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.

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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

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TRANSCRIPT

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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 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  0:19  
Hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music. This is the ninth and final episode for 2019. I want to thank all of you who have been listening since the beginning last April. And to those who have tuned in for the first time, I encourage you to go back and listen to all of the previous episodes. You'll find lots of interesting music and interviews that I'm sure you'll enjoy. This month's lineup includes music from Columbia, Canada, the USA and Germany. And my special guest is Dorit Chrysler from the New York Theremin society. She has details for us on the new Theremin 100 compilation album. Let's get started with music from Amman rouge from Bogota, Colombia. I'm on rouge features Amanda lucea Rodriguez on vocals and piano with at keramik on Theremin this track last Coronavirus or the skulls is inspired by a children's folk song of the same name


Rick Reid  8:59  
You just heard time to talk time by Nova Scotia Canada based recording artist and science educator, Greg Dr. g. Melton. It's from the album Dr. g goes to space. Greg tells me the song was inspired by Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of time. Before that I played last Calaveras new song by Amman rouge that will be featured on their forthcoming album, The crow in the hat. Look for it early next year. You can learn more about these artists by clicking their names in the show notes for this episode at Theremin thirty.com It's Time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events with concerts you can see over the next few weeks. On Thursday, December 5 Temple of ape collective featuring thereminist alien Adler will be filming a live performance in Austin, Texas. On December 7 Karolina Ike will play the first of four shows in China. Robert Myers electric Bach project will be performing in Germany on December 13. Spanish trio my doula door down desk says A couple of performances scheduled for December 21. And the CIO marching band rings in the new year here in Denver, Colorado, with their annual Saturnalia concert on December 31. For details on these shows and more, go to Theremin thirty.com and click the link to the calendar.

Up next I've got a sort of a spacey loungy experimental slow rock jam from a man called Darth Presley. It features James Bond on Theremin and some other instruments. Here is we don't want it

After the break I'll visit with Dorit Chrysler from the New York Theremin society about the soon to be released Theremin 100 compilation album. We'll also hear a preview of some of the tracks included. And we've got improvisational music from Andrew Levine so stay tuned.

just over a year ago, some Theremin Hassan Facebook started a grassroots effort to create a new Theremin compilation album to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Theremin. Now that project is about to come to fruition with the help of Dorit Chrysler and the New York Theremin society. I recently spoke with Dora about this really cool project tore it. Thank you for being on Theremin 30. I'm really excited for this new album that you've been working on.

Dorit Chrysler  16:30  
Well, thanks for having me. great pleasure to be here.

Rick Reid  16:33  
This project, if I recall correctly started more than a year ago. I think maybe Robert Meyer, got it going?

Dorit Chrysler  16:39  
You absolutely correct. So Robert Maya online posted publicly for the centennial of the chairman, which we're all excited about, to maybe collect a bunch of tracks online. When I saw that, I thought it's a great idea. But it would be even better if we would take this further. So the New York fairman society decided to make its first release not only as a digital, but also in CD form, and vinyl. So it can really be a lasting product that people can hold in their hands. There was an official call of feminists who wanted to participate, and there was an overwhelming response. And then it came down to the very difficult task of making a selection and lovingly putting it together in a form that really for me, it was important to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument that Theremin has to offer in terms of style and innovative application of the instrument. And of course, also mastering of technique. We had wonderful contributions.

Rick Reid  17:58  
I noticed also there's a variety of instruments involve several different models and custom made instruments, all kinds of things.

Dorit Chrysler  18:05  
It is interesting to see how varied instruments are and there are a few tracks that have actually also been created using exclusively nothing but different Theremin models, as for instance, a band from Texas called hyper bubble, which you know, those are really interesting tracks to listen to.

Rick Reid  18:25  
I should mention that there's a CD and an LP, plus a bunch of bonus tracks that there just wasn't enough room to feature everybody.

Dorit Chrysler 18:31  
Yes, I mean, I really was reminded again of the limitation of vinyl and CD, we could only fit 21 tracks on the CD and 12 tracks on the vinyl altogether. It is 51 tracks spanning 18 countries and 51 different players

Rick Reid  18:51  
and you have really wonderful album artwork. Tell me about how that came together.

