Wake up, Benders, Modders, and Hardware Hackers; it's time for the 7th annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge.

Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amplifiers, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father. The rest, as you know, is history.

Circuit-bending is a chance art form pioneered by Reed Ghazala in 1966 that combines design, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children's toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design. Moog is proud to continue Reed's tradition of chance electronic design via our yearly circuit-bending contest at Moogfest.

This Year’s Challenge

This year, Moog’s circuit bending contest challenges entrants to take a battery-powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.

Entrants will create and post videos on YouTube featuring their completed instruments and documenting the process of their creation. Moog will select three finalists and invite them to showcase their creations in Durham, NC at Moogfest, May 17-20, 2018, where judges will determine a winner of the contest.

Last year’s winner, The Zappotron, combined elements from old-school video game consoles, cassette players and analog sequencers to create an entirely new instrument with its own unique sounds.

Contest Rules

Contestants will circuit bend an existing device to create a unique musical instrument that can be easily recreated by others while following these guidelines:

● The device you bend must be battery-operated with a power no greater than 9 volts.
● Project must be completed for a total cost of $70 or less. This includes the device you bend and all parts you use to bend it.
● You’ll need to create a bill of materials, build instructions, and photos sequencing the build step by step.

Once you’ve created your instrument, create and upload a video to YouTube and title it "Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2018." Send an email with the subject “Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2018” to [email protected] with your bill of materials, photos, and the YouTube link to your entry. Your video will be evaluated by Moog and its staff, and three finalists will be chosen. Audio quality and concise editing will be taken into consideration. The better you document, the better we can judge. All entries must be uploaded by April 13, 2018.

The three finalists chosen by Moog on April 16, 2018 will receive (2) passes to Moogfest 2018 where they will present their instruments in the finals of the Moog Circuit Bending Challenge.

A winner will be chosen on the basis of reliable functionality, creativity, craftsmanship, artistic appearance, overall sound, and the popularity of the device with the public.

The winner will be chosen on the final day of Moogfest 2018. Official rules can be found here.

Grand Prize: Moog Subsequent 37
2nd Place: Mother-32 & DFAM
3rd Place: Minitaur

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