December 2019 - Dorit Chrysler

The December 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from Colombia, Canada, USA, and Germany. Rick Reid's interview guest is Dorit Chrysler of the New York Theremin Society. 








FEATURED MUSIC*

"Las Calaveras" - AmaNRouge featuring Etheremick (Bogotá, Colombia)
"Time To Talk Time" - Dr G (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
"We Don't Want It" - Darth Presley (New Bedford, MA, USA)
"#1" - Gramss/Krennerich/Levine (Hamburg, Germany)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

"Under the Milky Way" - Tears of Sirens (Bari, Italy)
"Etherwave Blues" - Ian Bickerstaff (UK)
"I'm Your Satellite" - Hyperbubble (San Antonio, TX, USA)
"Sputnik Crash" (short version) - Therminal C (Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW

Dorit Chrysler of the New York Theremin Society, producer of the Theremin 100 compilation album.

FEATURED ALBUM

Theremin 100: Electronic Music Written For Theremin


CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE

Theremin 30 Playlist


Submit your music, suggest a calendar event, or volunteer for an interview by writing to: theremin30podcast@gmail.com. Visit Theremin 30 on Facebook.

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.

CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

November 2019 - Mickey Delp

The November 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from Canada, Spain, USA, and Norway. Rick Reid's interview guest is Mickey Delp, co-designer of the Theremorph synthesizer.








FEATURED MUSIC*

"Space Sister" - Stephen Hamm (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
"Memorias Imposibles" - Javier Diez-Ena (Madrid, Spain)
"Twilight Landscape" - Theremin Noir featuring Rob Schwimmer (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
"Ad Lib" - Bergen Impro Storband (Bergen, Norway)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW

Mickey Delp, co-designer of the EF202 Theremorph synthesizer by Delptronics and Electro-Faustus.

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE

Theremin 30 Playlist


Submit your music, suggest a calendar event, or volunteer for an interview by writing to: theremin30podcast@gmail.com. Visit Theremin 30 on Facebook.

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.

CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

October 2019 - Duo Filmharmonia

Duo Filmharmonia - Michael Tsalka and Dennis James
The October 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features spooky Halloween music from the USA and the Netherlands. Rick Reid's interview guests are Duo Filmharmonia.








FEATURED MUSIC*

"Dance of the Seven Ghosts" - Yeapsystar (Weert, Netherlands)
"Funerary Polka" - Divine Hand Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
"Music Box" - Dorit Chrysler (New York, NY, USA)
"Maria Callas has been Brought Back to an Unnatural Life" - Victoria Lundy (Denver, CO, USA)
"Instant Horror 3" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW

Duo Filmharmonia: Michael Tsalka and Dennis James

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE

Theremin 30 Playlist


Submit your music, suggest a calendar event, or volunteer for an interview by writing to: theremin30podcast@gmail.com. Visit Theremin 30 on Facebook.

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.

CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

September 2019 - Marios Joannou Elia

Marios Joannou Elia with Matryomin Ensemble Mable and Da
The September 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast is devoted to theremin music of Japan. Rick Reid's guest is Marios Joannou Elia, composer and spokesperson for the Theremin 100 Japan project.








FEATURED MUSIC*

"Londonderry Air" - Masami Takeuchi (Hamamatsu, Japan)
"Ave Maria" (Saint-Saens) - Yoko Onishi (Zushi, Japan)
"Sa Sasa" - WataFei, featuring Fatern (Osaka, Japan)
"Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Boogie" - Matryomin Ensemble Mabel and Da (Hamamatsu, Japan)
"Nori" - Tamakiharu Maharumahayason, featuring Keiya Maruyama (Ueda, Japan)


ADDITIONAL MUSIC

"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW

Marios Joannou Elia, International Goodwill Ambassador, Theremin 100 Japan Project

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE

Theremin 30 Playlist


Submit your music, suggest a calendar event, or volunteer for an interview by writing to: theremin30podcast@gmail.com. Visit Theremin 30 on Facebook.

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.

CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

August 2019 - Michelle Moog-Koussa (part 2)

Michelle Moog-Koussa
The August episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from USA, Germany, and England. Rick Reid concludes his interview with Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. Part one of Michelle's interview is in the July episode







FEATURED MUSIC*


"Song for Illusory Impressions Project 2017" - 
Aileen Adler (Austin, TX, USA)
"Improvisation 2" - Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel (Atlanta, GA, USA)
"Elektromat" - Schramm (Zinnowitz, Germany)
"Fantaisie for Ondes Martenot and Piano" - Charlie Draper (London, England)
"Mortante Elefanto" - Beat Frequency (Croxley Green, England)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW

Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director, Bob Moog Foundation and Moogseum (Asheville, NC, USA)

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE


Theremin 30 Playlist


Submit your music, suggest a calendar event, or volunteer for an interview by writing to: theremin30podcast@gmail.com. Visit Theremin 30 on Facebook.

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.

CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

July 2019 - Michelle Moog-Koussa (part 1)

Michelle Moog-Koussa of the Bob Moog Foundation and Rick Reid, host of the Theremin 30 Podcast
The July episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from England, USA, and Canada. Rick Reid's interview guest is Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. Michelle's interview will conclude in the August episode








FEATURED MUSIC*
"Pimlico" -
Matteo Ciminari (London, England)
"Schneeleichen" - Dorit Chrysler (New York, NY, USA)
"What Are Stars?" - Dr G (Halifax, NS, Canada)
"Canaveral" - James Bohn (New Bedford, MA, USA)
"Rosetta and Philae" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA) "No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA) "Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)

INTERVIEW
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director, Bob Moog Foundation and Moogseum (Asheville, NC, USA)

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS
Visit the Theremin 30 Calendar of Theremin Events  for links and details of events mentioned in this episode.

ON YOUTUBE
"What Are Stars?" -- Dr G (official music video)

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Send in a voice message:  https://anchor.fm/theremin30/message


*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.


CREDITS

Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid Opening and closing announcer: David Brower


Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

June 2019 - Eric Ross

The June 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands. Rick Reid's interview guest is avant-garde composer and performer Eric Ross.








FEATURED MUSIC*

*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances.


ADDITIONAL MUSIC 
INTERVIEW

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS


MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS


Copyright 2019 Rick Reid


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TRANSCRIPT

David Brower, announcer 0:04

This is Theremin 30, thirty minutes of theremin music, news, events, and interviews with a new episode about every 30 days. Now, here's your host from Denver, Colorado, USA, Rick Reid.

Rick Reid, host 0:18

Hi there. Welcome to the June 2019 edition of Theremin 30, the monthly podcast for all things theremin. I've got some really diverse and fun music queued up for you this month. And, as always, all of the tracks are featured here with the permission of the recording artists. I will also tell you about some theremin-related concerts and events to check out, and I've got an interview with composer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Ross. Let's get right into the music. in about three minutes you'll hear the theremin in a folk music setting from the Manitoba, Canada, duo Leaf Rapids. but first here's a Brazilian influence track from right here in Denver, Colorado. And I have no idea what the lyrics are about. These are the Inactivists from their Dreaded Concept Album album and a song called "The Esperanto Samba."

Rick Reid, host 7:29

We started that set with the Inactivists featuring Victoria Lundy on theremin and Scott Livingston on lead Esperanto vocals. After that, I played a song called "Dear Sister" by Leaf Rapids from their current album Citizen Alien. Be sure to check out the official music video on YouTube. There's a link to it on the website. Leaf Rapids are a duo from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Keri Latimer sings lead vocals and plays theremin and acoustic guitar. Her husband Devin Latimer plays bass. As of June 1st, they are in the middle of a quick European tour with a full slate of concerts around Germany and the Netherlands through June 8th. They will also be playing several festivals around Canada over the next few months. You can check out their performance schedule at LeafRapids.org or on the Theremin 30 website. And that's a good segue into the calendar of theremin events. June 14th through the 17th you can catch Pepperland in Costa Mesa, California. The Beatles-themed modern dance performance features Rob Schwimmer on theremin. Rob will also be playing theremin, piano, and Haken continuum in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 5th. Dorit Chrysler will be providing live accompaniment to an experimental film series called Three Episodes of Life this month in Vienna, Austria. Sarah Rice will bring her Music of the Night show to London, England, on June 16th. And finally, Thorwald Jørgenson has two performances in Switzerland on June 21st and 22nd. Let's hear some music from Thorwald right now. Of course, he's best known for performing traditional classical music, but he's a composer, too. Here is his original ambient composition called Distant Shores for Theremin, Loop Station, and Voice, recorded live at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.

