Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new
music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
Circuit Bending, as I'm sure you know, is when you crack open a Speak & Spell or an old Casio keyboard and poke wires into the innards until it sounds freaky. It's one of those things that's fun to do and fun to talk about, although the enjoyment often ends when the music starts.
Highly Liquid build high-end circuit bent instruments. They'll take an old Casio SK1 keyboard and turn it into an aluminium keytar with switches on the neck, or they'll sell you a kit to add a MIDI interface to a Speak & Spell.
Their new thing is the Glitchdesk system. $249 gets you a big banana jack patchbay, with some clever extras. You (or more likely Mr. Highly Liquid) take your TR-505, or Speak & Math or whatever and run all the contact points out to an RS232 socket. You can plug that into the back of your Glitchdesk, and get instant MIDI control over the bends.