Building a Terpsitone

Posted: 2/14/2006 12:28:57 PM

From: New York, New York

Joined: 2/14/2006

I'm a Music Technology student at NYU, and I'm trying to build a Terpsitone for a class... I know it'll take some work, but I have a whole team of people behind me... anybody have a schematic or suggest to call/email anybody who would?


Posted: 2/14/2006 12:47:14 PM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

What an exciting project!
This is definitely a topic to post on Levnet as well. Bet you'll get responses.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Posted: 2/14/2006 2:59:22 PM

From: New York, New York

Joined: 2/14/2006

Thanks for the tip, I'm sending a message to Levnet right now... any other suggestions are appreciated.
Posted: 2/16/2006 6:26:18 AM

From: Hillsborough, NC (USA)

Joined: 2/13/2005

I'd love to hear more about this project as it unfolds. Bob Moog worked with a group at Harvard (I may have the school wrong there) to build one a few years ago. Perhaps you could get in touch with them to learn more.
Posted: 2/17/2006 2:39:42 PM

From: Netherlands

Joined: 7/9/2005

Afaik Lydia Kavina has a terpsitone. It was built for her by Lev Theremin. (You can send a mail to

Also Wilco Botermans just has finished a theremin-dance project. Not with a terpsitone, but five theremins hanging from a ceiling above the stage, being 'played' by two dancers. Maybe Wilco has some pointers.
He 's in Germany for a few days, I will get his attention to this thread when he's back.

Posted: 3/7/2006 10:50:18 PM

From: Toledo, Ohio United States of America

Joined: 2/22/2006

Hi all,
What the wave is a terpsitone? That name peaks my interest!
Posted: 3/8/2006 2:34:10 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005


Description here ( (bottom of page.)
Posted: 3/8/2006 11:38:06 AM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Can we hear it yet? (just teasing)
So dr. pharma, how's it going did you get the information you needed here and from Levnet?
Posted: 2/1/2016 2:18:18 PM

From: Lausanne, Switzerland

Joined: 3/15/2005

Just revisiting this thread...



Posted: 2/1/2016 8:09:35 PM

From: Colmar, France

Joined: 12/31/2007

That body instrument has NOTHING to do with the terpsitone. It's a Kinect driven MIDI device. It's neither capacitance controlled, nor heterodyning, as the original terpsitone was. 

Basically, the terpsitone is nothing other than a (true heterodyning) theremin where the oscillators have been designed for heavier capacitive load, and where the pitch antenna has been replaced by a conductive part inside the platform.

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