Circuitbending and Instrument Building workshop

At SOTU Festival

11 May 2013
12 May 2013

A two-day hands-on workshop with master electronic artists Phil Stearns (Year of the Glitch) and Peter Edwards (Casperelectronics)


hand made electronic instruments -

Registration must be made for this workshop in advanced. More info and online registration can be found at

Just in time for the Queensday flea markets, STEIM is teaming up with the Sounds of the Underground festival to bring you a two-day intensive workshop on learning to create hand-made electronic instruments by hacking old toys, radios, and other sound-making devices. We’re especially happy to have as teachers two of the most preeminent hand-made electronic music experts around, Phil Stearns and Peter Edwards (Casperelectronics).

In this workshop participants will be introduced to the basic principles and practices of circuit bending as well as other forms of creative electronics. We will talk about what to look for when opening circuits and how to find the best modifications as well as how to use the necessary tools correctly. Our goal is to guide every participant through the process of modifying a simple device successfully. We want everyone to leave with a new and fully functional instrument. Attendees MUST bring at least 3 circuits to work on!! Devices must be simple, battery powered and must already make some sound. Children’s toys work best.

The topics and information in the workshop will be fit to the interest and experience levels of the group. We can cover the whole range of electronic instrument making from the basics of soldering all the way up designing your own custom analog sound circuitry.

A bare minimum of topics we expect to cover include:

Identifying the basic layout and components of most electrical circuits.
How to do Circuit Bending safely.
Proper soldering practice.
Which circuits are best to modify and why.
Typical circuit modifications and how to implement them.


DATE: 11-12 May, 2013
TIME: 12:00 – 17:00 both days
COST: €80
LOCATION: OT301, Overtoom 301, 1054HW Amsterdam
Teachers Speaks: English
Payment must be paid in exact cash at the start of the workshop.
Reserve a spot via the registration link at