The theremin in this video is the instrument that once belonged to Julius Goldberg, the partner and personal assistant of Russian inventor Leon Theremin. This is a 1929 RCA theremin that was customized by Goldberg in the early 1930’s and provided with “lightning bolt” volume and pitch antennas. In this video, I am using an ELECTRO-HARMONIX “Talking Machine” on a fixed, open “AH” sound, which lends to the tone a remarkable likeness to a human tenor.
The theremin has often been compared to an “electric soprano” but used with the Talking Machine, it can also be an ELECTRIC TENOR or an ELECTRIC BARITONE!
The composition is the famous tenor aria, NESSUN DORMA, from the opera TURANDOT by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
Edvard Grieg’s Anitras’ Dance from Peer Gynt reallized on the Sound Lab Mark II and ULTIMATE analog synthesizers.
“This is multi-track MIDI driving MIDI to CV which drives the MFOS Sound Lab Mark II and the MFOS Sound Lab ULTIMATE. The MFOS Gate and CV Distributor and MFOS Delayed Modulation Module were also used in the production. Since both synths are mono all MIDI was broken down to mono tracks (no chords allowed) and each MIDI track played through the MIDI to CV convertor/synth combination one at a time. I set each patch to what I thought sounded good in the position and I think in the end it seems to work. I tweaked and mixed and tweaked and mixed and tweaked and… I’ll stop there. ALL sounds are purely from the MIDI driven synths including the triangle. I wanted it to sound analog synthetic but not too “cheesy” (you’ll have to be the judge… be kind). Reverb and panning were applied during mix down. I used SONAR 8.0 Producer to mix down the tracks (well over 20 stereo). Sorry about the sucky quality of the video. I forgot to mention that I designed and built the analog synthesizers. If you want to build one go to www dot musicfromouterspace a dot and a com for free plans and reasonably priced PC boards. Hey! Working on a student or independent film and need an analog synth builder/music producer? Lets talk. You can get hold of me via my web site musicfromouterspace dot com.”
Here’s the electronic version of Stockhausens Kontakte from 1960. There’s also some interesting text comment in the beginning.
There a version of Kontakte including piano and percussion.
Some monday morning classical music
Nocturne by Frédéric Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type.
Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this piece?
A: Sheet music for this can be found here:
Q: Where can I get the MIDI file for this piece
Q: What do the colors mean?
A: Interval types shown with colored lines (as shown at the beginning).
Q: Haven’t I seen another version of this video somewhere?
A: Yes; the original version (worse sound and image) is here:
The second version (smaller graphic) is here:
This is the third version.
Q: How can I make this kind of display for my music?
A: This type of display is available as the “YARN” display in the MAM Player.
Q: What piano are you using?
A: This is the Pianissimo piano from Acoustica:
Q: How and when did you make this rendition?
A: I made this rendition in the early days of MIDI (1980s, I think), by laying down left hand and right hand tracks individually, not in real time.
Q: Please tell me more about the composer.
A: You can read about the composer here