Dorit Chrysler 18:56  
I'm really glad you like it. It was I mean the whole project is a true labor of love and passion for the firemen and I tapped into all the friends whose artistry I greatly respect and as for the visuals, it was a dear friend of mine, Larry seven who actually introduced me to the Theremin. So he has been really instrumental to my artistic development. He also is a wonderful photographer. So he had the idea of this elaborate project of finding a huge piece of foam cutting it in the shape of one of the original Thurman's smearing chocolate icing on top of it and turn it into a beautiful Theremin birthday cake where the antennas a burning candle. And then on the backside The cake is cut open and all kinds of old circuitry is stuck inside. So yeah, the art came out really, really nice and because of that we splurged on how a poster of that birthday cake in the limited vinyl edition. So the vinyl comes with a beautiful foreword by Albert klinsky that he generously contributed as well as the poster of the artwork. And the download card in the vinyl edition will feature all the CD tracks plus the bonus tracks. So actually purchasing the CD or vinyl you get the same amount of additional digital downloads.

Rick Reid  20:29  
Let's listen to some of the music. Here's a little montage I put together with for 22nd segments of some of the artists featured.


Rick Reid  21:58  
The first track was from under the Milky Way a song by tears of sirens. Then we heard either way blues from Ian Bickerstaff. I'm your satellite by hyper bubble, and we ramped up with Sputnik crash by terminal See, that's the music project of Coralie, a injure from Switzerland.

Dorit Chrysler  22:17  
I was so in awe of what wonderful contributions from all over the world reached us. And I just really want to thank to all these talented players literally all over the world that played a Theremin. And we're excited and generous enough to be willing to partake in this release, we did want to give a little historic span by including a Robert schillinger composition that's played by Torvalds. Johansson, a wonderful player whose work we all know when that work was being to me left paren and himself performed the part on the Theremin, which is a nice little caper. And then I also wanted to include a composition by herb Deutsch, who was instrumental in the development of the synthesizer and has been composing since the 70s. And he wrote beautiful pieces for Theremin that are also not very well known, so it was important to include him. And then everything else really lands in the presence of contemporary musicians using the Academy.

Rick Reid  23:23  
When will the album be available to purchase and where can people find it?

Dorit Chrysler 23:27  
We will start pre orders hopefully by the middle of December before the holidays and then the physical units should be in and ready to ship by the beginning of the new year and will be available for purchase at the New York Herrmann society.org website as well as on Bandcamp

Rick Reid  23:50  
for the benefit of Theremin 30 listeners, the New York Theremin society has actually moved up the preorder date, so you can reserve your copy of Theremin 100 right now, you can either go to their website or follow the link in the show notes for this episode at Theremin thirty.com.

In January, Hamburg, Germany based thereminist Andrew Levine will be on a mini tour of the eastern US with planned stops in Georgia, Florida and New York to finish this month's podcast. Here's a live improvisational recording featuring Andrew Levine on Theremin along with Sebastian grams on double bass and Andreas Kinneret Sean saxophone from the album, European electro acoustic chamber music here is track number one

Rick Reid  29:03  
this is a 30 minute show and time is about to run out. So I want to thank Ahmad ruse Dr. g Darth Elvis and Graham's printer rich and Levine for allowing me to play their music. Also a big thanks to dork Chrysler for being my interview guest and for all the work she's put into producing the new Theremin 100 compilation album. Coming up in the January 2020 episode, my guest will be Gordon Charlton who records under the artists name beat frequency, he'll be sharing with us some of his innovative tips and tricks for creating experimental ambient music with the Theremin. If you have music you'd like me to play in the January show, please contact me through the Theremin 30 website or the Facebook page. Until next time, I'm your host Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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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

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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

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TRANSCRIPT

Please note: This is a machine-generated transcript that has not been manually edited. There will be numerous errors. Check back soon for a corrected version.

David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 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  0:19  
Hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music and events. This month I've got music from Canada, Norway, the USA and Spain. And I'll be visiting with Mickey Delp about the new Thera morphic gesture controlled synthesizer. Let's get started now with brand new music by Stephen ham from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Steven is releasing his very first studio album this month. The album is called Theremin man and the first single is space sister. In a few minutes I'll tell you how to get a free download of this song.


Rick Reid  5:23  
That was space sister by Steven ham. You can get a free download of that song by visiting Stephens website and signing up for his mailing list. I've got the link on my website. there I'm in three zero.com also check out the music video to space sister. It's on the Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube.

