Willow’s Song with theremin

June 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A live performance of Spacedog’s latest set at the Blank Gallery, Brighton, June 2008. As seen at the Sanctuary, Brighton Festival Fringe, 2008. This number samples the Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out (1968), mixing it with Willow’s Song from that other British occult classic The Wicker Man (Paul Giovanni, 1973). Mind control courtesy the hypnotic voice of the great Charles Gray. The very first sample is from a 1950s Parakeet training record.

The lineup: Jenny Angliss, Sarah Angliss, Mike Blow, Ben Kypreos and Colin Uttley.

For anyone interested in the technical details: The Hammer samples you are hearing are being scrubbed (i.e. speed controlled) live using the theremin. Sarah (the thereminist) has devised a Max/MSP patch that enables her to do so – this also scrubs the video live. Mike (in the green tee-shirt) is cueing in the samples as the song progresses. As the lighting in the gallery wasn’t suitable for projection, we’ve added our usual visuals onto this film, during the edit.

Spacedog
www.sarahangliss.com

3D meets the vibraphone – impressive performance

June 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video is a must see, really cool performance using Kinect technology.

Extending the acoustic vibraphone by embedding 3D gesture recognition using the Kinect. Kinect-Max/MSP (Kinect Datastream-OSC-MIDI)- controlling filter parameters in Ableton Live to modulate the acoustic audio input from the vibraphone in real-time. Developed by Gabrielle Odowichuk and Shawn Trail @ MISTIC.

Dorit explore the MOOG SOUND LAB’s theremin

June 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dorit Chrysler dynamically plays an original composition on her customized Moog Etherwave Pro, a theremin manufactured by Moog Music from 2004-2006, for an ethereal Moog Sound Lab.

To function as a one woman band, Dorit triggers a prerecorded backtrack on her laptop, adding vocals and Etherwave Pro theremin in real time. At her feet are a MF-104Z Analog Delay and an Akai Head Rush looper to add depth to her sound. Voila!

See other Moog Sound Lab performances: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/sound_lab

Learn more about the Etherwave Theremin family: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/Etherwave-Theremins

Learn more about the MF-104Z: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/moogerfoogers/mf-104z-analog-delay

Dorit’s brand new record “Sea of Negligence” is available on iTunes or on www.doritchrysler.com

Spacedog song feat. robot, theremin and Nipkow disk

May 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Spacedog’s homage to Stooky Bill, ventriloquial sidekick of John Logie-Baird who appeared on the second ever television image, c1925. Baird was the inventor of an early, mechanical television apparatus that was tested at Alexander Palace, London.

This song features Spacedog’s own Stooky-like Hugo, a 1930s vent doll who was rescued from the attic of a dead magician.

If you’d like to see and hear more curiosities from Spacedog, do check out our new website:
www.spacedogmusic.com

This piece was recorded live, in one take, during Televisor, a live music and robotic show created by Spacedog and performed at the Brunswick Theatre, Brighton Festival Fringe, May 2011. Professor Elemental was guesting on the night.

This song is based on an original composition by Stephen Hiscock, with vocal and other samples composed by Sarah Angliss

Musicians:

Hugo as “Stooky Bill”

Sarah Angliss
theremin

Stephen Hiscock
vibraphone

Robots and televisor built by Sarah Angliss and Colin Uttley, Spacedog.
Video edit: Sarah Angliss.

Theremin jam

May 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The theremin, originally known as the aetherphone/etherophone, thereminophone or termenvox/thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

The theremin is associated with a very eerie sound, which has led to its use in movie soundtracks such as Miklos Rozsa’s for Spellbound and The Lost Weekend and Bernard Herrmann’s for The Day the Earth Stood Still and as the theme tune for the ITV drama Midsomer Murders. Theremins are also used in concert music (especially avant-garde and 20th- and 21st-century new music) and in popular music genres such as rock. Psychedelic rock bands in particular, such as Hawkwind, have often used the theremin in their work.

In this video:

“OK, I have always wanted a Moog theremin, I finally scored one and it is an Etherwave Plus model to boot. This was constructed as a kit by the guy I bought it from, he did a great job although his finishing of the case is not to my satisfaction so I will be re-doing that someday.

I need to practice, and these things require practice, as with any other musical instrument. What a brilliant instrument it is, Thank You Lev and Bob.

Korg Z1 providing backround chaos, Theremin, that is all.”

Playing the Thereglyph within the radiopool of a plasma globe

May 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Radiopool Thereglyph combines circuit bending with Theremin like  radio wave interaction. Exact principles at work here are still wrapped in mystery. Very interesting sounds.dio interference, traditionally a problem in audio, can be used to our advantage. By means of the Thereglyph instrument I would like to introduce to circuit-bending a concept I call radiopool.

While Leon’s Theremin looks to onboard RF generation and sounds the same played anywhere, immersing a radiopool instrument to various depths within the RF field (the radiopool) yields changing results… similar to differing the length of the air column within a flute.

For more info on this instrument and building one yourself, check-out the flickr gallery:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonbear3325/sets/72157626396557545/

Reaktor Fans: Arcturan UltraTheremin for Reaktor and Konkreet Performer

May 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

After a few too many pan galactic gargle blasters it’s time to dig out the ol’ Arcturan UltraTheremin and rock out on Squornshellous Zeta until you pass out on a living mattress.

I built this as a learning project to figure out how to map Konkreet Performer’s nodes to voices in Reaktor. If you’re interested, you can download at modulations.noisepages.com – you’ll need an iPad and Konkreet Performer to take full advantage of it. (It also works with TouchOSC if you don’t mind a slightly less freakish playing experience)

Classic tune “Nature Boy” performed on a theremin

May 2, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Written as a pop ballad, “Nature Boy” follows an “A,B” format, with both sections being melodically and harmonically similar until the final 4-bar phrase of each. The primary melodic theme is a pickup note on the 5 of the minor i chord, then three notes descending on a minor triad above the pickup note. An ascending line over the diminished ii chord returns to the initial minor triad.

The harmonic structure makes frequent use of the standard ii-V-i progression in the key of D minor. The second 4-bar section featured a chromatic descending line based on the lowering of the tonic (Dm, Dmmaj7, Dm7, Dm6). The same descending line then continues through Gm6, Dm, then finally ending with a whole-step down to the G in the chord Em

Ghazala Thereglyph

April 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Radio interference, traditionally a problem in audio, can be used to our advantage. By means of the Thereglyph instrument I would like to introduce to circuit-bending a concept I call radiopool.

While Leon’s Theremin looks to onboard RF generation and sounds the same played anywhere, immersing a radiopool instrument to various depths within the RF field (the radiopool) yields changing results… similar to differing the length of the air column within a flute.

Here I’m playing the Thereglyph within the radiopool of a plasma globe – sometimes touched, sometimes not. For more info on this instrument and building one yourself, check-out my flickr gallery:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonbear3325/sets/72157626396557545/

Getting to know the Gakken Premium Theremin

April 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Gakken Premium Theremin is an affordable and highly playable battery operated theremin instrument. Unlike most theremins, it uses an armband contact instead of a connection to earth ground. It also features – – coarse and fine controls for both pitch and volume antennae – master volume – 1/8″ audio output jack – instrument stand mounting thread

http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKGK20

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