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Circuit Benders Ball Nashville is a one-day festival featuring circuit bent music, workshops, and art.
Circuit Benders Ball Nashville is a one-day festival featuring circuit bent music, workshops, and art.
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What is Circuit Bending?

"Circuit Bending is the creative recycling of common discarded technology, often children's toys, by opening the device and soldering in new connections to create unique musical and video instruments." - Roth Mobot

What makes circuit bending so cool is that ANYONE can do it! All you need is curiosity, a screwdriver, and a willingness to experiment. Circuit bending is a gateway into electronics, art, music, and making!

What is the Circuit Benders' Ball Nashville?

The Circuit Benders’ Ball is a daylong symposium dedicated to the art of the bend, taking place on Saturday, September, 29th. It will feature two stages, over a dozen performers, an interactive art gallery, and workshops. Workshops 10am-7pm. Music 8pm-1am. Our inspirations are the multi-city Bent Festival, The Fuse Factory in Columbus, OH, the eSymposium in Chicago, Illinois, and, of course, Reed Ghazala, the father of circuit-bending!

We have invited circuit bent artists from Tennessee and beyond to perform and lead electronic workshops. The afternoon workshops are open to all ages and all levels of experience. In the evening, experimental musicians and sound artists will perform with circuit bent instruments, custom-made electronics, and/or battery-powered electronic devices. Genres will range from ambient soundscapes to aleatoric noise to EDM influenced grooves.

So: if you are into (or merely curious about) experimental music, making, electronics, art, DIY, hacking, and sonic mayhem, this event is for you!

The all-day event will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at Brick Factory Nashville, a hackerspace, community workshop, educational facility, art gallery, and performance space.

Performers

  • Roth Mobot - Chicago
  • Blight Side of Life - Nashville
  • Brain Lesion - Murfreesboro, TN
  • Elegant Bassterds (Ben Marcantel and Derek Schartung) - Nashville
  • Josh Gumiela, Kelli Shay Hix, Lucas McCallister - Nashville
  • Hadals - Nashville, TN / Montgomery, AL
  • Joey Molinaro - New York City
  • Nashville Robotic Philharmonic - DeKalb, IL
  • Pimpdaddysupreme - Nashville
  • Pineapple Explode - Nashville
  • Posttaste - Nashville
  • Teletron Orchestra - Nashville / Murfreesboro

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We Can't Do This Without You!

The CBB is a nonprofit festival. The staff volunteer their time and energy with no monetary compensation. In order to attract the best and brightest in the Circuit Bending community from all over the United States, we need your financial support. All donations will go toward artist compensation, advertising, set decoration, and workshop materials. The more donations we generate, the bigger and better the festival! Show your support by donating!

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More info at www.circuitbendersball.com.

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    A personalized thank you on TheatreIntangible.com, CircuitBendersBall.com, and the Facebook CBB page, plus our undying gratitude for your contribution!

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    Admission to the 2012 Circuit Benders' Ball music performances from 8pm to show close (a $15 value) plus all rewards from the previous award limits!

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    A cd or tape from one of the CBB participants, including Robbie Hunsinger, Tony Youngblood, Brain Lesion, and more, plus all rewards from the previous award limit. (You may request which tape or cd, but due to limited availability, we can not guarantee you will get your first choice.)

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    VIP Admission to the 2012 Circuit Benders' Ball and a special handmade VIP badge, featuring an LED light and to-be-announced coolness. VIP access gets you into the artist green room full of free drinks and munchies. Those who can't attend can request an additional album from above instead of the VIP badge. Plus all rewards from the previous award limit. (Please note the VIP badge is an upgrade from the ticket offered in the $15 limit, not a separate ticket.)

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    1 Ticket to Workshop "Introduction to Circuit Bending with Roth Mobot" 2pm-5pm, September 29th at Brick Factory Nashville. See link below for details. You also get a Circuit Benders' Ball t-shirt designed by Rachel Briggs, AND a personalized thank you on TheatreIntangible.com, CircuitBendersBall.com and the Facebook CBB page, AND a thank you spoken on the Theatre Intangible podcast covering the Circuit Benders' Ball. NOTE: THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS LIMITS! HIGHER REWARD LIMITS DO NOT INCLUDE THIS REWARD! Ticket to the music portion of the event NOT included. Combine this with $15 reward above to get the workshop and a music portion ticket.

