The first test of the Magic Ceramic Theremin lamp. It is developed as a peculiar piece for the opening of the Exibition of several ceramists in Gallery Artibrak. from november until 28th of December 2011.
A theremin is normally stepless, but in this case an A-156 is used as a quantizer..
Small explanation for those who are not familiar:
In this magic piece of ceramic two antenna’s are integrated. One antenna for the volume and one for the pitch. The instrument does not have to be touched. The volume can be controlled by your left hand (when approaching it the volume increases), the pitch can be controlled by your right hand (when approaching it, the pitch of the sound goes up). By approaching the antenna’s you are influencing the potential difference. Just like the antenna of your transistor radio which functions well or not when approaching it.
The Magic Ceramic is based on the original Theremin invented by Léon Theremin in 1919. That electronic instrument is stepless variable and very expressive. It sounds like an opera voice or violin.
This ceramic version of the instrument has a much more variety than it’s original. You can make the sound stepless or let it be quantized, so that you hear a real tonescale/musical scale. The sinus-tone of the Magic Ceramic is quantized (chopped in pieces), and in the way it is presented now only the Minor notes are heard. (like the black keys on a piano) In this way the steps between the notes are bigger and easier to distinguish. Other possibilities are just Major notes or the complete tonescale, quantized or not. There is also a small sampler added, so when you reach the highest note a spoken voice can be heard.
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This video captures a performance, by Rob Schwimmer, of Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars.
Schwimmer uses a Moog Etherwave Theremin, played through an Electro Harmonix Talking Machine, inspired by Peter Pringle’s virtuosic performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.
Schwimmer has worked with a wide range of artists, ranging from Antonio Carlos Jobim to Laurie Anderson to Stevie Wonder.
“Kurt Weill’s beautiful song played on the Moog Etherwave theremin. I used the Electro Harmonix Talking Machine (a great combination discovered by thereminist Peter Pringle) for the voice… Inspired by Judy Garland’s crazed rendition from her TV show and dedicated to Mary Cleere Haran.”
This video has a little bit of everything… lol It features a quick look behind the scenes at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC. We have a little history of the Theremin, and a peek of one being made in the factory… all the while PRIMUS jamming in the Moog Sound Lab. There is even a rare little jam with Les Claypool on electric drums and Jay Lane playing “Who’s got the funk” on Les’s acoustic bass! As I said… this video has everything!
The great folks at Moog Music were AMAZING! Asheville was AMAZING! Primus was AMAZING! Les Claypool is ALWAYS AMAZING (he even took a minute to pose for a picture goo.gl/pSisp )!
Thanks everyone… What an overall AMAZING time!
A short electronic piece featuring the theremin like sounds of the Monotonic Labs Type- U-73 (sorry not pictured here yet, but will so in future videos), playing over a scored section of heavy electronic makeshift pizzacato strings by an overdriven string section (“these are not even string patches” but parts played on an Ensoniq SD-1). The lo=fi sounds out of the SD-1 were made intentionally..by no means does it represent what the SD-1 sounds like with it’s better patches! Another note, I did have an ESQ-m patch going into the U-73 VCO input which effects the timbre somewhat. (This is a REV-E model, not all U-73’s have inputs).
“Scene: (In the year 2054) when the soloist U-73 player rehearses for a gig with a bunch of stuffy white shirt stringonauts on a space station “
It’s almost Halloween again, time to drink witches brew with creatures of the night and let the unearthly sounds of the Theremin float through the ether. In celebration of the holiday Moog has created a glow in the dark version of their Etherwave Theremin. Play at night and let the unearthly glow guide your hand. Only 200 exist so act quickly.
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Control is difficult before a performance!
Hello theremin can be found here >>
Changeling is the super easy, flexible, diatonic chord sequencer.
It’s purpose is to help people enjoy composing music by providing the basic tools to improvise!
Improvisation is a skill that can normally only be obtained by investing a lot of discipline and time in to studying music theory and practice.
Changeling does not generate compositions for you, you remain in full creative control over your music.
All recorded musical notes remain relative, and can be changed in various ways during playback.
Synth dude in a white coat fiddling with his gear
The CP 251’s LFO is the heart of the time driven events in this program. It is driving the rate of the Sequencer, the sample and hold that is sent to the MF-101 filter, and is being lag processed and controlling the pitch of the Mf-107 Freqbox. Noise from the CP is also being processed by the 103 Phaser. The q119 is modulating the pitch of the Mf-102, creating a melody, that is fed to the Synthesizers.com VCA, to the 104z Delay and to the board. The q119 is also firing gates to the envgen which is controlling the vca. The Voyager is taking a nap in this piece, but is midi controlling the Taurus Pedals. The touch surface is activating the sequencer. The Theremin was obviously a lacking overdub, but I was in a hurry to finish this program so I could rip the cords out and start over.
Cp251: Lfo squarewave multiplied: 1. Lagged, sent to Freqbox Freq In. 2. Sent to q119 to control rate. 3. Sample and Hold to MF-101 Cutoff Frequency
Noise source sent to phaser, Phaser output to board.
Q119, 1×24 stage sequence modulating the freq input of the mf102. Gate output to Envgen.
MF102: Audio to VCA then to delay then to board.
Voyager: Midi controlling Taurus 3, Touchscreen
Experiment with controlling Make Noise Phonogene with Doepfer Theremin modules.
Left antenna control cutoff on doepfer A-106-6 filter and gates from antenna switches filter type on A-106-6 via A-152.
Right antenna control Vari-speed on phonoene .
Just watching this vintage movie is worth the posting
Recorded in one take. Effects chain: ModTone BuzzBoy in etherwave standard theremin w/ ESPE01 mod and effects loop, to Marshall Echohead Delay, to Electro Harmonix Talking Machine w/ expression pedal. Some dynamic compression and reverb added in post-production.
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.