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28 August 2011 | 11:00 - 16:00 | Workshop | €30 (presale)

Drive-By Workshop
Advanced Circuit Bending with Arduino

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You've hacked an old casio keyboard or built a basic oscillator circuit. You've gotten some incredible sounds. Now wouldn't it be great to be able to control those sounds with all the precision of a digital sequencer? In this Drive-By workshop, Casperelectronics founder Pete Edwards will show you how to use the Arduino micro controller as a digital sequencer for precise control over simple electronics.

This will be a hands-on hardware workshop with a focus on identifying and modifying elements of simple electronics which can be controlled by the low power digital signals of the Arduino. The applications for this approach are as diverse as the creative interests of the participants. We will be talking a lot about using this technique for music production and rhythm sequencing, but please feel free to bring your own artistic ideas to the class for discussion!

Participants will leave this class with an electronic device modified to be interfaced with an Arduino. They will also leave with a solid understanding of a relatively simple but very powerful technique for modifying electronics. If the participant brings their own Arduino, they will also leave with a programmed micro controller.


Arduino sequencing in action on YouTube


Date: Sunday August 28, 2011
Time: 11:00 - 16:00 (lunch break at 13h)
Cost: €30 presale, €40 at the door
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
Maximum number of participants: 15
Reserve a spot online through the registration link above!

No prior electronics experience is necessary for this workshop. This will be primarily a hardware workshop and we will not be focusing extensively on programming methods. Pre-written Arduino code will be available, although modification will most likely need to be made depending on the application and target circuit. Some basic experience working with and programming Arduino is highly recommended. The Arduino website has some great guides on getting started here:

This workshop is especially well suited for circuit benders, as it provides a "best of both worlds" approach that leverages all the benefits of digital electronics without sacrificing the depth and complexity of sound found in circuit-bent electronics. That being said, circuit bending knowledge (or interest) is not necessary. The techniques of this workshop extend far beyond circuit bending and will allow you to control any analog circuit digitally.


Some materials and simple hardware will be available, but each participant must bring:

  • at least 2 electronic devices to be modified. Standard rules for circuit bending apply: these should be battery powered electronics that make sound (or visuals/lighting/etc..), and be cheap and simple. If you have questions about what kind of devices to bring please email Peter at pete[at]
  • an Arduino micro controller
  • a breadboard
  • a computer with a working version of the Arduino IDE installed (we will not spend class time setting up software so please have it working beforehand)

We strongly encourage you to bring some basic electronics tools as well.


STEIM has a limited number of computers, Arduinos, and breadboards available for use on a first-come first-serve basis. Please let us know if you'd like us to provide these for you by sending an email to knock[at]

If you don't already own an Arduino and would like to purchase your own for the workshop (a good idea, they're fun to have, trust us!) you can get a board online via the following links.

Arduino board -
Breadboard -
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Peter Edwards is an American artist, musician, and teacher. He has been exploring the field of circuit bending and musical electronics since 2000 through his business Casperelectronics. He performs regularly under the same name.

Edwards has performed, taught workshops and spoken on the topic of circuit bending and creative electronics at Universities across the US and at new media festivals around the world including The Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway), Mal Au Pixel (Paris, France) The OFFF Festival (Paris, France), Sequences Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Bent Festival (New York & LA, USA).


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