Today is the birthday of inventor Leon Theremin, born August 15, 1896 in Saint Petersburg. He’s best known for his invention of the theremin, played here by virtuoso Peter Pringle.
Pringle performs Ombra di Nube, written in 1935 by Italian composer and Roman Catholic priest, Licinio Refice. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Master multi-instrumentalist Peter Pringle performs Dagda’s Magic Harp.
Pringle accompanies himself with an instrument he designed, the Tibecen. Here’s what he has to say about the Tibecen:
“The instrument I am using to accompany myself in this song is a two part affair of my own devising which I call the “tibicen” (the Latin word for “piper”). It is entirely electronic, and consists of a small keyboard which sits in my lap, and a pedalboard (similar to a church organ) on the floor in floor in front of me. Nothing was added to this performance and there are no overdubs or additions of any kind. This is exactly the way it was performed.
The pedalboard provides the drone, while the keyboard plays melody. The instrument has a huge range, can play in any key, and I have tried to show some of what it can do in this video.”
Tuvan throat singing involves controlling the shape of the mouth and throat in order to emphasize specific overtones. This creates the effect that the performer is singing two notes at once.
Detail on the performance below. Continue reading