    Workshop details here: http://www.theskillery.com/classes/introduction-to-circuit-bending-with-roth-mobot

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    1 Ticket to Workshop "Build a Buckawatt Bend-a-Boost Modular Boost Kit" 5:30pm-7pm, September 29th at Brick Factory Nashville. See link below for details. You also get a Circuit Benders' Ball t-shirt designed by Rachel Briggs, AND a personalized thank you on TheatreIntangible.com, CircuitBendersBall.com and the Facebook CBB page, AND a thank you spoken on the Theatre Intangible podcast covering the Circuit Benders' Ball. NOTE: THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS LIMITS! HIGHER REWARD LIMITS DO NOT INCLUDE THIS REWARD! Ticket to the music portion of the event NOT included. Combine this with $15 reward above to get the workshop and a music portion ticket.

    Workshop details here: http://www.theskillery.com/classes/build-a-buckawatt-bend-a-boost-modular-boost-kit

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    A gorgeous, extremely-limited-edition t-shirt featuring the 2012 Circuit Benders' Ball logo designed by Rachel Briggs (Old Crow Medicine Show, Caitlin Rose, American Songwriter Magazine). Please specify men's or women's and small, medium, large, or extra-large. Plus all rewards from the previous award limit.

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    1 Ticket to Workshop "Chip to be Square: Build Your Own Synthesizer" 10am-1pm, September 29th at Brick Factory Nashville. See link below for details. You also get a Circuit Benders' Ball t-shirt designed by Rachel Briggs, AND a personalized thank you on TheatreIntangible.com, CircuitBendersBall.com and the Facebook CBB page, AND a thank you spoken on the Theatre Intangible podcast covering the Circuit Benders' Ball. NOTE: THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS LIMITS! HIGHER REWARD LIMITS DO NOT INCLUDE THIS REWARD! Ticket to the music portion of the event NOT included. Combine this with $15 reward above to get the workshop and a music portion ticket.

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    A gorgeous, extremely-limited-edition t-shirt featuring the 2012 Circuit Benders' Ball logo designed by Rachel Briggs (Old Crow Medicine Show, Caitlin Rose, American Songwriter Magazine). Please specify men's or women's and small, medium, large, or extra-large. Plus all rewards from the previous award limit including Benders' Ball VIP badge. Excluding Workshop rewards.

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    11"X17" Circuit Benders' Ball poster designed by Rachel Briggs (Old Crow Medicine Show, Caitlin Rose, American Songwriter Magazine) SIGNED by the artist and as many of the performers as we can get. Limited edition of 50. Plus all rewards from the previous award limit excluding workshop rewards.

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    Your choice of CD-R or MP3 download of every 2012 Benders' Ball performance (over three hours of audio!) BEFORE they go on sale to the general public at $25.

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    1 Ticket to ALL THREE WORKSHOPS! "Chip to be Square: Build Your Own Synthesizer," "Introduction to Circuit Bending with Roth Mobot," "Build a Buckawatt Bend-a-Boost Modular Boost Kit." See links below for details.

    You also get VIP Admission to the 8pm music portion of the Circuit Benders' Ball, which includes a handmade LED badge, and unlimited drinks and snacks.

    You also get a Circuit Benders' Ball t-shirt designed by Rachel Briggs, AND a personalized thank you on TheatreIntangible.com, CircuitBendersBall.com and the Facebook CBB page, AND a thank you spoken on the Theatre Intangible podcast covering the Circuit Benders' Ball.

    NOTE: THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS LIMITS! HIGHER REWARD LIMITS DO NOT INCLUDE THIS REWARD! Workshop details here:
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    http://www.theskillery.com/classes/introduction-to-circuit-bending-with-roth-mobot
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    "Super Mystery One-of-a-Kind Art Object" by one of the CBB artists. The piece may be a painting, a sculpture, mixed media, who knows??? Signed by the artist. Plus all rewards from previous award limits, excluding Workshop rewards, and Benton Bainbridge/Tony Youngblood video. And we will love you forever!

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    Original VHS tape from video artist Benton C Bainbridge's Seedspace Gallery exhibit "Super Long Play!". Each of these 7 orange 15-minute tapes is a collaboration with Circuit Benders' Ball founder Tony Youngblood. The pair recorded a video/sound collaboration directly on the master tape you'll be getting. You'll have the only hard-copy in existence! Signed by both artists.
    More info at http://bit.ly/TeM6Xu

    Plus all rewards from previous award limits, excluding Workshop rewards, "Super Mystery One-of-a-Kind Art Object." And we will love you forever!

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    "One-of-a-kind Sound Sculpture" built by Josh Gumiela (valued at approx. $100) plus all rewards from previous award limits, excluding Workshop rewards, "Super Mystery One-of-a-Kind art object" and Benton Bainbridge video. And we will love you forever!

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