An arts festival after my own heart. As a child I had a habit of taking electronic things apart, and putting them back together – with varying success. It got to the stage family friends even donated old electrical items for me to pursue my passion. Clearly I need to go and live in New York. They have the Bent festival, “an arts festival devoted to dismantling electronics to see what sounds they can make, often with loud results”.
“Circuit bending involves opening up and playing with the wiring in gadgets like electronic instruments and toys to produce different sounds. While children’s toys are a popular choice and an easy place to start, many different gizmos can be “bent,” all with different results”
Read more in Wired.