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Valerio is a long time theremin lover. When he's not busy chasing ether-waves, he enjoys making music with computers and synthesizers, writing, and designing t-shirts.
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The Theremin Journey of Eric Ross

Photo of thereminist Eric Ross at Casada Musica, Oporto Portugal.

Eric Ross is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theremin player. He has written countless scores in his long career, including many pages of original music for the theremin. He has presented rich multimedia performances worldwide, mixing music, video, and computer art and dance. And he has released several recordings. In this interview, Eric tells us about his long musical journey.

Lydia Kavina: The Theremin Yesterday And Today

Theremin Virtuosa Lydia Kavina in Chile

Lydia Kavina is one of the greatest thereminists of all time. The last protégé of Léon Theremin, she started studying the theremin at the age of nine. She played a fundamental role in the so-called “renaissance of the theremin,” performing all over the world, making recordings, participating in film soundtracks, writing original music for theremin, and teaching the instrument to new generations of thereminists. I had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with her.

Zenaide Hanenfeldt: The Scion of Imperial Russia That Became a Theremin Diva

Thereminist Zenaide Hanenfeldt and Leon Theremin.

Zenaide Hanenfeldt was one of Leon Theremin’s first associates in the United States. She played a leading role, from 1929 to 1934, in the American adventure of Leon Theremin, appearing in some of the most important theremin events of the period and experiencing a brief period of intense and ephemeral celebrity as a theremin diva. Later, she almost disappeared into oblivion, confined to stingy annotations in the history of the theremin. Let’s find out a little more about her.

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen: the Path to Fantasia for Theremin

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen in New York.

Although Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů does not enjoy the same fame as other composers of the same period, he certainly has a prominent place in twentieth-century music. He is also well known by theremin enthusiasts thanks to Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano, and string quartet, the composition commissioned to him in 1944 by Lucie Bigelow Rosen. Let’s try to understand a little more about him and follow the path that led him from a Moravian village to Manhattan, where the fortuitous meeting took place.

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 […]

Luigi Russolo Exhibition at Mart, Italy

Luigi Russolo at the Russolophone.

An exhibition announced as the “first large-scale anthological of [Luigi] Russolo” is something that a Futurism fanatic and Russolo worshipper like me can’t miss. Moreover, the info page at Mart‘s web site said: Reconstructions of his “Noisemakers” […] will be put on show for the express purpose of enabling the public to interact with them. I […]

Theremin Classic “The Swan” Magisterially Performed by Masami Takeuchi

Masami Takeuchi

We’ve heard it so many times played by Clara, Lydia, Peter and many others. And all of us theremin lovers have tried to play it, with mixed results, at least one time. It’s the theremin Classic The Swan by Saint-Saens. Well, it is worth to listen to it one more time in this video by […]

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 […]

"Thereminized" Casio SK-1 Videos

A Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard modified in order to be controlled in a way similat to the theremin.

Two “thereminized” Casio SK-1. Something Clara Rockmore would have not approved. The SK-1 is a cheap home keyboard made by Casio in 1985 featuring an 8-bit PCM, 9.38kHz sampler (about 1.4 seconds), 5 PCM presets, 11 drum patterns, an additive synth section, and 13 envelope shapes. I have one and love it, though I haven’t […]

Pamelia on MySpace

Thereminist Pamelia Kurstin.

Rollerskating-bird-punching-hair-cutting and cigarettes smoking while playing super thereminist Pamelia Kurstin has a profile on MySpace.com with samples, photographs and upcoming shows. She will tour in Russia, Austria, U.K, Greece and then back in the U.S. And, Pamelia, pay attention when you play in the U.K.! See what happened to Keith Richards for smoking on stage […]

Samuel Hoffman 1952 “You Asked for It” Video

Theremin player Samuel Hoffmann at 'You Asked For It' TV Show.

You Asked For It was a human-interest show that aired between 1950 and 1959. For the first few months, it was named The Art Baker Show, after the series creator and host, Art Baker. In April of 1951, the show’s title was changed to You Asked For It. [Wikipedia] In 1952 the show featured Samuel […]

Eri Participates in Two Moog Events

Live performances and talk show in Tokyo. 1) THE MOOG DAY TOKYOhttp://www.theremin.org/2005/moog/moogday.html Live Performer:ERI / ThereminHideki Matsutake / Modular Synthesizer It is competing of MoogIIIC and Etherwave Pro.moog IIIc“Complete version of modular synthesizer used with Yellow Magic Orchestra” On Saturday, April 2, 2005 Time: 13:00-18:00Entrance is free. 2) Moog Movie and ERI Concert/TalkShowhttp://www.theremin.org/2005/moog/moogday.html Eri does […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alexandra Stepanoff

Thereminist Alexandra Stepanoff.

A short biography of Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States Alexandra Stepanoff. Alexandra Stepanoff was one of Léon Théremin’s first theremin students 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. […]

His Other Voices. An Interview with Peter Pringle

Canadian teherminist Peter Pringle with his theremins.

An interview with canadian thereminist Peter Pringle. Peter Pringle is an eclectic musician, singer and songwriter from Canada. He became involved in music as a child singing with the children’s chorus of the Canadian Opera Company and studying classical piano. In the 1960’s he moved to the United States where he started a successful songwriting […]

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 […]

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 […]

TVOX Audio Library Release 1.0

Introducing the Audio Library The “Audio Library” has been conceived as a central (and permanent) repository for theremin (or theremin-related) audio files, with no disk space restrictions. The first version of that repository is now online on this site. You can upload audio or midi files (this service is completely free), or you can add […]

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 […]