Thursday, October 07, 2010

Theremin Thursday for October 8, 2010

A weekly collection of links featuring the only instrument that makes electricity sing!

Video Exhibit A: The Day The Earth Stood Still -- Selections from Bernard Herrmann's score for the 1951 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Bob Nagy presents this live Theremin concert in front of a mainly polite audience at a fund-raising event in Arkansas. I cannot say that Arkansas is one of my top ten states for Theremin performances, but it looks like Mr. Nagy gave a great performance.

Exhibit B: Poe "Heartbeat" -- These guys stumbled across Poe's tell-tale heart when
they ran a Moog Etherwave Theremin through the OTO Biscuit sound effect processor. Please note that you need to have a good woofer system, or at least some decent headphones, to hear the low frequencies featured in this clip. This would make an excellent Halloween sound effect.

Video Exhibit C: The Cemetery -- A moody composition for Piano and String-Synthesizer (and, of course, Theremin). Photos from a visit to Highgate Cemetery in London lend to the otherworldly feel.

Theremimage: Our Theremin photo this week is a poster for Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, Steven M. Martin's 1993 documentary about Leon Theremin. I love the classic 50s vibe in this image (deftly amplified with an appearance by Gort!).

Endnote: If you're interested in catching a live Theremin performance, and you're going to be in the Bucks County, PA, area for the Halloween weekend, you should consider coming to Sellersville Theater 1894 for The Divine Hand's 3rd annual Halloween concert.

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