Sunday Synth Jam: Multi-instrumentalist Peter Pringle‘s theremin performances are always impressive. But Pringle takes things to new heights with this performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, from the opera Turandot.
The theremin in this video is the instrument that once belonged to Julius Goldberg, the partner and personal assistant of Russian inventor Leon Theremin. This is a 1929 RCA theremin that was customized by Goldberg in the early 1930’s and provided with “lightning bolt” volume and pitch antennas.
For this performance, Pringle is processing the theremin with an Electro-Harmonix Talking Machine, set to create an open ‘ah’ sound. The Talking Machine is a vocal formant filter. The result bears an uncanny resemblance to that sound of a tenor.
via reader Gordon Charlton, who says, “RCA Theremin played by Peter Pringle through an Electro Harmonix Talking Machine = Pavarotti forgot the words.”
Check it out and let us know what you think of Pringle’s performance!