Moog Theremini Theremin

Love Attitude - Maurizio Mansueti

Maurizio Mansueti (a.k.a. ErMan of Timeless Sonic Factory) has shared with us his new theremin video, "Love Attitude".

The music was composed by Alessandra Celletti and Mansueti.  The track is taken from the new album by Alessandra Celletti "Above the Sky" (Transparency Rec. USA).  Mansueti performed the music on a Subscope Voicematic 3 theremin. 

The video footage is borrowed from the short film "Invention of Love" written & directed by Andrey Shushkof.  The haunting scenes remind me of a dystopian steampunk novel, and the piano/theremin accompaniment fits in beautifully.

Enjoy!

Magnetovore Inventor Building New Theremin

Magnetovore

David Levi, founder of Magnetovore and the inventor of the magnetic cello of the same name, is hard at work on a new theremin design.  His goal is to create a more playable theremin that will bring more musicians to the theremin community.  We're all for that!

Designing any new theremin is no simple feat, as our electronics savvy readers can attest.  Designing it to be a viable product and a playable instrument is even harder! 

That's why Levi is looking for input from the greater theremin community as to what features and characteristics they would like to see in a new model.  To gather information, they've launched a survey on their site and are asking all interested musicians and theremin builders to participate.  It's a short form with an option to leave your personal contact information if you'd like to be contacted for further discussions.

Personally, I would love to see a new professional grade theremin on the market.  Since the Etherwave Pro went out of production, there have been few viable choices.  Some have found used 'Pros for sale second hand, and others have returned to the Etherwave Standard or other models after their 'Pros were damaged beyond repair. 

We wish Levi and Magnetovore all the best in their project and sincerely hope they come up with a new high quality instrument that will stand the test of time.

Learn more at Magnetovore.com.

The Night Terrors - Megafauna

Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, Australia's horror-synth heavyweights The Night Terrors were commissioned by the City of Melbourne to compose an album of music with the southern hemisphere’s largest pipe organ.

Recorded on the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ on Friday the 13th June 2014, and launching on Halloween 31st October 2014, "Pavor Nocturnus - Composition for Grand Organ, theremin, electronics and percussion" is an inferno of haunting theremin-led post prog and dark cosmic dance. The most frightening and beautiful Night Terrors recording to date, Pavor Nocturnus will be released on limited edition coloured vinyl through Twisted Nerve Australia / Dual Planet and launched with a free concert at the Melbourne Town Hall on Halloween Friday 31st October 2014.

Eric Ross Releases New Theremin Album

Eric Ross - Music From The Future

Eric Ross has released a new album of music for Theremin and Ensemble.  Music From The Future features Eric Ross (theremins, MIDI guitar, keyboards), Trevor Pinch (Moog synths), Peter Rothbart (EWI), John Snyder (theremin, digeridoo), Joe Perkins (bass), Eric J.Roth (lute), Jason Smeltzer (theremin).  It was recorded live in NY and LA.

The album is available from CD Baby and Amazon.com.

Eric Ross - presented his works at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Redcat Center, Newport ,Berlin, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals among many other concerts worldwide. He performs on guitar, keyboards and Theremin. He began playing the Theremin in 1975, and has performed on radio, film and TV. He's written an Overture for 14 Theremins, played on the world premiere of Percy Grainger's Free MusicNo.1 in New York, and in 2010 was guest artist on the No.1 Best-Selling album in Japan, Aqi Fzono's "Cosmology". His ensemble has featured guest artists, jazz giants John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, new music virtuosos, Youseff Yancy, Lydia Kavina, Robert Dick, and many others. Among recent projects is Ultimedia Concept program at UNESCO World Heritage sites including Guggenheim- Bilbao Museum,Spain; Residenz Palace, Wurzburg; Bauhaus- Dessau, Germany; Casada Musica Portugal. Eric Ross was a friend of theremin virtuoso ,Clara Rockmore, and electronics pioneer, Robert Moog. In 1991, he met and played for the inventor of the instrument, Professor Lev Termen. He's drawn inspiration from them to develop the Theremin as a voice in his own compositions.

Trevor Pinch - plays Moog and home-made modular synthesizers in the Electric Golem with James Spitznagel and Atomic Forces. He is widely recognized as the leading expert on Robert Moog and is co-author of Analog Days: the Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. He lectures on Moog all over the world and is the Goldwyn Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies . He lives in Ithaca, NY, and is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He's recently presented Charlene Martel's award winning film on the Ondes Martinot.

