Moog Theremini – The Theremin For Mere Mortals?

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2014 NAMM Show: The theremin has long had a reputation for being one of the most difficult instruments to play in tune. Moog Music today introduced a new theremin that attempts to address this issue, without sacrificing the theremin’s expressive power.

The Moog Theremini is a new theremin that offers traditional control, retro-futuristic design and improved playability.

A built in tuner supplies real-time visual feedback of each note as it is played, as well as its proximity to perfection. This is useful for correcting a user’s playing position, or to educate younger players about pitch and scales.

In addition, the Theremini lets you dial in assistive pitch correction. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. As this control is decreased, more expressive control of pitch becomes possible. When set to minimum, the Theremini will perform as a traditional theremin, with analog heterodyning oscillator and absolutely no pitch assistance. Continue reading

Moog Trademarks ‘Theremini’ (NAMM Leak)

moog-logoMoog Music has filed for a new trademark registration for Theremini, for theremin musical instruments:

On Friday, January 03, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for THEREMINI by Moog Music, Inc., Asheville, NC 28801

The USPTO has given the THEREMINI trademark serial number of 86157167. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NEW APPLICATION – RECORD INITIALIZED NOT ASSIGNED TO EXAMINER.

The correspondent listed for THEREMINI is CHRISTOPHER M. THOMAS of PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN LLP, 150 FAYETTEVILLE STREET, SUITE 1400, RALEIGH, NC 27601 . The THEREMINI trademark is filed in the category of Musical Instrument Products . The description provided to the USPTO for THEREMINI is Music instruments in general; theremins.

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Custom Theremins Featured In NYC Exhibit – ‘Odd Harmonics’

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Odd Harmonics is an exhibit of custom theremins, being held Oct 16-Nov 16 at the Judith Charles Gallery in NYC.

Odd Harmonics is a collaborative exhibition, with Butterscotch Records and Moog Music, featuring work by Francois Chambard, Cassandra C. Jones and Tomory Dodge.The show will also feature performances by the likes of Butterscotch’s own Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), German classical Theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck, performance artist Christen Clifford and more. Continue reading

Because ‘Whorehouse Piano’ Is Sadly Lacking In The Theremin Repetoire

More Theremin goodness from Rob Schwimmer. Here, he’s playing a song by Beck [Hansen, yes, the two-turntables-and-a-microphone Beck], “Why Did You Make Me Care.” The performance was at the NY Theremin Society concert back in September at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Continue reading

Star Trek Meets Coltrane, After The Rain

Sunday Synth Jam: New York Thereminist Rob Schwimmer plays a Star TrekColtrane After The Rain medley on a 1929 RCA “theremin of reknown.”

Schwimmer had this to say about playing the H. Whipple Abbott theremin: “84 years old electronics! And so thick sounding it’s as if you’re touching somebody.”