Alternative Theremin: On Your Wrist, in a Mug of Tea

Neither of these items is “news,” but since I missed them, you may have, too — and because they’re so absurd and wonderful, I can’t let that happen. Some things are timeless. Via Chris Cheung’s Hong Kong’s-based Special Interest Group comes the Theremin Watch, “Modified (circuit bend) from 大人之科學 kit set.” I love the idea of a wrist-mounted Theremin. On one hand (ahem), it does mean that you can calibrate relative to your body, because it’s always strapped to your wrist. On the other, I expect that’s still something of a challenge. But it’s not so often you get wearable …

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ThingamaKIT: Thingamagoop Sound/Noisemaker Goes DIY

We’re celebrating 48 hours of DIY stuff here as we get ready for Handmade Music tomorrow night in Brooklyn! Thingamagoops are the friendly, optical emitter antennaed electronic creatures. Whether your cat / significant other / fan base would describe them as a sweet-sounding instrument, they do make a lot of noise and look cute in the process. Optical sensors onboard mean you can reposition the lights for some fun. They were fun to begin with. But in kit form, you’ve got even more good times as you assemble them / find an odd case to put them in. The kits …

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A Musical Comedy Break: Bill Bailey Bonanza on Youtube

Peter’s fantastic, historic and educational vintage tape looping and Dr Who posts made me think of the BBC and theremins (yes, I’m fully aware that there were no theremins used for the Dr Who theme, but the myth is too strong), and the person who best combines the BBC and theremins: Bill Bailey. If you’re not familiar with Bill Bailey, have I got a treat for you! I’ve never encountered anyone who combines music and comedy to such great effect (If you know of someone else with these skills, please tell us in the comments). Fortunately there is a huge …

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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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Adorable Animals with Synthesizers

I love controversy. But after a week in which US politicians were talking about World War III (or was that IV) and somehow CDM’s great comment threads wound up on the topics of whether hardware or software was better (discussion = not allowed on this site), and whether starving children would be able to eat affordably-priced laptops, I decided it was time for an experiment. Could I write an entry with total appeal and zero controversy? I present, as mind candy for the weekend: adorable animals with synthesizers.

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Leave No Child Behind in Theremin Education

Poor Tia Thomas! Here’s a whiz kid who can spell ortstein, velocious, marmoreal, and totipalmate, and she has the misfortune to be eliminated from the National Spelling Bee on the word Theremin: Theremin ends spelling bee contestant’s hopes [Theremin World] (She guessed “Theramin”, which Theremin World’s Jason notes is a misspelling widely spread on eBay.) Heck, I don’t even know what those words mean, though I’ll be the World Wide Web knows, as it’s smarter than I am . . . Let’s see, totipalmate has to do with webbed feet, marmoreal means marble-like, as in, “that’s a very marmoreal Theremin …

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TranzPort Wireless Music Remotes, in the Wild, with Turntables and Theremins

Any other industry, and a manufacturer Website with nothing but user stories about a product would be just another marketing ploy. But this is the music and audio tech industry, and, frankly, we love our tech toys and use them in interesting ways. It’s little surprise, then, that the Wires Suck! Website, dedicated to Frontier’s slick, little wireless remote for controlling audio apps, actually makes great reading. Users are taking advantage of the TranzPort’s wireless control capabilities for such unexpected tasks as DJing and recording Theremins (which otherwise wreak havoc since any movement — like going over to hit the …

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Build Your Own RCA Theremin Replica

Theremin World’s community of Theremin junkies never ceases to amaze. Mark McKeown has now built his own semi-replica of the classic RCA Theremin, down to the wooden cabinet and 1928-style power supply. You can bet it’ll behave and sound different than the cheap kits available online. Mark’s secret weapon was the treasure trove of specs and schematics at Art’s Theremin Page, worth a browse even if you don’t try to built your own. Complete details and photos [Theremin World] Related: Build Your Own Minimoog [though that project was decidedly less complete!]

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Theremins Live: Singapore Diva in Texas; Hypnotique Interviews Moog; Mexico

Theremin fans, there’s no reason to sit at home with dusty records with plenty of new Theremin performance to hear: Singapore’s Sheuh-li in Texas Our friend Sheuh-li, Singapore’s grand diva of the Theremin, writes us to say her Xenovibes show has its last Texas performance Saturday October 1. (Flyer after the break or see her site.) I’ve never been to Richardson, Texas, but if you hail from there, cancel your Saturday night plans and go see what looks like a great show, featuring an e-drummer and more special guests. And let us know how it goes. (See my previous story …

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ElectroKraft Lunar Module: Spacey Handmade “Optical Theremin” Photocell Controller

Bored with keyboards and drum pads? How about light-sensitive photocells with customizable control options, all in a spacey case that looks like it escaped from Sun Ra’s Arkestra? Tony Amendolore of ElectroKraft has a new MIDI controller creation he calls the Lunar Module: Multiple photocell “portholes” light up blue for feedback; use as a Theremin-like control Push-button controllers can be used in combination for controlling effects Send MIDI messages like program/bank change, notes, transposition, or all notes off “panic” Customization options, before or after purchase, for controller options like pitch bend, sustain, modulation wheel, etc. US$249, free continental US shipping, …

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