Sunday Synth Jam: This video, from 1997, captures a then 9-year old Carolina Eyck playing Romanze, by Natalja Baklanova. Eyck is accompanied by Jan Bilk & Tomaš Nawka – keyboards & electronics. Eyck has gone on to become one of the world’s … Continue reading
Published on Jun 19, 2016 Carolina Eyck
“1997 at a concert with SERVI
Jan Bilk & Tomaš Nawka – keyboards & electronics,
Uta Eyck – lighting design
music: Romanze by Natalja Baklanova”
Published on May 27, 2016 Clara Venice
“THANKS FOR WATCHING FAM!! ♡
Summer’s (finally) here in Toronto, and to celebrate I’ve interpreted one of favourite Lana Del Rey songs which I heard calling for the waves of the theremin.
I performed, produced, recorded and edited this video in my Studio Kawaii using voice, Moog Theremini, Suzuki Omnichord, Native Instruments Maschine, and Ableton Live
Published on May 24, 2015 Grand Illusions
For those not familiar with Grand Illusions, he covers odd toys and collectibles. I thought I’d share these two here.
“The theremin is the only musical instrument that you play without touching! Invented in 1920 by the Russian inventor Leon Theremin, this is one of the earliest electronic instruments.
A full theremin has two antennae, one allows
Electronic Music Pioneer Herb Deutsch Explains How Building A Theremin Led To The First Moog Synthesizer
The producers of Electronic Voyager, an upcoming documentary about Bob Moog, shared this video interview with synth pioneer Herb Deutsch. In the video, Deutsch tells the story of how building a theremin kit led to him meeting Moog and to … Continue reading
Published on Apr 21, 2016 SciShow
Cool to see the theremin on SciShow!
“Electronic music is older than you may think. Enter the theremin – a device that turns your body into part of a capacitor, and allows you to play music without even touching an instrument!
Special thanks to Jay Bruns of nojayart.com for lending us his theremin, and Mike Emmons for setting up our meeting.
Hosted by: Hank
This video, via Great Big Story, is a short profile of Pamelia Stickney, thereminist. Stickney (formerly Pamelia Kurstin) has been active as a thereminist for over 15 years, and has performed with David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and others.
You have to love German. In English, I can string together whole paragraphs that try and fail to capture the potential of electronic sound. In German, we get to call an event Technosphärenklänge – a word whose utterance is a timbral adventure in itself. And in an event with that name promising to be a landmark for the electronic music sphere, CTM Festival is bringing together pioneering machines and pioneering humans. It’s a convergence of the worlds of mathematics and music that has never happened in this combination on one stage before – and we’ll take you there.
For one, there’s John Chowning. Chowning’s name will always appear first in sentences involving “the inventor of FM (frequency modulation) synthesis.” But while the impact of that can’t be overstated, he’s also a pioneer in finding mathematical beauty in composition and in equally significant contributions to sound spatialization. Moreover, like his late colleague Max Mathews, John’s teaching reaches beyond even his own discoveries – so much about electronic music achievement can be connected to his students and his students’ students.
So it’s fitting that Holly Herndon will do an interview with John, as she has studied with him.
FM synthesis you know, but in celebration of John’s work, let’s share still more. There’s his gorgeous milestone 1977 composition Stria, which holds up today as computer music, and is built in mystical mathematic beauty around the Golden Mean.
Here, via AES, he talks about his role in the origins of FM.
Here’s John in action in some wonderful historical moments:
Pairing John with Holly is already a meeting of minds that should be fun to witness, but we also get a world-premiere musical collaboration that unites Chowning’s musical imagination with Mark Fell.
If Chowning represents the mathematics of music in digital form, a creation of none other than Leon Theremin makes it physical-mechanical. The Rhythmicon could be seen as the prototypical drum machine. The 1932 invention, in a 60s-built rendition made by Theremin himself, will debut in Berlin via Moscow-based researcher Andrey Smirnov.
Watch it in action:
We hope to share content from the whole program. I’ll also be talking personally to German composer Marcus Schmickler. His numbers tickle the brain directly. Building on the work of Jean-Claude Risset, his Fortuna Ribbons project plays with sonic perception. If the Shepard Tone is the sonic barber pole of sound, sine waves superimposed in a fashion that seems to make them constantly ascend or descend, the Shepard–Risset glissando is an M.C. Escher staircase – continuous sonic aural illusion.
The best way to appreciate Schmickler’s work may be simply to watch how people respond when they hear it (keep watching, as the reactions start to get more interesting):
You can also try putting on this record at your next party:
Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like me to ask him, especially if you’re a Schmickler fan.
Stay tuned to CDM for more with the artists and the results of the talks.
But if you are in Berlin this month, you can come visit us in person. Marcus Schmickler joins Carsten Goertz, Mark Fell and John Chowning perform, Andrey Smirnov performs, and gamut inc (whom we joined at CTM Festival in February) are back. Then Holly and I take on the talks the following day.
And the series:
The Technosphärenklänge (Sounds of the Technosphere) concert series aims to explore current practices in sound and music as an element and expression of the technosphere – the quasi autonomous entity that is the sum of operational and technical processes and infrastructures around the globe, and whose conflicted interaction with natural planetary processes characterises the Earth’s current geological time, dubbed the Anthropocene. Developed in close collaboration between HKW and CTM Festival, the series is scheduled to take place at irregular intervals until 2018.
The Thérésyn is a new theremin + synthesizer hybrid, that’s designed to combine the best features of the theremin with powerful synthesis options. The Theresyn is created by a group of talented instrument designers: Nori Ubukata (left) – thereminist and Theresyn concept designer … Continue reading