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Reverse Engineering

NEW MEDIA

weapons into instruments

 turntable bike

musical swings

OLD MEDIA

everything is incredible

organic mechanic

Shigeo Fukada

steamroller music box

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4 Responses to “j’s Presentation”

  1. Augmentationist Interanational Says:

    Disarm rocks! Literally. Awesome assortment of work J.

  2. Augmentationist Interanational Says:

    Can I ask each of you to consider how you might reverse engineer either the technology or the ideology of your artistic practice?

  3. loudonstearns Says:

    Among electronic musicians this is called “circuit bending” and the practice has a huge and quickly growing population. Here is a pretty sophisticated example of a circuit bent “speak and spell” (a standard beginning for the budding circuit bender): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W_RumchzAk

    The practice of circuit bending is getting so big that Moog(arguably the most important synth company in the world) holds a circuit bending competition, and the winners have created some truly extraordinary musical instruments by bending other devices into their purposes: http://www.moogmusic.com/news/moog-circuit-bending-challenge-finalists

  4. loudonstearns Says:

    Toward the end of the article “reverse engineering” is expanded beyond technological artifacts to a broader context. And, the phrase begins to include all forms of appropriation. I wonder if that broader sense of the word is actually useful. I would prefer to limit the definition of “reverse engineering” to the analysis and experimentation required to understand the original technological artifact. That act is defiant, it is a cry against the intellectual property hoarders who stymie innovation for personal gain. What is done with the information garnered through the reverse engineering process, I would say, is something else beyond “reverse engineering.”

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