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Lucy Rosen’s 1940’s Theremin Notebook

Lucie Rosen Custom Theremin

The document below was found by John Snyder during his Caramoor research many years ago. Lucy Rosen owned that country estate, and maintained two custom theremins made for her by Professor Theremin. The typewritten photocopies John rescued were apparently originally transcribed from shorthand notes. The document contains numerous grammatical errors. I edited here and there […]

A Portrait of Bud Averill

Theremin Player Bud Averill.

“Bud” Averill was a very obscure Thereminist and the proprietor of a restaurant (late 30’s, early 40’s?). I am not sure exactly where! I think it was in California. “Bud” used to entertain his customers at “Paradise Cafe” with the Theremin. Oh yeah, Kansas City Steaks and Georgia Fried Chicken were their specialty! I believe […]

Project: Pimento – Magical Moods of the Theremin

There’s only one theremin lounge band, and that’s Project: Pimento! Their debut CD holds a potent cocktail of hypnotic sounds from the theremin mixed with swanky lounge tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s played in a space age pop style with hints of jazz. swing, and bossa nova…all for your listening pleasure. There are […]

Peter Pringle – Many Voices

Peter Pringle plays the theremin very well, and many members on the Levnet mailinglist must have been waiting impatiently for Peter to finaly produce a cd. There are three theremins featured on this recording: the 1929 RCA that once belonged to Dr. Samuel Hoffman, the RCA that was once the property of Julius Goldberg, and […]

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen was a French composer and organist who championed the Ondes Martenot, of which his sister-in-law, Jeanne Loriod, was a leading exponent. Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer and organist. Messiaen was born in Avignon into a literary family: his mother was the poet Cécile Sauvage, while […]