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  Theremin World
After early exposure to the instrument with it's inventor during her childhood, she continued to develop into a world class musician on all levels and has expanded the repertory for the theremin both through commissions and as a composer in her own right.
Her teaching, instructional videos, concretizing, recordings and workshops have spread awareness of the instrument, and laid the foundation for many new thereminists and established it for subsequent generations.
Lydia's performance collaborations with other players and her incredible flexibility in playing styles has broadened the musical realms for serious theremin music as well as helped to support the careers of other thereminists.
www.thereminworld.com   (1354 words)

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Theremin was a young Russian physicist who was demonstrating a new musical instrument that he invented (...the aetherphon, aka thereminvox, later known as the theremin).
Theremin asked her to perform on the platform, "because none of the dancers who tried it could carry a tune." Ms.
Theremin's experiments laid much of the groundwork for subsequent developments which led to many of the electronic musical instruments which are in use today.
www.ibiblio.org /id/theremin/theremin.txt   (1604 words)

 Glinsky / Theremin
Glinsky's great accomplishment, besides his lucid descriptions of the technical aspects of the theremin, is his ability to paint a contextual scene both vividly and compellingly.
Following his sudden disappearance from New York in 1938, Theremin was exiled to a Siberian labor camp and subsequently vanished into the top-secret Soviet intelligence machine, presumed dead for nearly thirty years.
No less than a metaphor for the divergence of communism and capitalism, Theremin's life of espionage and invention is an amazing drama of hidden loyalties, mixed motivations, and an irrepressibly creative spirit.
www.press.uillinois.edu /f00/glinsky.html   (677 words)

Theremin discovered the phenomenon that was to become his magical new instrument quite by accident in 1918 at a technical institute in Russia, where he was a student.
Theremin’s activities in America are clouded in secrecy and ambiguity, and the details of his rather sudden departure back to Russia are equally murky.
Theremin himself at different times recounted conflicting versions of his return to Russia, perhaps as a result of advanced age and failing memory - but doubtlessly also due to the degree of discretion he was allowed; he may have been deliberately vague about the situation.
www.scifidimensions.com /Sep00/theremin.htm   (1834 words)

 Electronic Musical Instrument 1870 - 1990
The Theremin was marketed and distributed in the USA by RCA during the 1930's and continues, in a transistorised form, to be manufactured by Robert Moog's 'Big Briar'company.
Theremin was born in the Russian city of St Petersberg in 1896, he would become one of the most important pioneers in the development of electronic music through his instrument the Thereminvox (commonly referred to as the Theremin).
Theremin was put to work on top secret projects by the Soviet authorities, culminating in his invention of the first "bug," a sophisticated electronic eavesdropping device.
www.obsolete.com /120_years/machines/theremin/index.html   (989 words)

 Theremin Vox - An Interview with Leon Theremin
Olivia Mattis is a musicologist, a Varèse scholar whose enthusiastic research and study of electronic music is extensive; she was also the first to conduct an interview with Léon Theremin when he came out of Soviet seclusion in 1989.
Theremin: I was born in Leningrad, that was then called St. Petersburg, in 1896.
Theremin: In the Soviet Union at that time everyone was interested in new things, in particular all the new uses of electricity: for agriculture, for mechanical uses, for transport, for communication.
www.thereminvox.com /story/495   (968 words)

 Metroactive Arts | Theremin
Theremin intended his invention to be a classical instrument, not a novelty, and Martin's account of Theremin's life begins in his period of success.
Theremin was a very good-looking man in his youth, and his steely gaze fell on his pupil Clara Rockmore, who is still alive to tell of her days as the fresh-faced star musician in Theremin's tutelage.
When Theremin returns to visit her some 70 years later, Rockmore is very correct and polite as she shows her apartment to the strange old man in his dotage.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.02.95/theremin-9544.html   (1256 words)

 Inventor of the Week: Archive
In 1918, Theremin built the prototype of his "aetherphone." It was fairly simple in shape: a wooden box, mounted on four legs, with a straight antenna rising up from its top and a P-shaped loop antenna extending horizontally from its left side.
Theremin first demonstrated his intrument to a group of Russian physicists in 1920; in 1922, he performed for Lenin.
However, Theremin did find a virtuoso in his fellow Russian émigré Clara Rockmore: no one has ever been able to match the "aerial fingering" with which she could coax astonishingly precise and subtle sounds from the instrument.
web.mit.edu /invent/iow/theremin.html   (701 words)

