Class website for Hacking Audio Hardware.
View the Project on GitHub billythemusical/hacking-audio-hardware
Course Number: DM-GY 9103
Term: Fall 2021
Location: 370 Jay St, Room 308
Meeting Time: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:50pm
Instructor: Billy Bennett
Office Hours: calendar link
Course Website: https://billythemusical.github.io/hacking-audio-hardware
Syllabus: docs link - NYU only
Student Blogs: sheets link - NYU only
Assignments Page: link
Midterm Project: link
Final Project: link
Using the seminal book Handmade Electronic Music by Nicholas Collins as our guide, students will experiment building, modifying, hacking basic analog electronics and audio circuits in a hands-on environment. From opening up common battery-powered objects like toys and radios, we can gain strategic access to their circuit boards and change their intended behavior - for predictable and unpredictable outcomes. But it is almost always a satisfying endeavor.
Beginning with an introduction to these various DIY (Do-It-Yourself) practices, students advance quickly to building their own circuits with a minimum amount of electronic components. Many of the projects in this course center on common integrated circuits (aka: IC’s or microchips), which we will bend, break, and remake in order to create tools/instruments for sonic and aesthetic ends. Other topics covered include circuit sniffing, circuit bending, alternative speaker construction, and creative uses for transducers, magnetic tape heads, contact mics, radio receivers and transmitters, and magnetic pickups of various types.
Students that successfully complete this course will:
❗ ❗ ❗ Remeber we do not have class on Oct 12th. ❗ ❗ ❗
Handmade Electronic Music Video Tutorials - Many of our in-class workshops are covered here
Reed Ghazala’s Art of Circuit Bending - Lots of great and esoteric info on circuit bending and making and festooning your own enclosures
Circuit Benders UK - Tips for circuit bending and a lot of custom mods on common (and not-so-common) instruments.
Timers, Op Amps, and Optoelectronic Circuits & Projects by Forrest Mims - Great intro to electricity and electronics at the top. Many circuits utilizing the 555 timer IC and other components to make timers, oscillators, button debouncers, chirping devices, and more using op-amps and transistors.
The Art of the Creative Short Cicruit