[sdiy] History of SDIY?

matt holland matt at mattholland.org
Mon Jun 4 01:40:17 CEST 2018

whoa whoa whoa there!

if mucking around with furby guts isn't circuit bending i honestly don't
know what is.

all a bending target needs to do is make sound (or potentially make sound).
it doesn't need to be an instrument. the very first thing i bent was a
talking plushy version of the ufo grabber alien from toy story. all it did
was say lines from the movie when you squeezed it. i barely knew what i was
doing then and you're telling me i was "hacking"?

Your definition of bending is correct (imo of course) otherwise and I would
suggest that there is a continuum between "i have no idea what i'm doing"
circuit bending to modding (i vaguely recall this term being preferred in
the early 2000s bending scene) which implies that you do (but it's still
circuit bending if you know what you're doing because it's all in the same
spirit of repurposing cheap stuff/toys and making it more interesting).

if left untreated these activities may lead to electrical engineering

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:46 PM, <rsdio at audiobanshee.com> wrote:

> On Jun 2, 2018, at 4:43 AM, john slee <indigoid at oldcorollas.org> wrote:
> > Does the SDIY Supreme Council approve of the below (IMO glorious)
> creation?:
> >
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYLBjScgb7o
> >
> > John
> That, sir, is called “hacking” - not DIY (or Synth DIY). It’s not
> “bending,” either, because the furby is not a musical instrument.
> It seems that DIY includes kit building as well as home-grown PCB etching,
> and I personally believe that DIY also includes “invention” of new circuits
> so long as it’s done for your own use.
> Hacking and bending are different activities. Hacking is where you
> reverse-engineer - partially or completely - how something works and then
> alter its behavior to your own, new purposes. e.g. Turning a PG-300 into a
> generic MIDI CC control surface.
> Bending is where you start with a cheesy electronic musical instrument
> that you have no idea how it works, and you start poking live wires into
> the exposed circuitry until something interesting happens. Often, the whole
> thing goes up in smoke, but since it was a cheap, plastic, toy synth from a
> garage sale then nobody cares.
> I like helping the “bender” types figure out what they’re actually doing
> to the circuit so that a more controlled circuit modification can be
> designed. Sort of half way between hacking and bending.
> Brian
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