 No. 1818: Leon Theremin
Born in 1896, Theremin's experimentation with electronic instruments led him to the Kremlin where, in 1922, he personally demonstrated his invention to Vladmir Lenin.
Theremin's journeys took him to many of the greatest performance halls in the world, including the Grand Opera House in Paris and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
According to Theremin, at the time of his dismissal, a conservatory administrator informed him that electricity was for electrocutions, not music.
www.uh.edu /engines/epi1818.htm   (449 words)

 Welcome to the MR Theremin Web site!
The basic principle of the theremin is to take two harmonic radio signals, mix them, ignore the sum of the two frequencies and use the difference between the two to generate a tone.
The best theremins ever produced were from Lev himself for such great players as Clara Rockmore ('The Art of the Theremin' was her album).
Theremins are compared to either the Clara Rockmore theremin or the RCA for their tone and quality.
mrr3000gt.mystarband.net /MRT/index.htm   (4222 words)

 Theremin Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Theremin is played by waving one's hands near two metal antennas: one for pitch and the other for volume.
My interest in the Theremin is stemmed from my love for the music of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin who from the very beginning used this unique instrument to evoke sounds of magic and mystery that would carry the listener to new heights of aural enjoyment.
Jimmy's version of the Theremin is slightly different in that the volume antenna has been removed so that only the pitch is controlled by the musician.
www.interfold.com /rabit/Theremin.htm   (629 words)

She began to study the theremin at the age of 9, under the instruction of Termen himself.
In 1994 she flew to England to play theremin on the soundtrack of the film 'Ed Wood', and earlier this year, after resettling in Hamburg, added the other-worldly tones of her 'ethervox' (as the theremin was once called) to a new theatrical production of Alice, based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
Word of her arrival spread quickly, and theremin enthusiast Tony Henk was able to arrange an impromptu concert.
www.davebarb.demon.co.uk /dsbgther.html   (735 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Theremin
The theremin is the first genuinely electronic instrument and, if you have ever seen anybody play a theremin, it is a very odd instrument because you are not actually touching anything physical.
The theremin basically has two rods---I am not very good at the science of it or else I would have coughed it up--- and you sit there and it produces two fields that you play by moving your hand.
Theremin thought of his creation as a concert hall instrument, and Clara Rockmore, the greatest thereminist of all time, used it for performances of Rachmaninoff and Ravel.
fusionanomaly.net /theremin.html   (884 words)

The theremin was the world’s first electronic musical instrument, invented in 1919 by the Russian scientist Leon Theremin.
The theremin is the only musical instrument that is played without actually touching any part of the instrument itself.
The theremin became widely used in science fiction movies in the 1950s and 1960s, where its haunting sounds created the perfect backdrop for flying saucers and robots.
www.projectpimento.com /html/projectpimento_thetheremin.htm   (192 words)

 BBC - Radio 4 - Good Vibrations
This uniquely 'hands-off' instrument is named after its inventor Leon Theremin (1896- 1993) and 2004 marks the 80th anniversary of the first public performance of a piece composed for this pioneering electronic instrument, which has since been adopted by artists as diverse as Blur, Todd Rundgren and Goldfrapp.
A student of physics and astronomy at St Petersburg University, he went on to be a member of the Red Army, a label which he did not shake off for the rest of his life.
Joining comedian and theremin enthusiast Bill Bailey are sonic inventor Robert Moog, Theremin's biographer Albert Glinsky, poet John Hegley, film critic Mark Kermode, and musicians including Alison Goldfrapp and Paul Tanner, theremin sessioneer on the legendary Beach Boys single.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/factual/goodvibrations.shtml   (332 words)

 Theremin Vox
The First Spanish Theremin Festival will be held on Saturday June 2, 2007 in Barcelona and Friday, June 8, 2007 in Salamanca.
In this writing, dating from the middle Thirties, Lucie Bigelow Rosen, thereminist and patroness of Léon Theremin himself, describes the technical and musical characteristics of the theremin.
As well as being one of the earliest composers and the genius of Futurist music, Luigi Russolo (1885-1947) was also an instrument builder, a signatory of the ‘Manifesto of Futurist Painters’, an engraver, a mystic and a scholar of Oriental philosophy.
www.thereminvox.com   (420 words)

