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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 an art form that 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.

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.

Contest Rules

Your project has to be completed in a manner that can be replicated by others. You’ll need to create a step by step list of instructions so that anyone else can replicate the process and create the same instrument. Just to make things a bit more interesting, you’ll need to complete the entire project for $70 or less.

Contestants will circuit bend an existing device to create a unique musical instrument that can be easily recreated by others while following these guidelines:

  • The device you bend must be battery operated with a power no greater than 9 volts.
  • Project must be completed for a total cost of $70 or less. This includes the device you bend, and all parts you use to bend it.
  • You’ll need to create a Bill of Materials, Build Instructions, and Photos sequencing the build step by step.

How To Submit Your Bend

Once you’ve created your instrument, create and upload a video to YouTube and title it "Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2014." Send an email with the subject Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2014 to with the YouTube link to your entry.

Your video will be evaluated by Moog and its staff, and three finalists will be chosen. Audio quality and concise editing will be taken into consideration. The better you document, the better we can judge. All entries must be uploaded by MIDNIGHT EST on February 23rd, 2014.

At Moogfest the finalists will showcase their creations inside the Moog Factory, where entries will be on display throughout the festival for attendees to play. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite entry, and feedback from the public will be a factor in the judges’ final decision on the winner.

Official contest rules can be found 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