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: