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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:26 am    Post subject: Thereminvox Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

What is Thereminvox.com?


Thereminvox.com covers news and issues about the theremin and other theremin-related musical instruments. More in general, the goal of Thereminvox.com is to investigate the role of technology as a tool for expressive manifestations and the relations between art, technology and the human body.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Moog: If a composer were to write a piece for the theremin today, would you have any advice to give him?


Rockmore: Yes. The theremin is a melodic instrument. Modern composers are shying away from melody, frankly because I don't think they know how to write really beautiful melody. Mozart could write thousands of pieces and still find a new melody. Now they make sound effects and noises when they write.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Lydia Kavina official website.

Lydia is one of the few professional thereminists in the world and a master teacher on this instrument. She also is a composer and has premiered her own works and those of others throughout Russia, the USA, Europe and Asia.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
Rockmore: Yes. The theremin is a melodic instrument. Modern composers are shying away from melody, frankly because I don't think they know how to write really beautiful melody. Mozart could write thousands of pieces and still find a new melody. Now they make sound effects and noises when they write.

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I certainly think she has a point. I'll bet that there will be a revival of melodic and harmonic writing as a reaction to the sound effects and noise of todays music. That said, I think she doesn't get that when one is sculpting sound effects over time, the result is melody. How several are layered creates harmony. Thinking of melody as a sequence of monophonic notes is a rather simplified view of things.

Clara was a fantastic musician, though. To play as well as she could on a Theremin is nothing short of amazing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:36 am    Post subject: Swimming in the Air Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Lydia Kavina's fundamentals of theremin technique.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Some great videos I have that I recommend.

http://www.bigbriar.com/detail.php?main_product_id=52
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and

http://www.bigbriar.com/detail.php?main_product_id=55
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Also, this is a must have book for any electro-musician

http://www.bigbriar.com/detail.php?main_product_id=54
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I have a Big Briar Theremin. One word of warning. No matter how many books and videos you have, playing this insturment is very very difficult. I've tried and tried and have yet to get the hang of it. I'm just amazed at what others, like Rockmore and Kavina, can do.

One thing I've found. When I show my Theremin to good violin players, they can pretty quickly get the knack of the instrument. Maybe they are already used to associationg position with frequency.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OH, if you haven't heard a great player perform on the Theremin, check this out...

http://www.postman.ru/~tvox/index2.html

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey I get to contribute something to a gear thread. Never thought that would happen.

Get yer own Theremin! On your desktop. Play it with your mouse. Optional space orchestra & kibitzing band members included.

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Quick download from... the BBC!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/playground/theremin1.shtml

Way cool & big fun. Very Happy

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