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Circuit bent collection

From: Creative Inspirations: Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer

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Mark Mothersbaugh: My brother Jim, who used to be first the drummer in DEVO, stopped playing and became just kind of a mad scientist and he became something that later became known as circuit bending. Now, circuit bending is like a really big deal. You know, there are all these little instruments, that are made out of toys, re-purposed into like strange sounding devices. (Music playing) This instrument was made by somebody who calls himself Strange Pursuit, which I took as a compliment because there was a song I wrote back in 1980, 1979, 1980, somewhere in there.

Circuit bent collection

Mark Mothersbaugh: My brother Jim, who used to be first the drummer in DEVO, stopped playing and became just kind of a mad scientist and he became something that later became known as circuit bending. Now, circuit bending is like a really big deal. You know, there are all these little instruments, that are made out of toys, re-purposed into like strange sounding devices. (Music playing) This instrument was made by somebody who calls himself Strange Pursuit, which I took as a compliment because there was a song I wrote back in 1980, 1979, 1980, somewhere in there.

The instruments are like by these kids that you know are misunderstood. They are at home. They are like total nerd geeks that are like into electronics and sounds that you don't hear in pop music. (Music playing) I mean, come on! (Music playing) If these devices would have been happening back when I was a kid, I'd have been a very happy guy and I'd have been a part of this movement.

My brother Jim modified all of our synths for us. As a matter of fact, we had a couple of synths that we'd accidentally broken and part of his job when he went on tour with us-- when my brother was working for -- when he was no longer drumming. Now he's was our like mad scientist electronics guy. He'd be like, "Don't let the harp ever get fixed because that's the only way I can get that one sound for Pink Pussy Cat." Which is when you'd touch the keyboard and there would these two notes would play at the same time and they'll go Brr! in opposite directions.

So, part of his job was making sure that things stayed broken. Which is kind of what circuit bending is in a way, is breaking things in a creative fashion.

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