action"when the pedal's knobs aren't up all the way and you are not feeding the signal chain a ton of the pedal's signal. Basically, you can experiment on your own, but after messing with this thing for an hour, I've found it's sweet spots. Which you can do as well. It will generate sound without an input but it's basically just hiss or a boring oscillation tone.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


This thing is nuts. Each toggle and the button do a lot. So do the original volume and drive knobs on the pedal. I haven't tried it in a feedback loop. The sound clip is the pedal alone. The sound clip sort of speaks for itself since I can't really sum of the variety of sounds you can get out of this thing. Mostly in the high range, though.



This is a one-off for my friend Andrew Pigue. I recorded a video demo but I lost it somehow. Screw it. Just listen to the sound clip. Look at the  description to see exactly which mode is toggled when, and when the feedback loop is switched on.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


This one is entirely not interesting. It only really produces one kind of sound. I wired it to the LED. Click on the sample to hear it. It looks bad-ass though. If you want people to think you're a total nerd, you should buy this. Or you could get super creative with it and run it through a cool effects chain.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Squeaky Universe

This was a DOD envelope filter. 4 toggles, one of which is a 3-way. It sounds absolutely nothing like it originally did. All sorts of squeals, clicks, pops, etc. The sound sample is the pedal in a CTRL room > mixer channel feedback loop. The sensitivity and range knob work quite well with the toggles. The third toggle's affect is very subtle and is really only apparent with certain settings.

The complete fucking morons at Mediafire deleted my sound sample MP3 of this pedal because it somehow violated some terms of service. What in the living hell? Anyway, about a minute into this video you can hear this pedal at work. It's mixed in with other stuff so I know it's not very discernable. But you'll hear the kind of stuff this pedal can do.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Sore Soarer

Here is an awesome device that requires no input or feedback loop. In fact, if can be used in a feedback loop but it's fairly uninteresting without being processed by anything. By itself, it is sort of similar to the Bit Swash I posted on here a long time ago. You can hear it's flanger-like tendencies in the cycle. It's a droner and doesn't really glitch or sputter. Just long, harsh oscillations that move as fast as you have the speed set. I prefer the speed all the way down. Each toggle combination is a different kind of soaring group of frequencies. When a toggle is flipped, the cycle often starts over and it sounds really cool. Like a super loud, robotic plane taking off.