Tag Archives: People

Shueh-li Ong: Music From Another Land

Shueh-li Ong with her synthesizers, Theremin and Guqin

An interview with polystrumentist, singer and composer Shueh-li Ong. “Music From Another Land” is not the typical “theremin album” you’d expect from musicians like Lydia Kavina, Pamelia Kurstin or Peter Pringle, to name a few. Although there is a good amount of well-played theremin, it just doesn’t play the leading role. In fact, the feeling […]

In Clara’s Home – Her Last Years, and the Summer of 1997

Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin.

The following essay was written by Steve J. Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson. As the title suggests, it provides us with an in-depth account of Clara Rockmore’s life during her last decade, up until her death in 1998, and includes a detailed chapter devoted to the controversial summer of 1997 and the […]

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 […]

Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos is an American composer and electronic musician. She was one of the first famous performers of electronic music using synthesisers. Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos, November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is an American composer and electronic musician. Wendy Carlos was one of the first famous performers of electronic music using synthesisers. […]

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 […]

Bohuslav Martinu

See new article on Bohuslav Martinů: Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen: the Path to Fantasia for Theremin. Bohuslav Martinů (December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was a Czech composer. He wrote a “Fantasia” for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano, which he dedicated to Lucie Bigelow Rosen. Bohuslav Martinů (December 8, 1890 – August […]

Edgard Varèse

Edgard Varese

Edgar (or Edgard) Varèse (December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was a French-born composer, who moved to the United States in 1915 and took American citizenship in 1926. Edgar (or Edgard) Varèse (December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was a French-born composer, who moved to the United States in 1915 and took American […]

Lev Sergeyevich Termen: The Inventor of the Theremin

Léon Theremin demonstrating the Thereminvox.

The history of the Theremin and its inventor through a collection of press clips. The Birth of the Theremin In the years previous to 1920, a young student, Lev Sergeivitch Termen (a name which was thereafter gallicized to Léon Théremin), built an electronic musical instrument in St. Petersburg. It was a Thermionic tubed instrument. Théremin […]