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Oct 172010

The Circuit Benders Ball is less than a week away. Here are some flyers and a press release. You can help by spreading them to the four corners of the Earth!

To apply for a press pass, send your credentials and a letter of intent to tony@theatreintangible.com. If you post a blog/article/podcast about the show and link our lineup page, I’ll put you on the guest list. Just send the link to the above e-mail.


Circuit Benders’ Ball
Open Lot | 1307 Jewell Street | Nashville, TN | 37207
Saturday October 23rd | Workshops 2pm-6pm | Performances 6:30pm -12:30am
All Ages | Festival Pass $10 | Free to Geek Media Expo Passholders | Workshops $15 each | Both Workshops + Festival Pass $30

Open Lot in association with Geek Media Expo and Theatre Intangible present the Circuit Benders’ Ball, a day-long celebration of the art of the bend. American artist Reed Ghazala accidentally discovered circuit bending in 1966 when a toy amplifier short circuited with his metal desk. Since then, circuit bending has become its own genre of visual and auditory art with masters such as Tim Kaiser and Thriftsore Boratorium advancing the field. The Circuit Benders’ Ball will feature two stages, eleven bands, an interactive art gallery, and two electronic workshops. The roster of talent includes Tim Kaiser, Thrifsore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, Dave X, Jeremy Walker, Robbie Hunsinger, and more. The festival is $10, and the workshops are $15 each. If you buy a ticket for both workshops, you get into the festival for free. Geek Media Expo passholders also get in for free.


The workshops at the Circuit Benders Ball are for all ages and all skill levels. These classes are a perfect introduction to electronics for children, students, and everyone! The classes have limited seating and will fill up fast. To reserve your spot, send an e-mail to tony@theatreintangible.com. Specify which class(es) you want and how many spots you want to reserve.

Make Your Own Contact Mic w/ CMKT4 2pm-3:30pm $15

If you’ve ever frequented GetLoFi.com, then you’ve probably seen the famous bottle-cap contact mic. The mic’s creators will guide you in making your own, using their newly unveiled contact mic kit. Purchase additional kits for just $10 and take your creations home with you!

Circuit Bending 101 w/ Cincinatti’s Thriftsore Boratorium 4pm-6pm $10-$15

Don’t know one end of a soldering iron from another? Mark and Karl from the Cincinnati hackerspace Thriftsore Boratorium will show you how to make your electronic toys howl, squelch, sputter, and sing. The workshop is absolutely essential for beginners with enough fresh insights to make it worthwhile for the experienced bender. Learn soldering/bending tips, how to scope our your local thrift stores, what make the best bending candidates, and more. For $15, we will provide all the equipment you need, including components soldering tools. After the workshop, you get to keep your newly-bent bent toy!

Bring your own toy and electronics and pay only $10.

With performances by

Tim Kaiser, Thriftsore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, DaveX, Jeremy Walker, Robbie Hunsinger, Theatre Intangible LIVE, Freya West Electric Burlesque w/ Score by Aaron Doenges, and The Blight Side of Life.

Cancellations: Mallachio, Aether Jag.

Visual Art & Video Projections by

Derek Schartung, Sabine Schlunk, Kelli Shay Hix, Austin Alexander, Alex Wolfe, Anderson Cook, Matt Christy, Tim Kaiser, CMKT4, Patricia Earnhardt, Devin Lamp, Thriftsore Boratorium, William Davis, Devin Bell, Jeremy Walker, Ben Marcantel.

Bios, links, and more information available at the official page.