Verb: To augment various small electronic toys to emit uncanny sounds for the purpose of producing avant-garde and experimental musical effects. The method of this modification is through purposeful, exploratory short-circuiting of the integrated circuits using conductive wire, solder (sometimes tape, glue etc.) and various control mechanisms such as switches, body contacts and potentiometers to control the unique sound's effects.
1. They joined the local circuit-bending competition in hopes of winning the prize.
2. While circuit-bending, he burned the silicon chip with his soldering iron by accident.
3. Her circuit-bent speak and spell made incredibly intricate noises; everyone was surprised, however, that she used only cannibalized audio cable and tape.