I was one of those kids who would take electronic things apart- toys, radios etc. I used to be entranced by the coloured components, the mysterious bits that electricity flowed through..
It was the work of Rheed Gazala that got me into circuit bending – the results driven trial by error method of hacking with sound toys. I managed to hack an old roland analogue drum machine to be able to adjust pitch, length and to introduce glitches into the sequencer. I gigged with that machine alongside Daniel Weaver in Berlin, London and Ireland
Today I use Arduinos and various shields together with sketchy code to mess around with.
I go to the local FabLab and have been learning digital fabrication skills there- CNC, laser cutting, vector design and so on. If you have one near you I thoroughly recommend going and giving your imagination a workout.