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2001: TAM's First Theremin Concert to Space Aliens Featured Lydia Kavina

can they hear my theremin?

Our hemispheric tilt into the Winter Solstice here on Earth brought back memories of the first step in Intergalactic Thereminization.

In mid 2001 TAM a group of Russian teens in Moscow Center of Teen Activity transmitted a three part message into the cosmos which included the First Theremin Concert to Aliens. Organized by Russian scientist Alexander L. Zaitsev the concert was sandwiched in the middle of the three sections (Sounding Section, Analog Section, Digital Section) which made up the interstellar broadcast.

It included 7 musical compositions:
- Melody of Russian romance "Egress alone I to the ride"
- Beethoven: Finale of the 9th Symphony.
- Vivaldi: Seasons. March. Allegro.
- Saint-Saƫns: Swan.
- Rakhmaninov: Vokalise.
- Gershwin: Summertime
- Melody of Russian folk-song "Kalinka-Malinka"

The Concert program was composed by the Russian teens.
The Theremin performers were Lidia Kavina, Yana Aksenova and Anton Kerchenko from the Moscow Theremin Center.

The theremin was selected as "this musical instrument produces quasi sinusoidal signal, which is easily detectable across interstellar distances".

A write up on TAM and their transmission is at

And Alexander Zaitsev discussed it in his Space Place article One-dimensional Radio Message for 'Blind' Aliens
""I suggest to implement the 1st Theremin Concert for Aliens from Arecibo or Evpatoria Radar facility. The Theremin virtuoso Lidia Kavina agrees to give such Concert with appropriate classic and cosmic repertoire either in on-line mode at observatory's concert-hall or off-line Concert in audio studio. The Theremin's signal lies at about (0-10) kHz, and it should be shifted by SSB mixer to radar band and transmitted into space toward any star cluster or Sun-like star. ""

They are probably out there still waiting for part two, we would be!


hypergolic 12/23/2007 6:02 PM
Beautiful picture of the Rosette Nebula.
livingjane 12/28/2007 7:11 PM
I would love to hear more sound clips from this concert:)
METIfan 1/3/2008 11:45 AM
See also my presentation: [b]Design and Implementation of the 1st Theremin Concert for Aliens[/b] at

omhoge 1/3/2008 12:22 PM
Alexander, first off,
Welcome to ThereminWorld!

Thank you so much for this additional information. This was such an interesting project and most suitable for the Theremin.

Hope you will be able to do a second concert, and perhaps an international one.

Please let us know if you do and keep us posted on your work and use of the Theremin.
METIfan 1/3/2008 12:50 PM
>Hope you will be able to do a second concert,
>and perhaps an international one.

Yes, I think
An international Theremin concert is a good idea...

METIfan 2/14/2008 7:57 AM
You see, [b]TAM's First Theremin Concert to Space Aliens[/b] was the [b]world-first musical IRM (Interstellar Radio Message)[/b]

We must remember it! It's a pity that now, after NASA Beatles Transmission ( people think that namely this NASA's cheap show was the world-first IRM...
METIfan 6/9/2008 2:54 PM
Russian documentary "Overcome the Great Silence!"
with a short English transcription

(and with Theremin music, performed by Olesia Rostovskaia, Moscow Theremin Center):
omhoge 6/10/2008 12:19 PM
Thank you Alexander. Nice soundtrack! It looks interesting and well produced. Hope a subtitled version comes out too, I can only pick out tiny bits of it but the visuals help a lot. Glad you are able to get your thoughts out to people.

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