Theremin Cover of Gnarls Barkley Crazy, avec Moog et MPC

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 …

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NYC: Rocking Robots, They Might Be Giants

They might be … robots. Yipes, they might be Cylons. Cylons look like us now! Run! Robosonic Eclectic: Morton Subotnik, They Might Be Giants, and robotic musical instruments on the same bill? That … doesn’t happen very often. But it does happen this weekend, starting tonight. With a lineup that includes They Might Be Giants, JG Thirlwell, Mort Subotnick, George Lewis, R. Luke DuBois and J. Brendan Adamson, Lemurplex is kicking off what looks like a really packed couple of weeks of music and research into new instruments here in New York this weekend. Check out the TMBG video and …

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CDMland Banner, Calling SF/Makers for Chips + Music + Fish Party, Music @ Robotspeak

MAKE:Magazine and Create Digital Music will co-host the Chips + Fish + Music Maker Faire Party next Saturday in San Francisco. But before we get to that, I have to share the latest design from CDM’s visual artist Nat Jeanneret (the reason CDM looks the way it does, and the blogger behind onetonnemusic): If you are in the Bay Area, or coming into town for the awesomeness that is the Maker Faire, we would love to invite you to the party. What: Chips + Fish + Music Party, the Maker Faire “after party” Brought to you by: MAKE:Magazine and CDM …

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Bjork + ReacTable and Lemur = Tangible Interactive Musical Fun

Being an international music superstar means you can tour with whatever fun toys you like. In the case of Bjork’s new Volta tour, that means the JazzMutant Lemur multi-touch interface and, even more fun, the fantastic reacTable, a research project involving projection and multiple objects for a tangible interactive table experience! CDM reader Mike Cohen smuggled this video out of a recent Bjork performance: It really does work nicely in action, in terms of expressing to the audience what the performer is doing, and making nice eye candy, to boot. More details on Bjork’s futuristic touring rig: multitouched bjork [Byron …

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NASA Yuri’s Night Rave: Space is the Place

Adding to our running tally of totally geeky events, electronic musician Chachi Jones writes with a report from the Yuri’s Night party at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Sure, Yuri’s Night events, in honor of the great space explorer cosmonaut, take place all over the world. But when it hits Ames, you get a full-blown rave — and fantastic electronic music, to boot. Among others, Plaid and Telefon Tel Aviv made appearances. Chachi jumped into his flight suit with his circuit-bent Touch & Tell and Korg Kaoss Pad, which makes a nice mobile music setup. Also spotted: a toy keytar running …

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Circuit-Bent Events: Bent Fest NYC Now; Bent Notes from LA and MN

Bent gear aplenty in Minnesota, in this Flickr photo from circuitmaster (GetLoFi). The Bent Festival, a celebration of music electronic, circuit-bent, and otherwise technologically manipulated, reaches its final US city starting tonight (Thursday) through Saturday, with three days and nights of music and workshops. Check out the lineup on the Bent NYC site; I’ll be there Friday at least and possibly Saturday, as well. Reports are already coming in from Bent in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Our friend over at GetLoFi, the bending-dedicated blog, was able to go to the Minnesotan shindig and has photos and videos, plus a link …

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Funky Music Art: 28 Gig Posters in 28 Days Complete

Nat “funnelbc”, creator of the CDM logo and graphic appearance, took on a project the rest of us at Team CDM thought was completely insane:

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28 Free Gig Posters in 28 Days: CDM’s Designer Nat Plans for a Busy February

Have a gig coming up? Need a rocking poster to publicise said gig to the wider community? You should check out Nat’s 28 Posters in 28 Days Poster Challenge! You know you’re going to get a great result, because Nat designed this here website, and CDMo, and the forums. You should get in quick, however, because he doesn’t seem to be starting out in the most positive frame of mind: They said I couldn’t do it! My girlfriend said I couldn’t do it. I don’t think I can do it… Let me preface this by saying that I have a …

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NAMM Moog Watch: What is the Sound of One Hand Waving?

In this case it was “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” as the folks at Moog backed up their promise of ANOTHER DIMENSION with an intimate solo theremin performance. A sizable crowd enjoyed this breath of fresh air in a convention jam packed with high energy live gigs. Ed.: Moog Music has an incredible group of friends when it comes to Theremin players. In this case, the artist is Japanese Theremin superstar ERI, who has the enviable domain theremin.org. She’s truly one of us, as she likes pulling up her webpage on her DS. I’m still excited about the new …

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