Peter Rothbart - Professor and Director of Electroacoustic Studies at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York. With undergraduate performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Highest Honors) and UMass, and graduate degrees from Ithaca College and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is active as a composer in both the acoustic and electroacoustic worlds, with three Carnegie Hall premieres to his credit. He has written and orchestrated for the Utah Shakespearean Festival during their Tony Award-winning year and has completed his fifth film score. His book, "The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films" is published by Scarecrow Press. He has authored over 300 published articles for Down Beat Magazine, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Ithaca Journal and other magazines. He is a contributing editor for Journal SEAMUS, of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the USA.

Jason Smeltzer - theremin. Received arts grants (Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts/Lackawanna County Arts and Culture). In The Crystal Band with conductor Ray Stedenfeld. Duos performing classical or jazz repertoire with pianists Wayne Smith, Michelle Millington, Catherine Shefski, classical guitarist Jay Steveskey, and harpist Deirdre White. Dance collaborations in Middle-eastern dance with Diana Shahein and the Beledi Dance theatre. Collaborations also with New York based Eric Ross. With illustrator Ted Michalowski he performs every summer at various arts venues in Poland.

Eric Roth - guitar/lute. In addition to playing Avant-garde,he specializes in period instruments, including Renaissance Baroque lute, the 19th century guitar and former lead guitarist for the punk metal band Siren Flower. Eric received BA in Music Performance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and MA from SUNY Albany. He's studied with Eric Ross, Paul Sweeny, Bonnie Meadow, Bill Matthews, Gregory Dinger, and Patrick O’Brien. He frequently performs throughout the New York, especially in the Hudson Valley Region.

John Snyder - theremin,waterphone, digeridu. He began his musical career by singing in the church choir, high school and college band, and had a fascination with electronic music and the Theremin, and playing the ARP 2600 analog synthesizer. He's recorded and performed with jazz great, Joe McPhee , both in the USA and Europe, composing and performing electronic music with a collection of analog synths accompanied with synth-controlled laser image projections. He performs on the Australian-Aboriginal didjeridu and the Waterphone. John was involved for many years with David Darling’s Music for People, and more recently with Paul Winter’s Adventures in Sound Play workshops and currently works with sound healing.

Joseph Perkins - bass. From Philadelphia, Pa. Has peformed extensively in Northeast. Bassist with Sonando, Salse Libre, Unity Group, among many other groups and for over ten years has been principal bassist with the Eric Ross Blues Band.

Moog Music Responds to Theremini Feedback

Moog Music

If you've been following the discussion in our forums, some of our members have voiced critical opinions of the Moog Music's Theremini Theremin.  Moog Music, Inc. asked us to post this response from their President, Mike Adams:

Dear Theremin Community,

I understand that there are some of you that are disappointed with the most recent Theremin from Moog Music, the Theremini. Some of you feel that it does not advance the Theremin technology and that it may be a step in the wrong direction. I want to assure you that we are listening and we respect all of your opinions. 

In ten years time, the Theremini will have invited tens of thousands of people into the world of the Theremin. Equally as important in my eyes, the Theremini will introduce these customers to the engaging and diverse work of professional thereminists.

Just like with any mainstream instrument (guitar, drums, violin, etc.), there are starter instruments as well as professional instruments. Many never advance past their starter instrument, but some do and that is a direct result of the interaction and fulfillment they have with their introductory instrument. As with all introductory instruments, the Theremini is an opportunity to inspire a new generation of theremin enthusiasts.

Many of these young musicians will never advance their skill level to the point where they can play an Etherwave proficiently, which is okay. However, they will garner a greater appreciation for the theremin, its history, and the individuals that have developed their skills over the course of a lifetime. Some customers may enjoy playing their Theremini with a very high level of pitch correction for years. Others will master the Theremini and then seek the next challenge, which may be an Etherwave, a Burns, or even a custom built Theremin. Regardless, these new enthusiasts will benefit all the manufacturers and musicians that have worked for decades to bring the Theremin and its players to prominence.

Our hope is that more entry level thereminists will ultimately grow a market for new professional level Theremins. At which point, Moog and other manufacturers will look to fill that market with new products that are more appealing to professional Thereminists, such as yourselves. In order to achieve this goal the world needs more thereminists. The Theremini is one way to encourage this outcome.

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read this. As with all Moog instruments, we will continue to improve the Theremini's playability and feature set over time based on user feedback. We have a 60 year legacy of designing and building theremins, and it is our responsibility to continue to develop the market for these instruments. We take this very seriously and greatly appreciate the passion of the Theremin community. As always, we will diligently and passionately continue our work on behalf of current and future thereminists.

Sincerely,

Mike Adams

President, Moog Music Inc.

Regardless of what you think about the Theremini, we hope you'll join the conversation in our forums or by posting comments below.

Most importantly, we very much appreciate Moog Music for listening to your collective feedback and responding to your concerns.