Moog Theremini Theremin

ThereMIDI - Patch Editor and Controller for Theremini

Numerical Audio has announced the launch of ThereMIDI, a new iPad app for the Moog Theremini Theremin.  

ThereMIDI combines a patch editor/librarian, MIDI controller, and MIDI converter into 1 convenient package.

ThereMIDI allows direct access to all of the Theremini's available MIDI parameters, preset management, randomization and more. Patches can be stored on the iPad or uploaded to the Theremini. As a realtime controller, ThereMIDI comes with a built-in 16 step modulation sequencer that works on a variety of targets including filter cutoff, resonance an type, even sequencing pitch is possible.  In the MIDI converter mode, ThereMIDI converts CC data into MIDI notes making it possible to use the Theremini to play other synths. A built-in quantizer makes playing fun and easy to learn, users can choose from a variety of scales.

ThereMIDI is currently available at an introductory price of $4.99.  It will normally sell for $8.99 after that.


Rare Ethervox MIDI Theremin For Sale At Auction

Big Briar Ethervox MIDI Theremin

An auction house in North Carolina has listed that a rare Big Briar Ethervox MIDI theremin will be available for sale this weekend.  These extremely rare instruments were produced by Big Briar around 1997-1999.  It is believed that only ~50 were produced.  The Ethervox uses a digital sound generator to produce various timbres and traditional analog electronics to sense proximity.  The Ethervox is unique in that it can output both CV and high resolution 14-bit MIDI signals via a "snake" box.

The auction listing claims the estimate to be $1500-$3000, which in our opinion would be a substantial discount from it's actual value.  Best of luck to all the bidders!

More: Big Briar Ethervox MIDI Theremin (BrunkAuctions.com)

Related: Big Briar Ethervox MIDI Theremin (photo gallery)

Moogfest 2016

Moogfest 2016

Moog Music officially announced Moogfest 2016 today.  In a bit of a surprise move, the internationally acclaimed bi-annual festival of music, art, and technology will be held from May 19-22 in Durham, NC this year instead of Moog Music hometown, Asheville, NC.  

Not many details have been announced about the acts participating in Moogfest 2016, but we'll bring you updates as they're made available.  The event followed a similar pattern last year, announcing new acts week by week as the event drew closer.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available at Moogfest.com.  The $99 early-bird tickets have already sold out, but another round of pre-sale passes are now available at $200 ( tax) and will remain on sale until October 12 (or until they run out).  We already have our tickets, and we'll be looking forward to meeting other thereminists at the event!

Along with today's announcement, Moogfest has released "Translational Drifts: Moogfest Vol. 1," the first EP in a series of free digital recordings that feature Moogfest artists - past, present and future.  Volume 1 showcases five contemporary acts reinterpreting seminal electronic music influencers that have shaped past Moogfest lineups. This premiere installment includes YACHT, ADULT., Julianna Barwick, Moses Sumney and Dan Deacon translating tracks by Devo, Pet Shop Boys, Suicide, Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno. Their renditions pay tribute to a rich history of electronic music, with new sounds that continue to push further into the future.

While you're at it, be sure to check out Moogfest's SoundCloud page for several tracks from previous events too.

Here's a bit more from today's press release:

Moogfest has been a festival of electronic music since 2004, known for presenting performances by early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today. Previous Moogfest performers include Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Chic, Massive Attack, Holly Herndon, Flying Lotus, Terry Riley, M83, The Flaming Lips, Suicide, Pet Shop Boys, Grimes, TV On The Radio, MIA, St. Vincent, Tangerine Dream, Keith Emerson, Moderat and Squarepusher.

Over the last several years, the festival has evolved to include a mind-expanding conference for creative and technology professionals. In 2014, Moogfest worked with designers and technologists at Google, researchers from the MIT Media Lab, editors from Make Magazine and organizers from the Eyeo Festival (among others) to present panels, workshops and demos at the forefront of art and technology. Presentations by music pioneers Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae, and Keith Emerson were accompanied by conversations with inventors and electronic instrument designers Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim, plus Futurama creator David X Cohen. Moogfest also commissioned “Moogfest: Conductar”, a virtual reality app, nominated for two Webby Awards. Moogfest is already developing new programming and plans to bring similar exciting partnerships to Durham in 2016.

The festival’s priority remains a focus on intimate venues for performance and conversation, encouraging the same ambience established in Asheville. Moogfest will activate many of Durham’s downtown event venues and public spaces with a mix of ticketed and free community programming.

Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format, where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.

Carolina Eyck in Concert at Caramoor

Carolina Eyck

Thereminist Carolina Eyck will be in concert on July 12th at the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY.

At 2:30pm, she will perform a pre-concert Recital with pianist Christopher Tarnow - 1st Theremin Sonata by Christopher Tarnow.  You can see a video of an earlier performance of this work here.

Then, at 4:30pm, she will perform with with the ensemble Music from Copland House - "Fantasia" by Bohuslav Martinu and "Spellbound" by Miklos Rosza.

Ms. Eyck will also be available for private lessons in Hopewell Junction, NY on July 6th and 9th.  Contact her directly on her website for arrangements and details.

For tickets and more information about the Caramoor events, please visit http://www.caramoor.org/events/out-of-thin-air

Visit Carolina's website at http://www.carolinaeyck.com 

Caramoor: http://www.caramoor.org

iThereal Theremin App for iPhone and iPad

Zero Crossing iThereal Virtual Theremin

App developer Zero Crossing released their new virtual theremin app iThereal for iPhone and iPad today.  

Unlike similar apps, iThereal can serve as a MIDI instrument over Inter-App Audio, allowing you to control instruments in Garageband, for example.

Setting up iThereal to play is simple. Just pinch/zoom along the bottom bar to set the pitch range, then slide left/right to set the starting note.  Then, to play, just tap the screen and slide your finger left/right for pitch and up/down for volume.  Alternatively, you can set iThereal to be controlled by the gyroscope, allowing control of pitch and volume simply by tilting the device.

At $2.99, iThereal is a fun toy for the theremin-curious, but it probably won't cure your craving for a real theremin.  A few tweaks on our wish list would improve playability.  For starters, manipulating the pitch range at the bottom of the screen is a bit difficult for large fingers on the iPhone screen.  Finally, the MIDI signal sent by iThereal is only 7-bit, so your pitch slides will be a little "chirpy" if you have a wide pitch range set.  It would be great if it sent 14-bit MIDI control changes.  

Let's hope Zero Crossing has more updates in the near future.  In the meantime, give it a try, and feel free to post links to your iThereal creations in SoundCloud in the comments below.

iThereal is available for iPhone and iPad in the iTunes App Store: iThereal - Zero Crossing (iTunes)