This video is a brief demo of Nervous Squirrel’s bizarre Owl Theremin.
The theremin features control voltage outputs that can be used to play the modular synth in the background.
Details on the Owl Theremin are available at the Nervous Squirrel site.
This video captures a performance of Symphony No.9, Boogie, by Matryomin Ensemble “Da”.
The Matryomin is a Matryoshka doll theremin, created by Japanese thereminist Masami Takeuchi. It consists of a miniature pitch-only theremin, encased in a Russian matryoshka doll. Continue reading
The custom 303 Energy is a sequencer synthesizer, based on two Doepfer A-111-5 Dark Energy synthesizers and an Acidlab Autobot.
If that isn’t enough – it has two built-in theremins to control the dual synths’ filters.
Here’s a demo of the 303 Energy in action: Continue reading
This is the music video for thereminist Dorit Chrysler‘s Avalanche
Chrysler’s work on the theremin is always memorable, but Avalanche highlights that she’s equally talented as a vocalist and songwriter. Continue reading
Thorwald Jørgensen, the Dutch thereminist (above), will be one of the performers at The NY Theremin Society’s “International Edition” concert this Friday evening, June 28, in New York City. Continue reading
The Owl Theremin is a custom taxidermy + custom electronic instrument project created by Nervous Squirrel.
- The theremin is a PAiA Theremax.
- The owl is a Southern Boobok.
- The owl rests on a sliding carriage, which can slide along four vertical bars fixed inside the log. When the motor is turned on, a winch mechanism winds a length of sash cord, which loops over the top of a second pulley, which in turn lifts up the sliding carriage. When the carriage reaches the top, a limit switch is automatically pressed, switching off the motor. For the owl to descend, the owl activation switch is flipped once more, reversing the polarity of the motor, allowing the carriage to be lowered down onto another limit switch.
- The antennae disconnect for ease of transportation, and the lower half of the stand can be unbolted.
- There’s an ‘activate owl’ switch.