Erik Satie For Theremin?

Posted: 4/15/2015 12:24:45 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Here is the GNOSSIENNE #3 on the Haken Continuum. I recorded this a few years ago after being inspired by a friend, Montreal ondes martenot player Genevieve Grenier. The advantage of the Continuum is that you can play both the melody and the accompaniment at the same time - Continuum with the right hand, piano with the left. It's no more difficult than a double manual on an organ. 


Was LA VOIX DU SPHINX inspired by the GNOSSIENNES? Probably, but it’s not conscious. I don’t know how others approach that kind of improvisation but I just get into the mood and DO IT. As Chief Dan George said in LITTLE BIG MAN, “Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t”.  LOL

Posted: 4/15/2015 11:46:14 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 7/29/2014

I want it. I need it!

But Krike it's > $5K. Course I might have to evaluate the Seaboard in this price range. Their smaller models seem similar in price. 

Makes me want to go draw a keyboard on my ribbon controller and see what a "poor man's" version might do.

But I can see/hear that subliminal (or maybe not so) connection to "La Voix du Sphinx".


Posted: 8/13/2019 10:02:02 AM

Joined: 11/25/2017

Found another beautiful interpretation of Erik Satie's Gnossienne (here No. 1)

Posted: 8/13/2019 5:32:22 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

Semi OT (Gnossiennes-y but not Theremin-y)

Back before I was obsessed with digital Theremins, I was obsessed with digital pianos.  Turns out they all pretty much suck as piano replacements (some way worse in terms of suckage of various factors than others - key pivot points too close to the player, "hammer" rebound induced injuries, caveman level compression of the voices via stretching and looping, etc.), which in the end burned me out on the subject - probably a good thing.  Anyway, during that time I ran across a fantastic MIDI file of the Gnossiennes, created by author Saya Tomoko: [MIDI].  That it's manually sequenced is extra amazing, as the note dynamics and rubato are quite realistically applied.  I softened the velocities somewhat in Cakewalk in order to make it more intimate sounding.  Believe me, good MIDI files are few and far between.

And here it is rendered on our Roland RD-700NX: [MP3] - 8  years ago!  The order of voices as recorded: Studio, Brilliant, Concert.  Concert is the default voice, so presumably Roland thought it was superior to the others.  I read somewhere that it was an amalgam of several different pianos, and I suppose I believe that as it isn't very consistent sounding to me.  I find the Studio to be a bit less complex, but clearer and less "dark", so I prefer it over the Concert.  The Brilliant isn't so brilliant IMO, too jangly sounding, I think I would have omitted it from the RD and used the memory for a different piano, or for improving the other two pianos.  The sympathetic resonance of the damper pedal simulator on the RD is pleasant and fairly realistic sounding, though you have to turn it up quite a bit in order to hear it.  And the note decays of the RD pianos are top notch (but only compared to the other incredibly shitty offerings of digital piano manufacturers).

Posted: 8/17/2019 12:02:00 PM

From: Halifax, Canada (east coast)

Joined: 7/28/2019

Hello from Halifax, Peter!  

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