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Reed Ghazala, the Father of Circuit Bending: Sound Builders

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Published on Jul 31, 2014

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Listen up: We're running a special rebroadcast of the first season of Sound Builders, our show about noise (and the people rethinking how to make it), all week on Motherboard. We hope it tides you over until the forthcoming season of Sound Builders, which you can catch on Motherboard next month.

First, let's revisit Reed Ghazala, who's been called the father of circuit bending.

"I've been accused of starting the first electronic art movement," Ghazala told us back in 2010. "If that's true, that was better than the other things I could've done."

Clad entirely in purple, a sort of modular J. Mascis, Ghazala would show us his boyhood home in suburban Cincinnati—where the chance-driven sound generating technique was born in the late 1960s—before we holed up at his Anti-Theory Workshop on the other side of town. There, he played our flesh (seriously) and an array of other manipulated consumer electronics, all blipping and blorping to the rush of simply not knowing what you're going to get when you bend, say, a children's toy radio.

Stay tuned for the premiere of Sound Builders season two right here on Motherboard.

Watch More Sound Builders:

Watch Psych-Pop Duo Peaking Lights Make Sound Waves with Recycled Electronics: http://bit.ly/WLJ0Rh
Watch Sound Designer Diego Stocco Build a 'Mad Mac'-Style Bass With Pipes: http://bit.ly/1zw8QGx
Reed Ghazala, the Father of Circuit Bending: http://bit.ly/1uPrlqt
This Robotic Guitar Looks Nothing Like a Robot or a Guitar (But It Still Shreds): http://bit.ly/1xZ8S75
This Is What an Underwater Pipe Organ Sounds Like: http://bit.ly/1pAHieX
The Fine Art of Turning (Toy) Weapons Into Guitars: http://bit.ly/1o9Hdk3

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