Category Archives: Stories

Eri II: Making People Happy with the Theremin

Japanese theremin player Eri Li with the Etherwave Pro Theremin

An interview with Japanese singer and thereminist Eri Ii.  Eri II is a Japanese singer and thereminist. She received classical voice training from Masako Ueno (who studied with Mario Del Monaco) and, more recently, she began to learn the theremin. We’ve had the luck to listen to her charming theremin playing thanks to her uploads […]

Masami Takeuchi: First Professional Thereminist of Japan

Japanese Theremin player Masami Takeuchi with a Big Briar Series 91Theremin

The Japanese theremin scene is a lively one. But it’s not easy to find information about it since most of the web sites are in the Japanese language only and Japanese theremin enthusiasts usually do not participate in English language online forums. The result is that Japan is like a theremin world apart. That’s why […]

Intonarumori

Intonarumori 1919

The Intonarumori were a family musical instruments invented in 1913 by italian futurist painter and musical composer Luigi Russolo. They were acoustic noise generators that permitted to create and control in dynamic and pitch several different types of noises. The Intonarumori were a family musical instruments invented in 1913 by italian futurist painter and musical composer Luigi […]

Friends of the Theremin

The Japanese “Friends of Theremin” association is probably the biggest theremin club of the world. This interview with a representative of the association give us an insight of the Japanese theremin scene. Sato: How many theremins have been sold in Japan? FOT: It’s difficult to say, but I can say that almost every member of […]

Big Briar Series 91

Designed by Bob Moog, the Big Briar Series 91 theremins were produced from 1991 to 1997. Series 91 are still played by Japanese thereminists Masami Takeuchi and Hiroshi Takano, by german thereminist Carolina Eyck and by U.S. thereminist James Coleman. Since they are no longer in production, the information below, taken from the Big Briar […]

Pavlov Theremin Model 1994

Pavlov Theremin 1994.

The preliminary information sheet of the Pavlov Theremin Model 1994 designed by George Pavlov and Yaroslav Schelkunov. This can be considered the predecessor of the tVox tour. What follows is the “Preliminary information sheet” of the Pavlov Theremin Model 1994, predecessor ot the tVox tour. This model is no longer in production, thus the following […]

Relative pitch

The term relative pitch may denote: the distance of a musical note from a set point of reference, e.g. “three octaves above middle C” a musician’s ability to identify the intervals between given tones, regardless of their relation to concert pitch (A = 440Hz) the skill used by singers to correctly sing a melody, following […]

Absolute pitch

Absolute pitch is either the exact pitch of a note described by its number of vibrations per second, or the ability, commonly referred to as perfect pitch, to identify a note by name without the benefit of a reference note. A person with perfect pitch will be able to, at minimum, know when a piece […]

Alexandra Stepanoff

Thereminist Alexandra Stepanoff.

A short biography of Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States Alexandra Stepanoff. Alexandra Stepanoff was Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States. Formerly a concert singer, around the late twenties she moved from Russia to New York where, thanks to the local Russian community, she met Léon Théremin. Stepanoff participated […]

Theremin

Theremin

Invented in 1919 by Russian Lev Sergeivitch Termen (also known as Léon Théremin), the thereminvox, or theremin, was the first electronic musical instrument. The Thereminvox or Theremin was the first electronic musical instrument. Invented in 1919 by Russian Lev Sergeivitch Termen (later anglicized to Léon Théremin), the Thereminvox was an offshoot of government-sponsored research into […]