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Serenata (for intonarumori and other instruments)

Luigi Russolo
Serenata (for intonarumori and other instruments)
Luigi RussoloSerenata (for intonarumori and other instruments)
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From a 1924 record. The music was composed by Antonio Russolo, brother of Luigi.

Corale (for intonarumori and other instruments)

Luigi Russolo
Corale (for intonarumori and other instruments)
Luigi RussoloCorale (for intonarumori and other instruments)
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From a 1924 record. The music was composed by Antonio Russolo, brother of Luigi.

Moment of Moog

Ken Soper
Moment of Moog
Ken SoperMoment of Moog
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“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.

Bach Minuet in G Minor

David Hunter
Bach Minuet in G Minor
David HunterBach Minuet in G Minor
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Recorded in Toronto 4th March 2006 on a homemade Art Harrison 126 theremin.

Four ThereMantras

Kip Rosser
Four ThereMantras
Kip RosserFour ThereMantras
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The Four ThereMantras are a combination of improvised music with predetermined concepts, structure and sounds. Each is separated by the tone of a Tibetan singing bowl. Winner of Cygnus Radio’s SPELLBOUND Best Avant Garde Composition, 2006.

The brief FOUR THEREMANTRAS are:

I – Kraa Procession
II – Pagoda W’eez
III – Xun-Blood, The Run to Heaven
IV – Sona – Lev’s Lullaby

Sit in lotus position, close your eyes, breathe deep and let go…

Divertimento #4 For Piano and Theremin

Kip Rosser and Howard Moscovitz
Divertimento #4 For Piano and Theremin
Kip Rosser and Howard MoscovitzDivertimento #4 For Piano and Theremin
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Howard Moscovitz and I have embarked on an improvisational journey, the first step of which was a five-hour session. during that time we began exploring the potential for intuitive music. the Divertimento was our fourth experiment that day, and one that was very different from the others. In it there are intermittent passages where the theremin employs what I call an inflective voice, one that is more linguistic than musical — this quality then informed the piano, promtping Howard to play in “clusters” of flowing notes that yeilded some intriguing tonal variants. There was also a very intricate ebb and flow between piano and theremin, as they lead one another through the piece.

Adagietto

Kip Rosser and Jef Anderson
Adagietto
Kip Rosser and Jef AndersonAdagietto
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From Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Adagietto is an achingly beautiful composition. This is the first four minutes of the full ten-minute piece, ending as it did in our production of Unholy Secrets of the Theremin. Jef has created what is very close to an orchestral fullness to the accompaniment, and we found that the theremin’s timbre worked best as a rich voice with (if you listen carefully) a slight oboe texture.

Le Gitan et la Fille

Kip Rosser and Jef Anderson
Le Gitan et la Fille
Kip Rosser and Jef AndersonLe Gitan et la Fille
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Translated, the title of Jo Moustaki’s fantastic song is, “The Gypsy and the Girl.” Pianist Jef Anderson and I hope to convey the passion and seductive quality of the lyrics, even though this is an instrumental version. Briefly, the gypsy tells the girl, “Love is worth any price,” and he proceeds to tell her all he is willing to do to possess her love: “I will steal from the people of the city to bring you a dress of satin!’ he says. “I will say ‘I love you’ as one speaks the name of Jesus, or I’ll cry it in the streets like a blasphemy!” And there’s plenty more where that came from. Seek out Edith Piaf’s recording of the song and you’ll be amazed.

Therondy For Moog

Howard Mossman
Therondy For Moog
Howard MossmanTherondy For Moog
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This musical elegy is a tribute to the late, great Bob Moog.
I set the tone contour of my EPro to try and capture the sorrow in my heart for this very special man, and friend.
You my also recognize the song as Hatikva.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Steven Hasten
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Steven HastenLet Me Call You Sweetheart
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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