Yes, the Theremin can sound bluesy. In case you haven’t seen this, here’s a wonderfully-done rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, on Moog Etherwave Pro (recently discontinued, sadly, though maybe it’ll come back in some form), iZotope Trash for effects, Akai MPC1000, Moog Minimoog Voyager, and … actually, not sure about the keyboard. Got distracted by the general awesomeness. Theremin musicianship is on the rise!

Cee-lo will like it, I think. Watch to the end for an unusual Google + Wikipedia salute to the genius of Leon Theremin. (Yep, Google is your friend.)

Thanks to (corrected link) Jason at boozhoundlabs.com, and SNAG.

These guys are also doing a whole Theremin video series — we’ll be watching. (Check out their full description at the YouTube page.)

  • bliss

    That's great! Another great find, Peter! :)

  • Broken'ed

    That is one of the most enjoyable things I've seen for a while. beautifull and hilarious at the same time. thanks

  • Long time reader

    Obviously that's an MPC1000 not a MPC2500

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @bliss: Jason gets the credit for sending it in. ;)

    @Long time reader: Erm, yes, quite obviously … I think I wasn't exactly thinking when I wrote this.

  • http://www.handstyles.org corporation

    this is great. just great.

    i still love the song, and this is a smashing version.

  • http://www.jorgejorquera.cl Jorge Jorquera

    Awesome!!! :-O

  • http://www.keithhandy.com Keith Handy

    Great performance, not just on the theremin (impressive enough) but on the backing instruments as well. :)

  • http://www.keithhandy.com Keith Handy

    P.S. nice trick inserting a few frames of that still right in the middle so that it shows up as the thumbnail. It would be nice if YouTube let you do this without "tricking" it, although I suppose that would be one more thing for people to abuse…

  • http://www.maketunes.com/ Matt

    Haha theremins are excellent! Bill Bailey has often used them to great effect in his stand up shows as well, in which he incorporates a bunch of musical instruments… well worth checking out too

  • Formant

    "Watch to the end for an unusual Google + Wikipedia salute to the genius of Leon Theremin. (Yep, Google is your friend.)"

    I think that that is actually a nod to the "Web 2.0 … the machine is Us/ing Us" video. You can find it here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g

  • Aretzki

    Check out this guy's version of Bobby Mcferrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy". Great too.

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  • Mdiddy

    I dug that a lot :) I was curious though, there is a point where two mics are really close together and the guys is moving his hands around them. Ummmmm, what's he doing there?

  • MHotel

    Mdiddy:

    i think what you're talking about is a foley-style capture of hands moving sand to emulate a beat up vinyl record sound.

  • MHotel

    yup, right around 0:40. not vinyl, though: ocean. my bad.

  • Mdiddy

    Ohhh, that's nifty :) Thanks MHotel…

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  • http://www.midisticks.com Andrew Cordani

    OOps – doesn't look right

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