Spotlight on Griffin Technology

Colin and Justin show off the Griffin silent auction winnings.

Colin and Justin show off the Griffin Technology silent auction winnings.

The Circuit Benders’ Ball owes a huge debt of gratitude to our sponsor Griffin Technology. The tech manufacturer with headquarters just a few blocks from Fort Houston contributed the Studio Connect iPad recording interface and the Twenty audio amplifier for Airport Express for our silent auction. The auction earnings helped us bring out-of-town artists to the festival. Griffin also donated dozens of other products (like this smartphone-controlled helicopter) for our mailing list giveaway.

Griffin makes smartphone accessories, iPad and iPhone interfaces, music tools, and more. They have a long history of supporting maker-related groups and activities such as the Nashville Mini Maker Faire. We’re proud to be associated with such an innovative and forward-thinking local company. Nashville is lucky to have them.


Circuit Benders’ Ball 2014 is a Wrap!

Robbie Hunsinger & Megan Kelley at the Ball.

Robbie Hunsinger & Megan Kelley at the Ball. Photo by Skipp Frazier.

I’m a week late posting this (because it took literally a week for me to recover), but the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball is a wrap!

Big thanks to the artists, volunteers, and attendees for making it happen. Also huge thanks to Fort Houston for providing the space, Yazoo Brewing Company for providing the beverages, Griffin Technology for providing silent auction and giveaway items, Eli Mason for the sweet tea and drink mixers, SAE Nashville for bringing out volunteers and equipment, and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for providing projectors and additional volunteers!

Photos, video, and sound files coming soon.

See you in 2016!


Circuit Benders’ Ball: Panels & Presentations are Free Today! 04-13-2014

Noise Furniture, Saturday at the 2014 CBB.

Noise Furniture, Saturday at the 2014 CBB. Photo by @AkbarsBlackEyes.

We have some amazing panels and presentations lined up for today. We want as many people as possible to check them out, so we’re making them free and open to the public. You do not need a pass or a ticket to attend today’s panels/presentations. Just head over to Fort Houston and ask the person at the front counter where to go.

At 11 a.m. we have Chris Richards hooking the audience up to a giant musical instrument. At noon Mike Hester will show you how to turn digital images into music. At 1 p.m. we have the panel I’m most looking forward to: Structural Bias in Show Booking. Local musicians, artists, and show bookers Kathryn Edwards, Kale Edmiston, Paul Horton, Virginia Griswold, David Wright Lagrone and the just-added Reagan Mitchell will talk about issues like creating a feeling a safety for everyone, how to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities, and implicit structural biases in festival/conference bookers against women, people of color, people with disabilities, transgender people, and other groups.

At 2 p.m. we have a panel exploring the 8 bit world of chiptune music: “Chiptune artists use vintage computers, video game systems, and ’emulators’ to create 8-bit compositions. Ben Marcanel, Tim Carey, Dylan Ethier, Frank Angotti, and Arnie Holder will discuss the history of the genre, the methodology, the various homebrew music-making game cartridges for the Nintendo Gameboy, and how you can create your own chiptune music.”

Check the panels schedule for more info.

We also have some excellent workshops about subverting Google, bending with photoresistors, and making music with the Arduino. Seats are still available. Check the workshop schedule for more info.

At 4:15, the chiptune artists will kick off the Sunday round of performances! Here’s the full performance schedule for tonight:

4:15 PM Tim Carey
4:35 PM Dylan Ethier
4:55 PM sugar sk*-*lls
5:15 PM Abandoned On Fire
5:35 PM b4by f4c3
6:05 PM Morgan Higby-Flowers
6:20 PM dish_drone_dish_drone_dish_drone
6:45 PM Waveshaper
7:15 PM Age

See you at 11:00 a.m.!

Circuit Benders’ Ball Panels & Workshops! 04-12-2014

Circuit Benders' Ball

The Circuit Benders’ Ball panels and workshops start at 11:00 a.m. this fine morning. Check out the panel schedule here and workshop schedule here. If you haven’t purchased your workshop tickets yet, not to worry. You can buy a ticket at the door. As of now, we have extra space in all the workshops.

And then come back for another night of performances beginning at 7 p.m. See you at Fort Houston!

Circuit Benders’ Ball Sponsors: Griffin Technology, Yazoo Brewing Company & More

The 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball is very proud to be sponsored by Griffin Technology, Yazoo Brewing Company, Make Nashville, and Eli Mason craft mixers. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our sponsors for help making the Ball happen. Please support these Nashville businesses.