Up next I've got new music from Javier Diaz aina from Madrid, Spain. This is a track called impossible memories. And believe it or not every sound on this song and the entire album was created with a Theremin, including the percussion. Javier used a sub scope 120th anniversary model Theremin with its adjustable velocity and white noise generator along with some outboard gear to create all the drum sounds you hear in this track. Here's how the RDS anaa with impossible memories

That was impossible memories from the new they're ammonium to album by Javier Diaz aina Javier has scheduled an album release concert for November 14 in Madrid. For details follow the link on the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events. And it happens to be Time now for a look at that calendar with highlights a Theremin concert and events that you can attend over the next several weeks. Andrew Levine will be performing in Stuttgart, Germany on November 5. Karolina ik has a couple more stops on her US tour before returning to Europe for shows in the UK, Germany, Austria and Malta tour wild Jorgensen travels down under for five performances in Australia this month. The annual Theremin Academy and lipstadt Germany runs November 22 through the 24th. Lydia cabinet leads a Theremin masterclass on November 24, in Moscow, and on December 5 in London, the radio science orchestra will perform their Theremin 100 program at the innovation and music conference. rsls Bruce Willis will also be one of the keynote speakers. And just a reminder, there are so many Theremin events going on around the world every month, especially this year that I can't possibly keep up with all of them on my own. So if you don't see your event on the calendar, it probably just means that I haven't heard about it yet. So send me the details through the Theremin 30 website or the Theremin 30 Facebook page.

Just a few weeks ago in New York City multi instrumentalist Rob Schwimmer celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Theremin noir album. By getting the trio back together for a one off performance at the progressive Chamber Music Festival in New York City. Rob was kind enough to send me a track from the Theremin noir album to play here on the podcast. He wanted me to remind you though, that this recording was made shortly after he started playing Theremin 20 years ago, and that he plays much better now. Here's Rob Schwimmer on the mug melodia Theremin with Mark Feldman on violin and Yuri Kane on piano with a song called Twilight landscape.

That was Theremin Nur featuring Rob Schwimmer. You can catch Rob onstage in a benefit show at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on November 8. Then he'll be at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from November 14 through the 17th. Playing in the backing band of the mark Morris dance group production of pepper land, a dance tribute to the Beatles Sergeant Pepper album. Follow the links to these shows on the Theremin 30 calendar for more details.

After the break, I'll visit with Mickey Delp about the new Thera morph gesture controlled synthesizer. And then I've got some really cool experimental music from the better gun impro store band from Bergen, Norway, so stay tuned.

this past September, I attended nob con. It's an annual synthesizer convention held just outside of Chicago. One of the cool new products on the trade show floor was a portable synthesizer that you can play almost like a Theremin. I thought it might be of interest to some of you. So I invited one of the designers to tell us all about it.

Rick Reid  18:41  
Mickey Delp, thank you so much for being on Theremin 30

Mickey Delp  18:43  
Rick, thanks for having me.

Rick Reid  18:45  
What is the Thera morph? And how is it that you came to this collaboration with electro fastest to create it.

Mickey Delp  18:52  
The third morph is Theremin ish. I like to call it a synthesizer with Theremin esque control. So it's not a classic Theremin. In that, first of all, there's only one control not a separate volume and pitch. The pitch control also is a gate control. So when you move your hand over it, it's like pressing the key and the distance is the pitch. So it combines both of those in one control.

Rick Reid  19:22  
Dump. tronics is known for electronic percussion modules. And electro fastest is known for noise devices. So pretty different product lines. How did the two companies get together to create their morph

Mickey Delp19:35  
we originally got together to do the black fly, which is an amplified spring. They have a pedal version of it. And they came to me and said can you make a eurorack module out of it? And so we did that that was our first collaboration. And they have this relatively simple photo Theremin pedal and they said hey, do you think this would make a good eurorack module and we started talking and I said, Dad Oh, no, because all the wires are going to cover the sensor. But maybe we could just make a new version of the pedal and just do it up and make a full featured synthesizer with the optical control. And they were all on board. And so we designed, what features would go in it, and I designed the circuitry. And I think that's the whole story.

Rick Reid  20:23  
One thing with a photo Theremin traditionally, is that it relies on an external light source, whether it's the ambient light in your room, or you can play it with a flashlight. Now this is different in that the light source is in the instrument as well as the sensors. So how does that work? The typical photo Theremin is a light sensitive resistor.

