Nightmare Boombox

Over the winter break from teaching, I’ve been spending some time exploring “Lo Fi” music and culture. I’ve always been interested in circuit-bending and chiptune (more on this later) particularly because of the DIY aspects of this mode of music creation.


Of course, I can’t help but feel conflicted because I’ve spent a significant amount of my time and resources training and equipping myself to work on the highest of the “Hi Fi” audio, and I, in some ways, embody the hyper-realism in recording that Lo Fi music is rebelling against.

Currently, I’m composing a piece where I hope to work through some ideas on this conflict, but, for now, here’s my Nightmare Boombox, made from a LeapFrog Fridge DJ.


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The guts

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Some modifications

So up to this point, I approached this as a traditional circuit bending project. Then, sadly, my bent circuit did not survive long enough to be put back in the newly painted case.

No problem. I was hoping to make an Atari Punk Console as my next project, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

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New guts
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New custom board

And the final product:


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