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4th Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge

Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog, started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father and the rest is history. In modern terminology, this tinkering with the inner workings of electronic devices is known as circuit bending.

Circuit-bending is a chance art form pioneered by Reed Gazala in 1966. It combines art, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children's toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design. MOOGFEST is proud to continue Reed's tradition of chance electronic design via our yearly circuit-bending contest.

This Year's Contest

In celebration of this creative curiosity that fueled a young Bob Moog and all of those that follow in his footsteps, Moog is sponsoring its 4th Annual Circuit Bending Contest.

This year, Moog’s circuit bending contest is challenging entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.

2014 Finalists

This year's Circuit Bending Challenge has produced some of the most innovative instruments to date. We received so many amazing builds that we had to expand our finalist lineup to include the top 5 entries. We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all who entered and congratulate the 5 finalists chosen for Moogfest 2014's Circuit Bending Challenge.

Congratulations to Haxxor Soniq, George Gleixner , C FreddIE, Mike Sisk, and Stephen Barnwell. See you in April!

Watch the playlist below to see the top 5 entries that will go on to the final judging at Moogfest.

The 2014 Moogfest Circuit Bending Finals

See all of the amazing bends that were created for the Circuit bending challenge HERE.


The three finalists chosen by Moog on February 28, 2014 will receive (2) passes to Moogfest 2014, as well as a Moog merch package.

A winner will be chosen on the basis of reliable functionality, creativity, craftmanship, artistic appearance, overall sound, and the popularity of the device with the public. The winner will be chosen on the final day of Moogfest 2014.

Grand Prize Moog Sub Phatty

2nd Place Moog Slim Phatty

3rd Place Moog Minitaur