Musical Instruments

The core of most of these items are modified circuits from children’s toys. In some cases custom built or found and unmodified circuits from other devices (such as audio amplifiers, timers or regulated power supplies) were added to expand a pieces’ functionality. Some pieces (such as the sequencers) do not incorporate any circuit bending at all and are built entirely from scratch.

I’ve always considered the form and visual presence of a piece to be as important as the functionality. A majority of the time dedicated to building these instruments is spent on designing cohesive, stylized control layouts and/or constructing specialized hardware and housings. I also enjoy adding purely aesthetic embellishments when time or budget allows. This is often done by carving designs into the housings with metal etching tools or by creating images with layers of cut away, colored vinyl.


If there is anything you would like to see, please feel free to leave your suggestions and comments below.

9 Responses to “Musical Instruments”

  • 1

    Keaton_Blue said:

    September 25th, 2009 at 8:06pm #

    I’m just curious as to if you have ever bent a Casio VL-Tone. I’d love to see your work on one! I can’t wait to implement some of your bends on a SK-1!

  • 2

    casper said:

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:59pm #

    Keaton. I just finished a VL tone last week. I’ll upload it with schematics soon.

  • 3

    Keaton_Blue said:

    October 4th, 2009 at 2:28pm #

    Awesome! I wait excitedly!

  • 4

    Ryan said:

    October 8th, 2009 at 6:36pm #

    Record some music from that beast of a machine. Sounds great. :D

  • 5

    Igor Amokian said:

    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:20pm #

    I recently saw Casperelectronic Live at REMAKE REMODEL in Long Beach California.
    COol show.Fan of your works and music.I saw you on the
    BEnt DVDs.
    Happy Holidays!
    Loud video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-maV1gTzFZs

  • 6

    casper said:

    March 7th, 2010 at 11:55am #

    @keaton. Here’s the VL-tone page:
    http://casperelectronics.com/finished-pieces/vl-tone/

  • 7

    Opik said:

    May 4th, 2010 at 2:07am #

    Im from Indonesia,and i really want bring this culture to my country.you are an avantgarde,i think

  • 8

    bottes vernies said:

    November 29th, 2010 at 3:24am #

    You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

  • 9

    Quinten said:

    January 5th, 2011 at 11:37am #

    Hey

    Just like to know if you bended an old RJP basic toy keyboard, Because i did one but it didn’t turn out the way i wanted. Not enough bending in the sounds, etc…

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