Mickey Delp 20:44  
So it acts like a potentiometer, which is a knob. It's the same thing but light controlled. So for this, I went with a more advanced infrared sensor. So the sensor itself has an infrared LED and receiver

Rick Reid  21:00  
because it has its own light source. If someone wanted to use this on stage in a dark club, it would still work just as well as if it were a brightly lit room, right?

Mickey Delp  21:09  
Yeah, absolutely. The light in the room is irrelevant. The only time it would not work great is in direct sunlight in noon. Oh, but indoors, any lighting conditions work fine.

Rick Reid  21:23  
I gave it a try to play it like a traditional theorem and to try to play a melody on it. And here's a little sample and I'm way off key hit something that's going to take a learning curve. But here's my attempt.

Ouch, the ending there. The gate was open the whole time that I was playing. So that's why you heard continuous tone. If I wanted to have silence between the notes, I'd have to raise my hand out of the field that it's sensing

Mickey Delp 22:04  
Theremin is so used to having their pitch control hand in place and using the other hand for the volume. And you have to adopt a different style with this. You have to move left and right to get out of the beam.

Rick Reid  22:20  
That's what I was doing wrong.

Mickey Delp 22:22  
Yeah. So it's moving left and right to turn it on and off and then up and down for the pitch. And it doesn't have a fluid volume control like traditional Theremin. But it does have an attack decay envelope like a synthesizer.

Rick Reid  22:38  
Now one thing I thought was interesting about the control that's different than a Theremin is that you can adjust whether you want the pitch to go up or down depending on which way Your hand is moving.

Mickey Delp 22:48  
When we first started showing prototypes of it, a lot of people asked about that, what if I want to reverse the response. And so we definitely added that. The other thing that I like about it is that you can control the range, it's got an eight octave range, but usually I don't want to play in that much space. So you can lower that down, you know, anywhere from one to eight octaves.

Rick Reid  23:14  
And the next little sample I'll play for you. This is kind of a UFO sort of oscillation effect.

Mickey Delp 23:36  
instrument is just a lot of fun. And you can totally noodle around on it and make crazy sounds and use that through a bunch of pedals and make that your main instrument for sure. But it's a nice accompaniment. I play drum machine and sequencers controlling synthesizers when I perform. And so I like the Thera morph because it's another synth to me. It's got all the controls that you would want in a basic synthesizer. It's got MIDI in and I can just hook it up to my sequencer and play it that way. Then you can use the sensor for controlling something else. And it there's a lot of different combinations with all the inputs and outputs.

Rick Reid  24:23  
And one of the combinations I tried was I connected my Korg Sq one sequencer to the Thera morph using CV and I didn't get really deep into it, but just wanted to see if it works. So here's a little sample of what I came up with.

I was curious to see if I can control this device with a Theremin. So I have a mug either way plus, which has CV outs, and I have a couple of samples here. The first one is More of a subdued sound, but it's using some of the oscillation in there and morph.

And then the second one is kind of a bass sound where you actually hear the gate open and close.

Mickey Delpr  25:29  
Yeah, if you give it a longer release time, and then modulate the filter with the envelope, then you'll get like that classic bass synth kind of sound, with the filter sweep on the decay. So how do people get one of these? You can get them directly from Delta tronics on our website, or electro Faustus on their website. And it's now going out to more distributors as well. Perfect circuit has it now.

Rick Reid  25:56  
Well, thank you very much for letting me borrow the E f 202. thermore, from electro fastest and beltronics.

Mickey Delp 26:03  
Well, thanks for having me on the show.

Rick Reid  26:06  
If you have a product, album or event that you'd like to talk about on the podcast, please let me know. There's never a cost to you to be an interview guest. You just have to have something interesting and Theremin related to discuss. Look for further details on the Theremin 30 website. With the time we have left I want to play an excerpt from a really cool recording sent to me by sindri sortland who plays Theremin with American impro store bent and improvisational music collective based in Bergen, Norway. This track features about a dozen musicians and was composed by collective member Knute Volga with liberal improvisation by all of the musicians involved. The entire track is about 20 minutes long, and you can listen to it on Spotify or Amazon Prime. I definitely recommend headphones. Here now is the Barragan impro store band with a track called ad lib.

