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(io9)   167 theremin players performing Beethoven's 9th symphony   ( divider line
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2013-07-30 07:37:20 AM  
I have to say that was surprisingly nice. I expected a complete mess when the Theremins kicked in, but it worked. Didn't watch the whole thing, of course.
2013-07-30 07:43:52 AM  
It gave me no joy.
2013-07-30 08:05:00 AM  
It was interesting in a "huh, whaddya know" kind of way until the boogie woogie kicked in and then it was just a bad time.
2013-07-30 08:42:56 AM  
I was once told that multiple theremins could not play in the same room together due to interference...  Now I see that I could fulfill my destiny and create a theremin ensemble.
2013-07-30 08:55:30 AM  
2013-07-30 09:16:58 AM  

Wolf892: Theremins are quasi cool. The fact that you can make music by waving your hands through the air, awesome. The sound a mixture of someone humming and an old kazoo, less awesome.

If we could get them to make different sounds they would really pique my interest again.

I put mine (yes, I own an Etherwave theremin) through an effects processor that does cool things to the sound (i.e., echoes, etc., and basically making it not so sine-wavy). But, ultimately, it's incredibly difficult to "play" notes without incredible concentration.  Note in the video how the players were nearly motionless. That's a lot harder to do than it looks.
2013-07-30 09:34:35 AM  
would've been cool to see them play a concert with Oskar Sala
2013-07-30 11:20:01 AM  
that was disappointing.
2013-07-30 11:50:18 AM  
Sounds like someone had the record at at the wrong rpm.

That being said, I've always liked knee high leather boots on asians. Iz alllllright.
2013-07-30 12:01:08 PM  
My favorite Japanese version is the performance with 10,000 chorus members.
2013-07-30 01:04:41 PM  

You're young and swingin'

No time to think about tomorrow.

But there ain't no way to deny it.

Someday you're gonna buy it.

Theremin. Theremin. He's the man with the plot. The man with the plan. Theremin. Theremin. He's the mortician man who loves you.....a lot!

/ what comes into my head every time I hear the word "theremin"
2013-07-30 01:07:42 PM  
Why the hell are those humming people holding nesting dolls? ;)
2013-07-30 01:19:29 PM  

Bob Down: It gave me no joy.

Ode ear.
2013-07-30 01:38:09 PM  

Pentaxian: My favorite Japanese version is the performance with 10,000 chorus members.

Whoa, was not expecting a Skinny Japanese dude to have pipes like that. Kinda blew my mind, like the first time I heard a black dude with an Irish accent.
2013-07-30 02:26:48 PM  
Louis and Bebe would have been proud.
2013-07-30 03:08:47 PM  
Clara Rockmore had amazing control and could get the theremin to sound just like a violin, but playing a theremin like you would play a violin is kinda missing the point. You're not stuck with physical wires or knobs or tubes to make the sound, and you have an unlimited palette of frequencies to work with. It shouldn't sound like anything else.
2013-07-30 08:59:23 PM  
It's not fair that I should get sick when I hear beautiful music.
2013-07-30 10:06:07 PM  

Pentaxian: My favorite Japanese version is the performance with 10,000 chorus members.

Always brings a smile to my face to watch that one but then reality creeps and I realize there is probably only ONE spot in that whole place where it doesn't sound like ass. And since delayed echo of one's voice disrupts speaking, I wonder how they even managed to pull that off.
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