Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a growing global problem as well as an opportunity for Circuit Bending artists.
The components in a typical piece of consumer electronics, whether it be a children's toy or a personal computer, once in a landfill are highly toxic to the environment.
Whether it be drumming on inverted paint buckets, or crafting banjos out of cigar boxes and broom handles, artists have always recycled raw materials found in the garbage into musical instruments.
With the advances in our culture's technology, so too, is there an advancement in the materials found in our garbage.
Electronic devices containing entire circuit boards, computers, and audio components (often with batteries installed) can be found in thrift stores, garage sales, and dumpsters.
Circuit Bent devices are the "new cigar box banjo." What was once on its way to a landfill can now, in the hands of a Circuit Bender, enjoy a new life as a unique electronic musical or videio instrument.
If you have any electronic devices you wish to donate to Roth Mobot please contact us!