Music to make food by

Kitchen Radio

We have an unwritten and evolving list of things we would like to do ay home. I am sure most people do. One of the things I would love to do is install some sort of system where we can play great sounding music in every room of the house and be able to pick the music for whichever room we are in (I’m not sure what is available but I noticed that Sonos does something like this).

My wife and I were making supper together last night (something we don’t do often and, at the same time, probably should) and I had some Fleetwood Mac (one of my all-time favourite bands – mostly love songs and daddy issues with a couple miscellaneous themes thrown in) playing on my iPhone while we were preparing/cooking. It changed the kitchen’s atmosphere and made supper’s preparation fun and not just something to get through as quickly as possible.

I remember when I still lived with my parents in their previous house my Dad used to turn the hifi on to some radio station on weekends, especially when we had people over for a braai or something. The lounge opened onto a veranda of sorts which led to the garden. It was a terrific layout and the top 40 in the background filled the space. I also like the experience of moving from outside where you are in a sort of social context with friends and family around a braai, pool or something, through this music in the lounge and into the kitchen for whatever reason and back out again. Its almost like the music connects the food with the social and provides a memorable background soundtrack for the memories.


Image credit: Kitchen radio by lurw, licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

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  5. I have been looking at various ways on how to do distributed audio around the house. Two brands come up tops regarding this – the one that you mentioned namely Sonos and of course Logitec Squeezbox.

    But although these systems are very good, they are also a bit expensive. If you look at the minimum bits and pieces that you need, it is going to cost a bit.

    But there is a 3rd solution. Get a whole lot of AirPort Expresses and some speakers connected to them and place them around the house. iTunes can pipe music to all devices or selected devices. From what I’ve heard from friends, it works very well. Of course with the iTunes Remote app for the iPhone / iPad, it makes it easy to control iTunes as well as pipe music to the various destinations. If you need to pipe audio from your PC/Mac directly to the AirPort Expresses, you can use Airfoil – this is when you’d want to pipe LostFM or any streaming audio.

    Pros

    If you’re already embedded with the Apple ecosystem, it is a natual fit.

    Cons

    You cannot send seporate audio streams to different devices. i.e. Room 1 gets song A and Room 2 gets Song B at the same time.

    The Sonos and Sqeezebox can do the above well. But I guess if you look at getting the receiving device and seporate powered speakers, it might work out getting a Sonos / Squeezebox since the receiver and speakers integrate as well.

    One day, I hope to have some form of distributed audio in the house . šŸ™‚

What do you think?

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