A couple of weeks ago, Motherboard went to Bent Festival, the world’s premiere meeting of circuit benders, music hackers, and broken Speak n’ Spells. We spent a day at 81 Front St. in Dumbo, where hackers young and old, expert and amateur, came to break electronics in order to put them back together again, in the DIY spirit of groups like NYC Resistor and the artists in our Sound Builders series. At night, a healthy roster of chiptune musicians and others made music with their homemade gear.

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