Enter the Third Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge feat. The Moog Google Doodle!

Wake up, Benders, Modders, and Hardware Hackers; it's time for the third annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge! This year, we were so inspired by Google's amazing tribute to Bob Moog with the groundbreaking Moog Doodle, we've decided to incorporate it into the festivities. 

Here's what you need to know: This year's contest is to create a circuit bent sampler. Film your bend process and a musical performance with your final creation. The device you bend does not have to originally be a sampler, it just needs to be able to sample external sounds after the bends and mods have been put in place & it must be able to take samples on the fly with no computer interface needed. Also, the sampler must be solely populated with sounds from Google's amazing Moog Doodle. Get the Doodle here

To Enter:

1. Pick the device you want to bend. It can be a sampler, or you can modify it to become one.  At the end of the day, it needs to be able to take samples on the fly.

2. Bend it. If you don't know what that means, Google it.

3. Video document the evolution of your bend, the sampling process  and the outcome.  Strive for good quality audio in your video. The better you document, the better we can judge. All videos must be uploaded by MIDNIGHT EST on September 24th.

4. Upload the video to YouTube and title it "Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2012."

5. Send an email with the subject Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2012 to [email protected] with the YouTube links to your entry. 


The top 3 entries (Finalists) as chosen by the esteemed panel of judges on September 28, 2012 will receive (2) passes to Moogfest 2012, as well as a Moog merch package. At Moogfest the finalists will showcase their creations inside the Moog Factory, where they will have access to the entire Moog catalog of instruments to use with their bent sampler. 

The finalists' entries will be on display at the Moog Factory throughout Moogfest 2012,  for attendees to play. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite entry, and feedback from the public will be a factor in the judges final decision on the winner.    

The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Joey Hurst (Google Engineer), Ryan Germick (Head Google Doodler) and Andy Hughes (Moog Custom Mod Specialist).  Winner will be chosen on the basis of reliable functionality, creativity, craftmanship, artistic appearance, overall sound, unique interface, and the popularity of the device with the public. The winner will be chosen on the final day of Moogfest 2012.

Grand Prize: Minimoog Voyager Performer Ed.

2nd Place: Little Phatty

3rd Place: Minitaur

See full contest rules here.

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