That's all the time we have for this month. I want to thank Stephen ham, Javier Diaz anaa Rob Schwimmer and the Barragan impro store band for providing the great music, and Mickey Delp of dope tronics for being my interview guest. In the December episode, I'll be visiting with Dorit Chrysler of the New York Theremin society. She'll be giving us a sneak preview of the new Theremin 100 compilation album due out next month. If you have music you'd like me to play in the December show, please contact me through the website or the Facebook page. As always, thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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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

-------------------

TRANSCRIPT

Please note: This is a machine-generated transcript that has not yet been manually edited. There will be numerous errors. Check back soon for a corrected version.


David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 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  0:19  
Hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music and events. Since it's October and the Theremin is so often associated with horror and sci fi music, I decided to make this a Halloween episode. I've got spooky music on the way from the USA and the Netherlands. And I'll be visiting with the members of duo film Harmonia. They'll be playing a live music score for the silent movie thriller The hands of orlok on Halloween night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Let's get the Halloween festivities started now with music from the Vienna Netherlands based thereminist. Yep, see star. This is dance of the seven ghosts.

Rick Reid  7:02  
We started that set with dance of the seven ghosts from yep see star who you may also know as Marielle Vossen. Then we heard funerary polka from the divine hand ensemble based in Philadelphia. That track was created for a walking tour App of the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. You can download 10 tracks from that project for free from the band's website, follow the link from Theremin thirty.com Also, be sure to check out the music video for a funerary polka on the Theremin 30 YouTube playlist. It's time now for the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events with highlights of live Theremin performances you can attend in the coming weeks. On October 4 Karolina Iker performs a new Theremin concerto by dalot Marcia with the Boston modern orchestra project, Lydia cabina, will be the guest instructor at the fourth international Theremin Academy in Santiago, Chile from October 9 through the 13th. Also on October 13, Charlie Draper debuts his new band to retro faneca with a pair of concerts inside a historic London railroad tunnel. Project pimento will be performing Theremin lounge music in San Francisco on October 17. And the band we just heard the divine hand ensemble as a couple of shows in Philadelphia on October 5 and the 30th. Check out our new and improved calendar with all the details about these shows and more at Theremin thirty.com let's get back to this spooky Halloween music now. First up is a track called a music box. It's a brief cue from Dorit Chrysler soundtrack for the Austrian TV mini series. m city hunts a murderer. Then we'll hear a track by Victoria Lundy called Maria Kelis has been brought back to an unnatural life. It's from her Miss American vampire album.

Rick Reid  15:22  
There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcast and we'll talk with duo Philharmonia about their Halloween night performance of that Hans of orlok. So stay tuned, if you dare.

Rick Reid  16:11  
On October 31st duo Philharmonia will be performing at the Winspear center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, pianist McConnell, Taka and organist and Theremin Dennis James will be performing a classical music score to accompany a screening of the 1924 silent horror film, the hands of orlok some trivia for you, Dennis James took Theremin lessons from none other than Clara rockmore and one of his Theremin was custom built for him by Bob mug. I recently spoke to duo Philharmonia via Skype about their upcoming Halloween show. Tell me about duo film Harmonia. How did you two get together since you obviously don't live on the same continent.

Dennis James  16:54  
It's my general profession. I actually have a 50 year career accompanying silent film, generally at the theater pipe organ, as opposed to Mikhail who is a concert pianist. Around 2013. I was studying clavichord go you tell them how we met.

Michael Tsalka  17:16  
There is a club called symposium, which is a five day event. And the only thing you can hear our lectures and performances and club records. And it is a beautiful small city quite close to the Alps, and quite close to Milan, the folks who play the clavicle quite wonderfully bizarre and reserved, usually and live in the old world. I arrived there and I saw Dennis sitting and having a large bottle of hard liquor and smoking a huge cigar. And I immediately have a feeling we will become great friends and I approached him and we started speaking and then I found out that he is traveling the world most of the year just like I do, and then I knew will become great friends.

Dennis James  18:02  
We met there and Italy and I invited Mikhail to stop by my home when he was in America on a concert tour that following winter, we specialists in historic music instrument revival always are bonded immediately when we meet. So I had this idea that we could combine his talents with my proclivity for historical music instrument textures, and my specialty was silent film. And I had the idea that we could score a film called Hamlet, a very famous silent film from the early 1920s, made in Europe that I had been commissioned for a Shakespeare Festival at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Michael Tsalka  18:46  
We actually set with the show, and we managed to score about 30 40% of the film within one day.

Dennis James  18:54  
The concept behind that very first score that we did together was the idea of taking pre existing music by Johann Sebastian Bach's sons. This isn't new music it isn't new music written and music in this case, not even intended for film use.

