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Hands OFF! 2011 kicks off this Thursday, July 28th for an intensive weekend of discussions, workshops, masterclasses and a theremin rich environment featuring Lydia Kavina, Barbara Buchholz, Carolina Eyck, Thorwald Jorgensen, Gordon Charlton/Beat Frequency, master theremin builder Thierry Frenkel and many others. Hands OFF! is hosted in the English town of Scarborough – the very first seaside holiday resort.

During the week following HO2011 there will be theremin performances throughout Scarborough, culminating in a spectacular concert at the Spa Theatre.

If you can get to the UK, get to Hands OFF! It's going to be a fantastic week for players and lovers of the theremin.

Congratulations to Gordon Charlton and Anthony Springall on producing this unique theremin event.


captain_ants 7/26/2011 2:49 PM
Hands OFF! 2011 officially starts on evening of Friday 29th July with a Gathering of the Theremins on Oliver's Mount for panoramic views, Buffet, drinks, recording of theremin hellos for the A side of a Vinyl record (more details later). and meet & greets.

Theremin owners are encouraged to bring their Theremins.

Press & Media welcome

This event is open to the general public with a charge for the buffet. :)

as the light fades there will be a performance by Mr Underwood of Pendulum Music for Light Theremin.

More details of other Hands OFF! 2011 happenings later... keep an eye on all this week and especially on Theremin Thursday :)

captain_ants 7/26/2011 2:57 PM
Theremin Thursday 28th July sees the Launch of Hands OFF! 2011 Theremin Beer. :)
Amethyste 7/28/2011 11:06 AM
I hope all that attend have an awesome time!

captain_ants 7/28/2011 2:53 PM
We're all sat in The North Riding Brew Pub relaxing and drinking the newly launched Hands OFF! 2011 Theremin Beer :)

Press and Television cameras have recorded the event and the subsequent footage will be broadcast tomorrow :)

Photos will be posted up as quickly as we are able :)

Theremins utilised were from Gordon Charlton, Rick Reid, Kevin Colosa and Captain Ants :D

The Theremin beer emitted some great hoppy taste notes :)

Later this evening we shall be at the Scarborough Blues Club and Kevin Colosa will be performing some Theremin Blues :)

more Hands OFF! 2011 updates later.. :)
GordonC 7/28/2011 6:15 PM
It's awesome already and it hasn't even officially started yet!
Jason 7/29/2011 11:47 AM
I am SO looking forward to all your updates. One of these years I'll get to cross the pond to join the fun. Hope all goes well, everyone has a great time, and the spirit of Lev permeates the event from start to finish - and beyond!
captain_ants 8/1/2011 6:00 AM
Sorry for being slow on updates... we will all be uploading images and words V.Soon.

in the meanwhile enjoy Mr Underwood's Blog about the opening Welcome event on Oliver's Mount and his experience on Saturday when he met and was taught by Lydia Kavina :)

http://www.mrunderwo... (
captain_ants 8/2/2011 4:35 AM
follow the link below for some fantastic images taken during Hands OFF! 2011 by Chris Conway (
Amethyste 8/2/2011 8:56 AM
Hey! Thanks for posting these pictures!!!

Could one of you tell me the make of this small (or rather thin) theremin that one is playing outside backwards?

It's rather interesting!!
captain_ants 8/2/2011 9:59 AM
That'll be the Subscope theremin :)
Made by Dominik Bednarz.

more info on Subscope theremins see (
Amethyste 8/2/2011 10:16 AM
Oh thank you so much for this info!!!

Have you had the pleasure to test drive it?
If so, what is your impression of it?
captain_ants 8/2/2011 12:35 PM
Some More images of Hands OFF! 2011 this time from the Friday Welcome event on Oliver's mount.. (
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:13 PM
Lev Termen ( by unclechristo (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:25 PM
DSC_0991w ( by stumped (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:29 PM
Dan Burns ( by unclechristo (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:30 PM
Lydia Kavina & Kevin Colosa ( by unclechristo (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:31 PM
Carolina Eyck ( by unclechristo (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:35 PM
Lydia Kavina & Thorwald Jørgensen, Carolina Eyck, Barbara Buchholz ( by unclechristo (, on Flickr
captain_ants 8/2/2011 2:39 PM
Lydia Kavina, Thorwald Jorgensen, Barbara Buchholz, Carolina Eyck
full image click here (http://www.facebook....)
GordonC 8/2/2011 4:03 PM

Just... Wow!

Best Hands Off so far.

I will say more in a week or so when I am back from holiday and have had time to get my thoughts in order. Now I am off to start another thread singing Thierry Frenkel's praises. :-)
captain_ants 8/4/2011 1:33 PM
Hands OFF! 2011 Featured on the BBC (
captain_ants 8/4/2011 3:52 PM
The BBC News coverage has been seen Globally on BBC World service TV so Hands OFF! 2011 has truely lived up to the phrase of World Thereminisation :D
DOMINIK 8/5/2011 5:32 AM
A few questions.
I would like to know what Dan Burns "Space Controller" is supposed to be seen here (
A smaller version of it seems to be used by Gordon (
And interesting too looks this ( performance by Wilco Botermans. MIDI controller? Which program?
I read somewhere about a Vinyl recording, did that happen?
Thierry 8/5/2011 6:34 AM
Dan Burn's space controller seems to be a device with an antenna and several pushbuttons which allow to add different values of capacitance, thus allowing to change pitch just by pressing buttons but without moving.

Gordon is using something totally different: A battery driven milk frother (German: Milchaufschäumer) which rotates and thus generates a kind of tremolo.

Wilco is using MaxMsp as software and an USB theremin developed by the Russian scientist Andrey Smirnov.

The recordings did happen, but the vinyl has not yet made apparition...
GordonC 8/5/2011 12:39 PM
I will add that Dan's device is a prototype. In this iteration of the design it includes a four step sequencer and three of the step intervals can be varied by potentiometers (the fourth is the base frequency of the theremin and is varied by moving the device within the pitch field.) A fourth pot controls the speed of the sequencer. It also has four buttons which vary the order and rate of the sequencer, disable it and change it from stepping to ramping from one pitch to the next.

It looks like a lot of fun for the electronic musician. :-)
hypergolic 8/5/2011 1:09 PM
We (Sheri and I) really regret not attending. The funds were simply not available. The venue was gorgeous judging by the photos. Dan Burns messaged me and said I "was missed". This was very gracious and kind.

Frankly, unless something is held on this side of the ocean, taking a theremin is not in the picture, especially a vacuum tube model.

Sincerely yours,

Philip and Sheri Neidlinger

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