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Mapping Human Gesture into Electronic Media

Troika Ranch.

Troika Ranch is the name of a New York-based performers’ group founded in 1993 by Dawn Stoppiello, a dancer and a coreographer, and Mark Coniglio, a composer who develop works of what they call slash arts: dance + music + theatre + interactive media.

Theremin Cello is back. An interview with Olivia Mattis

Theremincello Orchestra.

An interview with musicologist Olivia Mattis about the return of the Theremin Cello. In his continual quest for instruments for his “organized sound,” Edgard Varèse experimented with different kinds of musical and non-musical devices. Since he believed in a strict collaboration between composers and scientists, he also approached various scientists and inventors like Luigi Russolo […]

An Interview with Leon Theremin

Léon Theremin and Olivia Mattis in France

Interview conducted in France in 1989, when Leon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen) first emerged from Russia after 51 years of state arrest. Olivia Mattis and Leon Theremin in Bourges, France 16 June 1989 Conducted in France in 1989, when Leon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen) first emerged from Russia after 51 years of state arrest. Also […]

The Secret Music of China

The Secret Music of China Long Playing featuring thereminist Samuel Hoffman

According to Gary Hoffman (the son of Samuel Hoffman) “The Secret Music of China” was a musical produced in 1947 with orchestra, chorus, and cast under the direction of Alexander Laszlo. The music was released in the same year on four 78 rpm records and then re-released in 1949 on a 33&1/3 rpm 10-inch microgroove […]

RCA Theremin Service Notes

The RCA Victor Theremin

Preface The RCA Theremin is an electrical musical instrument played by the free movement of the hands in space. The actual production of sound is accomplished by means of a loudspeaker which must be connected to the RCA Theremin. The loudspeaker may be located close to the Theremin or at any convenient distance as required. […]