Moog Music has announced the launch of its Annual Circuit Bending Challenge, offering benders, modders, and hardware hackers the chance to win free passes to Moogfest 2018.

Entrants are challenged to take a battery-powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 USD or less.

Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amplifiers, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father. The rest, as you know, is history.

Circuit-bending is a chance art form pioneered by Reed Ghazala in 1966 that combines design, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children’s toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design. Moog is proud to continue Reed’s tradition of chance electronic design via our yearly circuit-bending contest at Moogfest.

All entries must be uploaded by April 13, 2018. Three finalists will be chosen by Moog on April 16th, 2018. They will receive 2 passes to Moogfest 2018 where they will present their instruments in the finals of the Moog Circuit Bending Challenge.

The winner will be chosen on the final day of Moogfest 2018. The grand prize winner will receive a Moog Subsequent 37 paraphonic analog synthesizer.

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