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Flashback: Big Briar Model 500 Theremin Controller

Big Briar Model 500 Theremin Controller (from Retro Synth Ads)

I recently learned about a really fun blog called Retro Synth Ads.  If you're like me and spent your youth pouring through issues of magazines like Keyboard, Electronic Musician, and others looking at gear, this blog will bring back some great memories. 

In January, they featured a theremin that I'll admit I was not very familiar with: the Big Briar Model 500 Theremin Controller (circa 1984).  Check out the post for more information on it and another related Big Briar product, the model 331 Touch Plate.

From: Retro Synth Ads

Ohad Basson's Theremin 2.0

Theremin 2.0 from Bassonism on Vimeo.

Ohad Basson, an industrial designer from Israel, wasn't content with the standard theremin.  For the past several months, he's been working on a bold evolution of the instrument. 

"Theremin 2.0" is made of a combination of plywood covered with oak veneers, frosted acrylic sheets, and brass.  To make the theremin more portable, it features a sliding body design that provides cover for pitch and volume knobs cleverly hidden inside.  Antennas also slide inside the body for convenient storage.

Ohad tells us the design was born with the Maker community, paying homage to the commonly used laser cut "finger joint".

In addition to portability improvements, Theremin 2.0 a tapper (to spontaneously disrupt the sound) and an LED pitch meter.

More photos are available in our photo albums.

Learn more about Ohad and his work at

New music from Victor Estrada

International Space Music, Victor Estrada
Victor Estrada has just released a new album, "International Space Music", dedicated to Science-Fiction and also to electronic music pioneers.  Several tracks feature theremin, such as "Galaxian 2013", "International Space Station" or "Guido Fantoccini".  The album is available on Spotify and iTunes, and a CD is also available.  Visit Victor's website for more information:

NY Theremin Society - Workshop - Concert and Back in Brooklyn!

The New York Theremin Society is back in Brooklyn!

NYTS - Brooklyn Residency


March 2014

supported by Moog Music

Interested in learning about the theremin or just playing out loud with a bunch of your fellow thereminists?

The NY Theremin Society will be giving a workshop March 16th and concert March 29th at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Beginners to experts welcome... and all participants will play together at the concert!


March 16th, 2-5pm 

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St

 Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 596-3000/1

Cost: $40

Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer & Charlie Hobbs


March 29th, 8pm

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St

 Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 596-3000/1

Cost: $20

Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer & The NY Theremin Orchestra

This sounds like some great theremin fun! To Register email Dorit at

New Theremin Tutorial Book

An English version of the book "Manuel d'initiation au Theremin" is now available! Written by French & Swiss duo Jimmy Virani et Coralie Ehinger, with the participation of "Theremingeneer" Thierry Frenkel for all technical parts. 

This book is dedicated to beginners. Its goal is to guide you on your discovery of the theremin. It is filled with practical advice and provides a sound basis from which to start your theremin training. Here is the table of contents:

The books have been self-published (via Edition Des Sentiers)  and printed in a sheltered workshop manufacture in Switzerland. Illustrations and design : Nicolas Perrin / 28 grammes

Size of the book :  A5, landscape format (21 x 15 cm), 48 pages
Connected by spirals ​​of metal.

It is available via etheremin's online shop for 20€ plus shipping costs

More info here