Rick Reid, host 16:28

There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcast, and I'll visit with avant-garde recording artist Eric Ross. So stay tuned.

Rick Reid, host 16:54

My special guest this month is Eric Ross, an avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Binghamton, New York. I talked with him via cell phone about some of his unique and fascinating experiences involving the theremin. Eric Ross, thank you so much for being on Theremin 30.

Eric Ross, guest 17:10

Thanks. It's nice to be here.

Rick Reid, host 17:11

To get us started. Tell us how you got involved in the theremin. What was your introduction to the instrument and what did you like about it that attracted you?

Eric Ross, guest 17:18

I got involved in it, I was working with my wife in a place called Experimental Television Center, which was an early public access studio. And not only did they have cameras, but they also had video synthesizers and processing modules. And I was looking through a catalog there one day and I saw an advertisement for a theremin. Well, I said, "this would be fun." So, I had some engineers put it together for me. And it was pretty remarkable. But I quickly realized that it was a very difficult instrument to play. Because there's no fretboard. There's no keyboard. But after staying with it for a few years, in 1982, I was able to use it on my first solo record album in New York City. A jazz label called Doria Records, an album called Songs for Synthesized Soprano. And that album really broke me out in terms of sales and reviews and airplay. And I know a lot of other musicians had picked up on it. Miles Davis, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, they all had that album. I think part of the reason for its success was the theremin. And I've used it in all of my major compositions since then.

Rick Reid, host 18:18

You are in upstate New York. Did you get a chance to meet or work with Bob Moog when he had his factory in Trumansburg?

Eric Ross, guest 18:25

Well, actually, I met Bob in the early 90s. We did some workshops and performances together up at Cornell University. And then I met him later on and spent quite a bit of time with him in Portland, Maine, when there was the first international theremin festival up there. Lydia Kavina and I were the two master teachers and Bob was the technical consultant on that. And we got to meet and hang out for quite a bit of time. He was actually testing the Ethervox theremins, and with the MIDI and I got to play that. He was a great guy, great inventor, and a really nice person. And he really liked what I was doing with the theremin. He said what I was doing was very unique with the instrument. And he hoped that I would keep on with it. I also, in the early days, got to meet Clara Rockmore who was the great virtuosa of theremin. After I released the Soprano album, somebody said to me, "why don't you go see that old lady up on 57th Street?" And I said, "who's that?" And he told me "Clara Rockmore." And so I called her up and she invited me over for tea, and we got to meet several times. And a couple times she played for me. She was still an absolutely amazing player. And she inspired me to write a concerto for two theremins. My original idea was to have her and I play the two parts, and we eventually did that piece at Lincoln Center with an orchestra there. But she didn't play. I had another fella named Youssef Yancy who was a jazz thereminist, one of the few guys that I knew at that time. He had played with Sun Ra, and Ornette, and Muhal Abrahams, and those guys. So we did that concert for two theremins at Lincoln Center. She was a real inspiration to me, too. And later on in '91, I got a call from Steven Martin who produced a movie called The Electronic Odyssey of Leon Theremin, and he called me up one afternoon. He said, "Eric," he said "if you want to meet Theremin," he said, "I've got him in a room in the Mayfair hotel here in New York City, come on down." I said "Okay," I said, "when?" He said, "right now." I said, "I'm on my way." He said, "and bring your theremin." So I did. I brought the theremin down and I plugged it in and set it up, and Professor Theremin came in and I played for a little while. And then I plugged it through my wah-wah pedal, and he had never heard that before. So he wanted to try that himself, which he did to good effect. And then later, he told me he had plans to build a polyphonic theremin. But he didn't actually do it. Because when he went back to Russia, shortly thereafter, he passed away. In fact, he never saw the movie, The Electronic Odyssey either.

Rick Reid, host 20:37

I was at the premiere at Sundance.

Eric Ross, guest 20:39

They filmed about 15 minutes of Theremin and I playing and talking, but it didn't make it into the movie. Steve told me it wasn't because the clips weren't any good or anything. He was just, he was trying to tell the story. And he didn't have time. But I did get a couple of credits at the end for being a production assistant, and consultation and that. But just the fact that you know, I got to meet him and Clara Rockmore and Bob Moog. Those three people I think primarily influenced me with the theremin and encouraged me to continue on using it.

