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While not conventionally musical, the Electrochemical Synthesizer’s process for generating sound is unusually interesting -

Pressing a key causes salt solution to flow over a copper and aluminium connection generating a low signal which is filtered by a capacitor and then amplified, creating a complex white noise, with amazing fluctuating oscillations.

The device demonstrates how complexity can be generated using simple “analogue” and wet components.
The inspiration for the synthesiser came from the website “Peculiar sounds from Aluminium ” by Nyle Steiner.

Update: Here’s a vid with direct audio recording -

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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