So, getting deeper into the Guitar Dog, I realized that I could simulate the same sensibilities of the Castro circuit board - in fact, there are far more options with the found object. Since I've already spent the money, and find this interesting, I'm going to attempt to identify the switches and bend them to create something worthwhile.
I've managed to find an interesting set of wires, so I twist the garbage braided copper wire in order to get some purchase.
Attempting to salvage the potentiometer from the volume control has proven fruitless, so I remove it completely. I want volume at max for fluctuations in conductivity to ring loud and true.
With my circuits settled, I start soldering the contact points together for a more consolidated circuit.
Cutting off the 20+ excess wires is a tiresome elimination process, but I end up with two contact points that I'm satisfied with. They'll be my bent circuit that I'll employ.
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Cracked the doggo-guitar open, who needs 3 AA batteries to run - at least I can't electrocute myself, maybe.
While the case itself is definitely caked in child-muck, it's fairly easy to get off. I have to stop playing with the damn thing long enough to focus. FOCUS, Kip, FOCUS.
The wires are everywhere, as you could see. Dismantling is taking hours, but helps me gain insights into the inner-workings of the toy. There are TONS of options, so I think perhaps a narrowing down of noises might be in store.
Potentiometer that I might be able to repurpose, but negotiates volume so I might just leave it. From the tutorials that I've looked at, potentiometers are the cornerstone of circuit bending.
After I have taken everything out of the toy, I realize I've made a rash mistake by not preserving the bent toy. I had to do some smashing to get things off, so keeping it in tact as an amateur bender would have been ideal, but, I AM an amateur. Also, I want to sculpt a body/in…
Circuit bending has proven to be a fun but challenging experiment. I've done some small breadboard tutorials concerning sound, and the principles are becoming clearer. For my TNM project, I want to do a sort of synthesis between my sculptural practice and electronics, so I'm thinking about a wooden base with metal rods jutting out of it in strange configurations.
I melted my breadboard with my IC somehow, so moving forward I'll have to be careful where I put my capacitors when it comes to experimentation. Touched base with a friend in NY who has experience bending devices, and, to reinforce the experimental nature of it he had no direct explanations as to why things did or didn't work - just that they did.
I think it brings up a good point about when are you truly experimenting? You're using tools and materials that others have designed, that billions of others have interacted with. The components on circuit bent tools work because they've been experimented wit…