Rick Reid, host 21:08

Your musical interests cover a pretty wide range of styles. How would you describe your theremin music style?

Eric Ross, guest 21:14

Well, I would just call it new music, or perhaps avant-garde. And that's my main interest with it. The different idioms, I found the theremin fit into a lot of different contexts in that way.

Rick Reid, host 21:24

You have some performances coming up this summer. What can audiences expect?

Eric Ross, guest 21:28

I have a couple of solo performances coming up, and then I'm going to do some with my avant-garde trio. We will be doing new works. Basically, the works that I've been doing these days are-- include video by my wife, Mary Ross. And she was a video artist and photographer. We made these pieces together, and I scored the video for theremin and other works so that we could perform live with them. So it's kind of a multimedia session. And other times, oftentimes, I bring in a dancer. I've been working with dancers also since the '80s. and incorporate them into the score. So it's like a whole multimedia sort of performance.

Rick Reid, host 22:01

Sounds great. I'd like to catch a show sometime.

Eric Ross, guest 22:04

I hope you do. Yes.

Rick Reid, host 22:05

I feel like I've known you for a long time through the internet. It's great to finally get a chance to visit with you.

Eric Ross, guest 22:11

Rick, I think it's a good thing that you're doing to continue helping to keep the theremin alive and in people's consciousness.

Rick Reid, host 22:15

Thanks so much for taking the time.

Eric Ross, guest 22:17

Thanks, Rick. Best wishes.

Rick Reid, host 22:19

Let's finish this month's podcast with music from Eric Ross from his 2014 live album Music from the Future for Theremin and Ensemble. This track is called "East EQ Zone."

Rick Reid, host 29:03

I'm so grateful to Eric Ross and the other artists who provided music for this episode. You can find out more about each of them by following the links at Theremin30.com. Please show them your support by buying their music and attending their performances. Also, be sure to subscribe to Theremin 30 wherever you get your podcasts. In the July episode, I'll be featuring the music of Dorit Chrysler and Matteo Ciminari. I'm also planning an interview with Michelle Moog-Koussa about the new Moogseum in Asheville, North Carolina, with a preview of the grand opening event scheduled for Leon Theremin's birthday. Finally, I want to remind you that if you have a recording of your own original theremin music, please do send it in. I'd like to spotlight as many artists and genres as I possibly can. I'm your host, Rick Reid, thank you for tuning in.

David Brower, announcer 29:51

You've been listening to the Theremin 30 podcast. Visit Theremin 30 on the web at Theremin30.com.


May 2019 - Jason Barile

The May 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast features music from Mexico, USA, and England. Rick Reid's interview guest is Jason Barile, founder of ThereminWorld.com, possibly the world's first website about theremins.







FEATURED MUSIC*
*The full-length recordings featured in this show were used with the knowledge and permission of the artists and composers. Please support the artists by visiting their websites, purchasing their recordings, and attending their performances. 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
INTERVIEW
CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS
CONTACT
CREDITS
Copyright 2019 Rick Reid

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TRANSCRIPT

David Brower, announcer 0:04

  

This is Theremin 30, thirty minutes of theremin music, news, events, and interviews, with a new episode about every 30 days. Now, here's your host from Denver, Colorado, USA, Rick Reid.


Rick Reid, host 0:19  


Hello and welcome to Theremin 30. Every month I feature theremin music mostly from unsigned artists around the world who have all given me permission to play their recordings on the podcast. I also let you know about upcoming theremin concerts, workshops, and festivals, and I'll visit with a special guest. This month. My guest is Jason Barile, the founder of ThereminWorld.com, probably one of the oldest websites dedicated to the theremin. Coming up, I've got music from right here in Denver, Colorado. First, let's start things off with some music from Mexico City. From his album called Cosmo: Theremin Music, this is Ernesto Mendoza with "Tesla."