Rick Reid  19:11  
Tell me about your concert coming up on October 31 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dennis James  19:17  
This particular show is an outgrowth of how we put together the hamlet show. At the beginning, we didn't even know what repertoire we were really thinking of doing. And this particular movie features a concert pianist. In fact, the very opening scene of the movie is a concert pianist performing in a concert in a major concert hall. And this is the show is all about a concert pianist. It's a horror movie and not to give away the plot too much the title hands of or lock or lock is the pianist and the hands become quite prominent because very early in the film, the pianist is leaving that concert he gets in a train and then the train Suddenly has a collision with another train. So things happen and then everybody get and they find the body of the panel is still alive. And so they do some surgery and they had to remove his hands. His hands are cut off

Michael Tsalka   20:17  
The nightmare of every pianist. There is one piece which one can see the pianist is playing the Nocturne by Chopin and also based on that we chose a score which is we are performing many of the great Nocturnes polonez sonatas of Chopin in many cases were playing the whole piece or solitude, and it's a beautifully arranged score was determined arriving at very specific points into the plot.

Dennis James  20:48  
The use of the Theremin is really the key element that pulled the whole thing together into a logical continuity with the past because it was invented in 1919, and did exist through the 1920s. And this movie was made in 1924. I was around beginning to play Theremin at the point when left tear man was still alive. And I had an interlocutor actually asked lev if he knew that the Theremin was ever used for silent film. And the reply came back that not to anyone's knowledge was the Theremin use like this for silent film music that comes in and it is a bit of a historical maneuver to use the Thurman live with a silent film. But one little band of history is close enough.

Rick Reid  21:41  
could you address how you balance the three instruments in concert? Because obviously, the Theremin has some novelty value that maybe draws more attention to itself because of that. And the pipe organ is just so incredibly rich and loud. And not just like the piano. But the piano, it seems like it's got some competition on stage.

Michael Tsalka  22:02  
Well, I think that we're using the term in mostly attend the segments where they're great moments of drama when there is a frightening image a period when there is something which is very striking, and try to use that also, at the end of the piano pieces. Actually. In some occasions, Dennis is improvising something that which he does very brilliantly. And in other cases where the melody of the piano is very penetrating, dramatic. Sometimes aggressive, then actually determine takes over so I would say that determine and the piano work very much together actually.

Rick Reid  22:45  
Dennis, why don't you explain the logistics of switching between the Oregon keyboard and the Theremin? How do you have that setup? And how do you handle that

Dennis James  22:52  
for me to play the Oregon and the Theremin at the same time is absolutely impossible, because my hands are busy with whichever instrument is being played. And so of course, the conception of a duo gives me the ability to very careful and very calculated through the sequence of building the scoring to shift while Mikhail is playing a piano piece. I can then be over at the Theremin which is sitting right next to me just next to the Oregon bench I can spend to it. And then just at the right moment I'm able to come in. And so that's the idea as Mikhail mentioned that the basic use of the Theremin is a tag and punctuation for the piano and then doing especially to transition into the next piece. This is actually a gigantic Piano Concerto conception where the piano soloist is doing almost all of the work. And the origin when it plays is almost always doing the work of an accompanying orchestra. And then the Theremin is the additional effect. That brain is in the logic of Hollywood film scoring. Then this is an incredible organist. And, you know, I think that this scores which shows for example, some of the more Jeet was he can wonderfully colorful polonez and some of the more dramatic and beautiful Nocturnes they're all very symphonic and orchestrated the nature the piano pieces. So it all works very beautifully.

Michael Tsalka 24:24  
I think that actually these three of instruments bring something which was most probably not heard before we score the company silently.

Dennis James  24:34  
Oh, I expect. Absolutely. 

Rick Reid  24:36  
After the Halloween performance in Edmonton will other people get a chance to see this performance elsewhere?

Unknown Speaker  24:42  
We definitely have many plans of performing it. We had the great pleasure of performing recently at the bottom exalts Moog and elbphilharmonie and I have many wonderful contacts in New Zealand and Australia and I've contacted them offering this here So it was certainly played in many, many venues in the next year.

Michael Tsalka  25:03  
And I'm very happy that the Theremin is so portable, that I'll be able to put that in my luggage and take it all over the world without difficulty.

