[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Michael E Caloroso mec.forumreader at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 02:15:47 CEST 2018

Bob Wilder said it best



On 6/3/18, matt holland <matt at mattholland.org> wrote:
> 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
> degrees.
> 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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