Rick Reid, host 9:15  


We started that set with "Tesla" by Ernesto Mendoza, then we heard from Victoria Lundy with the title track of her 2015 solo album, Miss American Vampire. Victoria is arguably the most versatile and busy theremin player in Colorado. She performs with the highly entertaining indie rock band the Inactivists and several different experimental music projects. We'll feature one of her tunes with the Inactivists in the June episode. It's time now for the Theremin 30 calendar of theremin events. There are a bunch of great theremin-related concerts, workshops, and festivals this month and into June. Here are just a few you may want to check out. Lydia Kavina will accompany that The 1932 silent film The Idea being screened on May 4 and fifth at the Brompton cemetery chapel in the Kensington district of London. She will also be among the presenters in a two-day theremin and ondes Martenot workshop on the Oxford University campus May 11 and 12th. Also on May 11, Thorwald Jørgensen will be performing in Chicago at the Ravinia Festival. He also has concerts coming up in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain. Meanwhile, Charlie Draper, Pamelia Stickney, Dorit Chrysler, and Sarah Rice also have gigs over the next several weeks. And on May 23, Bob Moog's birthday, the Bob Moog Foundation will open the doors of their new Moogseum, which I'm told will feature several different pyramids designed by Dr. Moog and an exhibit about the pioneering work of Leon Theremin. The 23rd will be the soft opening of the museum, with a grand opening event set for Professor Theremin's birthday in August. Go to calendar.theremin30.com and follow the links for more details on all of these events and many more. And if you have an event you would like to put on the calendar, send in all the details using the contact form on Theremin30.com. One of the events on this month's calendar is a May 12th performance by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel. I recently got to meet thereminist Scott Burland. Here's a track that he and bandmate Frank Schultz were kind enough to send me to play on the podcast. It's called Serpentariae.


Rick Reid, host 15:32  


There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcast and I'll visit with Jason Barile, the founder of ThereminWorld.com. So stay tuned.


Rick Reid, host  16:10  


Remember, you can find links to all of the artists featured on this podcast at Theremin30.com. And be sure to subscribe to Theremin 30 on Stitcher or wherever else you get your podcasts. Let's get back into the music now with Modersohn-Becker, one of several aliases used by London UK artist and musician Greta Pistacecci. This track is called "Not" from her Wrong album.


Rick Reid, host 19:02

  

My special guest this month is Jason Barile, founder of ThereminWorld.com. I caught up with him during Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina. Thanks, Jason, for being on Theremin 30.

Jason Barile, guest 19:15


Well, thanks, Rick. This is great opportunity. I really appreciate you having me on the show.


Rick Reid, host  19:20  


To start out with for people who haven't seen your website give us a basic overview of what it is and how people use it.


Jason Barile, guest 19:27  


Theremin World is the website. It's a community for theremin players and theremin builders from all over the world. We have forums where people trade ideas for how to play the theremin, which theremins they like and don't like, how to build theremin circuits. There's been a lot of debate over the years of various types of circuit design for theremins and it's been fascinating to watch the evolution of that. And it's a great place to come and hear some theremin music and discover theremin artists you might not have heard of.


Rick Reid, host 19:52  


So how did you personally get involved and interested in theremin?


Jason Barile, guest 19:55  


When I was in college, I had very little spending money. So I volunteered for the concert committee, which was a group of students who basically provided free roadie services when bands would come to perform. And as a thank you for working, they let us get into all the shows for free. And so I was at a show, I think it was for They Might Be Giants and the band Pere Ubu opened. Because I got in free, it was general admission, I was on the front row. And they held a theremin up over the front row so we could interact with it and play with it during one of the songs. I was fascinated. I was instantly captivated. And thought I don't know what that is, kind of looks like they built it themselves. So I want to learn how to build one of those myself. And then I started asking around and did a little bit of research and started finding schematics in our school library. And right around that time Leon Theremin passed away. And there was a story on NPR., My parents heard that and called me and said, Oh, you should check this thing out. And they gave me a little bit of information that I hadn't heard as well. And around the same time, the World Wide Web became available to students there. And so I set up a little homepage, it was a little single website called the Theremin Homepage. And it ran out of my student account, and it started getting discovered. I'm not even sure how people found it. I think eventually I listed it in Yahoo back when Yahoo was run out of a student account at Stanford. People started sending me schematics. The fax machine in the grad student lab I worked in would suddenly just start spitting out their own schematics randomly at some points. So I would scan those in and put those on the website. And then the school invited Bob Moog, actually, to come and do a presentation, talk about the theremin and show the documentary. And I got to talk with him a little bit. And he also invited me out to his workshop in Asheville and gave me some theremin schematics to share as well. And it's really just kind of grown over the years from that. It's been a long obsession.


Rick Reid, host 21:42  


Now, weren't you involved in some sort of robot theremin project?


