Introduced in 1928, the Theremin is one of the earliest and most widely known electronic instruments. Played artists that manipulate invisible energy fields around antennas which control the pitch and volume of the sound, Theremin music has distinguished hit records from such diverse artists as The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Clara Rockmore and Linkin Park.
Today (April 1st), Moog Music designers carrying on the legacy of visionary founder, Robert Moog have announced the first major technical Theremin design advance in over 40 years. The PolyTheremin™ incorporates bleeding edge IsoDirectional Inductive Oscillator Technology, to isolate space around five individual pitch antennas thus enabling each to be played simultaneously (finger-by-finger) without interference from its companion antennas. This revolutionary concept breaks the long held belief that the Theremin could only be monophonic instrument.
The PolyTheremin ships with Dorit Chrysler’s instructional video “Playing the PolyTheremin is Even Easier Than Playing a Monophonic Theremin.”
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Here´s what the guy behind has to say about it:
This recording of Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise Op. 34 has absolutely no musical value. I’m not a musician, I’m a theremingénieur…. So this is a demonstration of my most recent development – a small module which is soldered onto the Etherwave’s circuit board and which extends the pitch range of this theremin by somewhat more than 1.5 octaves towards lower frequencies. The player will feel a much more stable and linear pitch field, even very far away from the pitch antenna. At the same time, the bass range of this instrument does not longer sound like a dying motorbike…
As the theremin goes very low, small computer speakers will perhaps not allow you to hear the extended bass in acceptable quality. Try using headphones or an external sound system…
You may ask further questions via the contact form of my website http://theremin.tfrenkel.com
Ableton Theremin – experimental electronic music made by translating hand gestures tracked by Quartz Composer and webcam, into OSC then Midi and sending on to Ableton to trigger Spectrasonics Omnisphere and RMX.
It’s just a matter of time before everyone makes their own music ღ♪*•.¸¸¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪
Ones again featuring the hyped theremin LOL
Performance of Matryomin(matrioshka shaped theremin) by Matryomin ensemble “Mable”.
Seems like everyone’s doing theremins these days, hehe
Ethero (App Store link) is a free app that turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a light theremin.
Ethero takes the amount of light coming into the device’s camera and translates it into a sound frequency. Moving your hand or another object in front of the device camera will change the pitch of the sound. The more light coming into the camera, the higher the pitch.
To control the volume of the sound, simply touch the screen of the iphone and move it up and down the screen.
- Calibration. To get the full frequency range of the instrument even when in poor lighting conditions. Press the cog icon, hold your device still then press the tick icon. If you want to reset the calibration, just press the cog icon again and press the cross icon.
- An LFO (low frequency oscillator) which adds vibrato to the sound. Press the ‘LFO on’ button to switch it on, and again to switch it off.
- A lock to chromatic frequencies. This makes the instrument easier to play if you’re just getting used to it, as only frequencies on the chromatic scale are played and the ‘glide’ from the sound is removed. Press the music-note button to switch to chromatic mode, and again to switch it off.
This is “Being & Time” Live(Theremin Night) at Chicken George(Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan), Feb, 14, 2011.
“Being & Time” is an instrumental progressive / jazz rock duo in Kobe, Japan.
Fuyuhiko Tani – Guitar Synthesizer(GR-55)，Programming
Hiroshi Tsukagoshi – Bass
Guest:：Macoto Kikuchi – Theremin
I get asked about once a month if I can make a MIDI interface for the Theremin. So after completing the vacuum tube Theremin I thought it was about time I built one.
This device accurately matches Theremin Pitch to MIDI note, along with volume data – using a cunning blend of microprocessor, signal-processing hardware and some clever embedded software.
So far I’ve tested it with a PAIA Theremax, a Moog Etherwave Plus and my own Keppinger VT Theremin.
Not only does it produce pitch information, it can provide controller data, and realtime arpeggiation using simplified or complex chords – read from a MIDI keyboard connected to the input.
It even blends subtle pitch bend control into the MIDI stream to allow user controlled vibrato to be added. Just like a real Theremin.
Since enough people asked about it – I’ve put together a complete package here :