 THEREMIN 3-CD Box Set | BastaMusic.com
These luminous recordings, and the shadowy music that lurks in the corners of so many cinematic masterpieces, are the living legacy of a unique Jekyll and Hyde, a man who was a doctor of medicine to many, but who will always remain the quintessential Doctor of the Ether Waves in the popular.imagination...
The theremin is unique among instruments, because the performer is not playing on anything physical, like a keyboard or a fingerboard, but merely on air itself -- the electromagnetic fields around two antennas protruding from the box.
In short, the theremin allows the natural body capacitance of the hands to control electrical fields in the air that in turn regulate oscillators which send singing tones to an amplifier, and on to a loudspeaker.
bastamusic.com /theremin.html   (1480 words)

 Art's Theremin Page
The theremin, named for inventor Leon Theremin, is a musical instrument that uses electronic circuits to produce audible tones, having the unusual aspect of being controlled by the player's hand motions near the instrument's two "antennas," without the hands touching the instrument.
One hand is used to control the theremin's pitch, and the other hand is used to control the volume.
Theremins and Musical Saws are, strangely, similar in some respects.
home.att.net /~theremin1   (830 words)

 Theremin.info - Electronic Sounds from the Ether
In 1933, while Varèse was still in Paris, he wrote to the Guggenheim Foundation and Bell Laboratories in an attempt to recieve a grant to develop an electronic music studio.
His next composition, Ecuatorial, completed in 1934, contained parts for theremins, and Varèse, anticipating the successful receipt of one of his grants, eagerly returned to the United States to finally realize his electronic music.
Varèse had also promoted the theremin in his Western travels, and demonstrated one at a lecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on November12, 1936...
www.theremin.info /info-62-Edgard_Varese.html   (424 words)

 ~| Theremins |~
The theremin could be viewed as the great ancestor of electronic music: Virtually every electronic instrument traces its roots to the theremin’s inventor, Russian physicist Leon Theremin (1896-1993), who produced his first instrument in 1918.
Furthermore, the theremin was the first electronic instrument with virtuoso performers playing solo and concert repertoire written specifically for it by major composers.
Gave a theremin recital and workshop in Las Vegas, at the Orleans Hotel, for the 79th annual convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians.
www.137.com /theremin   (1711 words)

 Electronica From the 1920's, Ready for Sampling - New York Times
Theremin, Downes wrote, "moved his hands and fingers in mystic passes in the air, and a tone like a purified and magnified saxophone soared through the atmosphere and through the very loudest fortissimo."
Theremin had one of the 20th century's most astonishing careers, wonderfully documented in Albert Glinsky's book "Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage." A kind of phosphorescent Zelig, he demonstrated his instrument for everyone from Lenin (who adored it) to George Bernard Shaw (who said he had heard better noises on a comb covered with tissue paper).
Theremin worked as a Soviet spy in New York while hobnobbing with the upper classes, was imprisoned in the Siberian gulag and later designed ingenious bugs for the KGB.
www.nytimes.com /2005/08/11/arts/music/11ther.html?ex=1281412800&en=150f280b9d201a3c&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (939 words)

 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY is a documentary on both the Theremin, the instrument, and Prof.
Theremin was kidnapped by the KGB and brought back to Russia.
It is a good film for someone who has never even heard of the Theremin before, but I felt it fell short of it's promise of really delving deep into the story and casting light on corners that will more than likely remain shrouded with gloom.
us.imdb.com /title/tt0108323   (702 words)

 Musical Saw and Theremin Page-Theremin
With carefully controlled hand gestures moving through two electromagnetic fields (one for volume, one for pitch), the thereminist is able to pluck music out of thin air--out of the "ether" so to speak-- hence one of the early names for this instrument, the aetherphone.
The original theremins were comprised of special coils and vacuum tubes; today's modern theremins use solid-state circuitry and are thus lightweight and much more portable.
Various pop/rock music groups have used the theremin from time to time, but contrary to a popular misconception, a theremin was NOT used by the Beach Boys in their hit song Good Vibrations.
www.theremin-saw.com /theremin.htm   (909 words)

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