Jason Barile, guest 21:47  


Yes. When I was in graduate school, I did an electrical engineering degree and worked in a robotics lab. And the robots we were building were intended to help people with disabilities to feed themselves. And so we had video cameras. And we had these to look at a person and try to find their face and put a spoonful of soup in their mouth. But because robots can be, you know, scary and strong, we were using these special robots that had rubber actuators that kind of worked like muscles in pairs. Turned out they were really, really hard to control because they would oscillate back and forth as the rubber bounced. And it wasn't me but one of my co-workers in the grad student lab had the great idea to make it play the theremin because he knew I was obsessed with them. But we realized that it kind of looked like the robot was trying to play vibrato, and it was wiggling back and forth. And so we wrote a little bit of software and connected it to a MIDI keyboard. So you can play a note and then the theremin would play the right note. And then we also made it able to listen to a sound and mimic that sound. So you could sing into a microphone and it would play that same note, which was really fun. I wish we still had it.


Rick Reid, host 22:44  


Being in charge of that website, which I would say is probably the most visited theremin website in the English language, which is my hunch, how has it affected you as a musician and creative person?


Jason Barile, guest 22:56 

For me, it's really opened a lot of doors. I've gotten to meet so many incredibly cool and interesting people from all over the world. People that you know, I probably never would have had a chance to interact with before and everybody brings something different to the theremin conversation even for such an elegantly simple instrument. There's still so many unique ways of playing it and types of music you can make with it that everybody has been really fascinating to learn from. So it's been a great opportunity.


Rick Reid, host 23:23  


So over those years, do you think the instrument has gotten out of its sort of novelty reputation to be a more accepted instrument in the general music community?


Jason Barile, guest 23:34  


it is certainly more accepted than when I first kind of learned about it. I think it does still have a novelty appeal to a lot of people. I think a lot of people just like to kind of wave their hands and add some echo and effects and you know, make some noise with it. And it's a fun instrument to watch somebody play. I think that's a very valid use of the theremin for entertainment. But I think what's been truly amazing is to see some really incredible performers start to grow and find their own way of playing the theremin and find their niche within the various musical genres out there. People like Thorwald Jørgensen or Gregoire Blanc have started to do things with the theremin that we thought maybe only Clara Rockmore could do. And so it's been great.


Rick Reid, host 24:14  


Right now we're having this sort of unofficial 100th anniversary of the theremin. And are we going to see more events?


Jason Barile, guest 24:21  


Yes, we are actually in the works of creating a common section on the site where people could list events. We'll have a common hashtag, I think everybody will be using #theremin100 to try to spread the word. There will be events all over the world. We'll start to see more and more announced in probably later this year. There's a little bit of uncertainty about when the theremin was actually invented. The book by Dr. Albert Glinski says that it was in spring of 1920. And there's been some additional research that suggests maybe the inspiration or the original project happened a few months before that in late 1919. So we're really treating the next year-and-a-half, two-year period as the 100th anniversary, which is great because that just means more theremin events for everybody.


Rick Reid, host 25:07  


It's kind of like how we celebrate Leon Theremin's birthday twice.. every year. 


Jason Barile, guest


Exactly. Exactly.


Rick Reid, host


Remind people of how they can find your website. 


Jason Barile, guest 


Just go to www.ThereminWorld.com. you can read all of the content, read the forums without signing in, but you're welcome to create a free account as well if you want to participate in the global theremin conversation.


Rick Reid, host 25:27  


Great. Thank you. Let's finish this month's podcast with music from an artist I got to meet and hear performed during my trip to Durham from Nashville Tennessee This is Shueh-Li Ong with a track called "My Summertime Dreams."


Rick Reid, host 29:06  


I want to express my thanks to all of the musicians who provided music for this episode. You can find out more about them by following the links at Theremin30.com. And be sure to subscribe to Theremin 30 wherever you get your podcasts. In the June episode, I'll be featuring the music of Thorwald Jørgensen and Eric Ross. And I'm planning to have Eric on the show to talk about his 1991 meeting with Professor Theremin. So that's a show you won't want to miss. And finally, if you have a recording of your own original theremin music that you would like me to play on the show, please send it in. I'd like to feature as many thereminists from around the world as I possibly can. You can find all the details on the website. I'm your host, Rick Reid, thank you for tuning in.


David Brower, announcer 29:50

  

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