Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kitchetechno

In a discussion about electronically produced music, it is fairly common knowledge that a “synthesizer” is basically defined as an electronic instrument that creates different sounds through various frequencies and signals. Most often these synthesizers are in the forms of keyboards. But does this mean that keyboards are the only medium for electronic music? Stephen J. Anderson doesn’t think so.

As you can see in a video below, Anderson decided to break the boundaries of what can be considered a synthesizer. With knowledge that far exceeds my awareness of how electronics work, Anderson takes apart and rewires dozens of devices in order to connect them to various kitchenware and utensils. In other words, he turns his kitchen into a gigantic, homemade synthesizer.

 

Through the use of static electricity, Anderson sends electrical charges through conductive materials (such as metal pans, ceramic bowls, glasses, and spray cans), which are then picked up by 1/4 in. cables and sent to a computer to be processed into musical sounds. Those musical sounds are most likely amplified on the spot through a basic speaker system. The result is a catchy electronic tune, composed by none other than Anderson himself.

To listen to other works by Anderson, you can visit his website:

http://www.stephenjanderson.com/

The Music Makes the Movie

– Hans Zimmer –

You may be saying to yourself, “hmm, what an interesting name. I think I’ve heard it before, but I can’t put my finger on it…”

Yet you’d be insane if you haven’t seen movies such as “Inception” and “The Dark Knight”. (Don’t take it personally, but if you haven’t seen either of those movies-DO IT.)

These movies are staples in movie history. Many of us can easily rattle off the entire plot, including multiple quotes word for word. I know that I have stayed up many nights trying to wrap my brain around the idea of inception, going back and forth about wether or not the little spinning top thing at the end of the movie stays up, or falls. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhavsmsi_5M)

But what doesn’t get recognized as much, is the music within the movie. Sadly for people such as Hans Zimmer, Academy Award winning composer, doesn’t get the applause that he truly deserves. Zimmer was the composer for both Inception and The Dark Knight, and he did an incredible job. The music within the movie can dictate emotions, and even say things that just aren’t justified through acting. Check out this song titled, “Dream is Collapsing” that Hans Zimmer made for Inception. (I feel like I am conquering the world when I am listening to it!)

Another soundtrack that “made the movie” for me was Daft Punk’s work in “TRON”. The whole premise of the movie is very futuristic/technology induced. Collaborating with Daft Punk was a brilliant idea. I honestly don’t think that the movie would have been the same with out the music.

Here is a fight scene from “TRON” that actually features Daft Punk as a cameo.