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Corale (for intonarumori and other instruments)

Luigi RussoloCorale (for intonarumori and other instruments)

From a 1924 record. The music was composed by Antonio Russolo, brother of Luigi.

Luigi Russolo Exhibition at Mart, Italy

Luigi Russolo at the Russolophone.

An exhibition announced as the “first large-scale anthological of [Luigi] Russolo” is something that a Futurism fanatic and Russolo worshipper like me can’t miss. Moreover, the info page at Mart’s web site said: Reconstructions of his “Noisemakers” […] will be put on show for the express purpose of enabling the public to interact with them. I […]

Moment of Moog

Ken SoperMoment of Moog

“Sometimes it feels as if he is still here; other times, he is sorely missed. One year ago his fate was sealed and the finality of his death certainly gave all of us pause. The ‘Moment of Moog’ is our way of honoring the tens of thousands of musicians who carry Bob’s legacy forward,” reflected Mike Adams, President, Moog Music.

Theremin Classic “The Swan” Magisterially Performed by Masami Takeuchi

Masami Takeuchi

We’ve heard it so many times played by Clara, Lydia, Peter and many others. And all of us theremin lovers have tried to play it, with mixed results, at least one time. It’s the theremin Classic The Swan by Saint-Saens. Well, it is worth to listen to it one more time in this video by […]

Jean Jacques Perrey Beautiful Videos

Jean Jacques Perrey playing the Ondioline at the Club Transmediale Festival 2006 (Germany)

Five fabulous videos of Jean Jacques Perrey playing live with Dana Countryman, being interviewed and lecturing with Bob Moog. If you, like me, are not among the lucky ones who attended Jean Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman gigs in California, you can comfort yourself by looking at these fabulous videos by Mal Meehan at the […]

"Thereminized" Casio SK-1 Videos

A Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard modified in order to be controlled in a way similat to the theremin.

Two “thereminized” Casio SK-1. Something Clara Rockmore would have not approved. The SK-1 is a cheap home keyboard made by Casio in 1985 featuring an 8-bit PCM, 9.38kHz sampler (about 1.4 seconds), 5 PCM presets, 11 drum patterns, an additive synth section, and 13 envelope shapes. I have one and love it, though I haven’t […]

Pamelia on MySpace

Thereminist Pamelia Kurstin.

Rollerskating-bird-punching-hair-cutting and cigarettes smoking while playing super thereminist Pamelia Kurstin has a profile on MySpace.com with samples, photographs and upcoming shows. She will tour in Russia, Austria, U.K, Greece and then back in the U.S. And, Pamelia, pay attention when you play in the U.K.! See what happened to Keith Richards for smoking on stage […]

Samuel Hoffman 1952 “You Asked for It” Video

Theremin player Samuel Hoffmann at 'You Asked For It' TV Show.

You Asked For It was a human-interest show that aired between 1950 and 1959. For the first few months, it was named The Art Baker Show, after the series creator and host, Art Baker. In April of 1951, the show’s title was changed to You Asked For It. [Wikipedia] In 1952 the show featured Samuel […]

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Steven HastenLet Me Call You Sweetheart

These are the only sound files I have of the RCA Theremin. They were done to demonstrate the range as it was with the oscillators restored to specs. I later changed the frequencies of the pitch and reference oscillators to restore playing range.

You can hear spurious oscillations we call “birdies”as the sweep nears the point at which the oscillator locks up and then starts again as we go downscale.

In the second verse of my lousy rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” You can hear birdies as I get dangerously close to that cutoff point.

The files are a bit noisy but the actual theremin sound was clean. I am sorry for the quality of these recordings. The purpose in making them was to demonstrate my progress as I got her in line.

Steven Hasten 5/18/2005