Monday, January 23, 2017

Blog Post #3: Barbie Guitars, Circuit Bending, Play

KIDDesigns Barbie Jam with Me

I found this strange video:

This sent me on a wild goose chase. One fascinating element of this video is the ability of human touch to alter the sound - at one point the "maker" shows their ability to create oscillations, beeps, and swishes by physically touching the circuit board.

This is a lovely introduction to the possibilities of circuit bending. Like the maker movement more broadly, it seems that circuit bending was founding on a principle of an open invitation into a participatory equitable space of discovery. And again this shows an element of playfulness -- we see the inventor being goofy and creating noises based on poking the interviewer (~7min).

This made me think a lot about elements of play in these videos.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything

Hi there!

I created a podcast discussing Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything, embedded below via Soundcloud: (The backing track is "Love is" by @nop (Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 3.0): )