Rick Reid  25:12  
Well, thank you very much for taking the time to talk about your techniques and this upcoming concert. I wish I could go see it. I'm a huge fan of silent movies and pipe organs and have their amens. I wish you great success with this performance and all the future performances as you take the film around the world.

Dennis James  25:28  
Very good. Thank you so much.

Michael Tsalka  25:30  
Thank you.

Rick Reid  25:40  
A link to ticket information for a dual film harmonious Halloween performance of the hands of Warlock is on our events calendar at Theremin thirty.com. With the time we have left here some spooky ambient music from phlogiston theory that happens to be my stage name. This is called Instant or three.

Rick Reid  28:51  
That's all the time we have for this month. I want to thank feature artists yep see star divine hand ensemble Dorit Chrysler and Victoria Lundy for helping me put together a thrilling chilling Halloween playlist. Also a special thanks to duo Philharmonia for talking with me about their upcoming Halloween gig, the hands of orlok. In the November episode, I'll be visiting with instrument designer Mickey delt about the Thera morph. It's affordable analog synthesizer that can be played with an infrared gesture controller, kind of like a Theremin. And I've got music from Norwegian experimental recording artists, Bergen impro storebrand. If you have music you'd like me to play in the November show, please contact me through the website or Facebook page. I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween and that somehow it involves a Theremin. Until next time, I'm your host, Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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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

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TRANSCRIPT

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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 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  0:19  
Hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music and events. In this special September 2019 edition we'll focus on Theremin musicians of Japan with performances by Yoko ohnishi Fay turn key Maruyama and more. As usual, all of the artists have given me permission to play their music in this show. Plus, I have an interview with Mario's Giovanna ellia, who will tell us all about the Theremin 100 Japan project scheduled for mid September just a couple of weeks from today. events will include live concerts and a Guinness world record attempt. Let's begin this month show with a performance by Masami Takeuchi. Japan's leading proponent of Theremin music. Masami is the founder and director of Mandarin electron, a company based in Hamamatsu that makes matri omens, those cute Theremin is built inside Russian nesting dolls. We'll be talking more about matri omens later in the podcast, Masami studied them in performance under the guidance of Lydia cabina and has been a Theremin teacher to hundreds of students in Japan. Here he is playing the traditional Irish folk tune, Londonderry air

Rick Reid  9:04  
We started the show with Londonderry air performed by Masami Takeuchi. Then we heard a beautiful performance of sun suns Ave Maria by Yoko ohnishi. Yoko lives in zushi, Japan that performances from her 2017 CD called all Theremin, it's a multitrack recording and she played all of the parts layer by layer on Theremin you can see music videos for both of those songs on the Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. It's time now for the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events with highlights of live Theremin performances you can attend in the coming weeks. duet for Theremin and lap steel are on tour in the United States from September 5 through the 14th with stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. Mandarin electron hosts the Theremin 100 Japan project during The week of September 14, we will have details later in the show. Other Theremin soloists and bands on stage this month include Karolina Ike Lydia cabina, project momento, Charlie Draper and about Aphrodite featuring thereminist Gilda rosani. In October, Theremin music is featured in diaspora a science fiction stage show in Newport Victoria, Australia. The fourth international Theremin Academy will take place in Santiago, Chile. From October 9 through the 13th, and duo film Harmonia, I'll provide live accompaniment to the classic silent horror film the hands of orlok on Halloween night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. To get more details about these events and many more, follow the links on the calendar at Theremin thirty.com. I update the calendar every few days so check back up and if you would like your upcoming shows included on the calendar, just send me the information through the Theremin 30 website or Facebook page.

Rick Reid  11:16  
Our next thereminist feature will be performing live in Osaka, Japan on September 29 patron has recorded and performed live with several different bands in the Osaka area. Here she is in a duo called Wanda FA with acoustic guitarist Wataru say Joe and a song called salsa. According to Google Translate salsa means little

Rick Reid  16:09  
There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcast and we'll talk with composer Mario's Jono ellia about the Theremin 100 Japan project, so stay tuned.

Rick Reid  16:41  
Remember you can find links to all of the artists featured on this podcast at Theremin three zero.com. earlier in the show I mentioned matri omens, the handheld Theremin is built inside Russian nesting dolls, while the instruments can be mounted in other containers as well. Our next recording features they're demons that are mounted inside the bottles of a Japanese herbal liqueur called yo may issue. You'll be able to see the bottle if you watch the video on our Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. Here is metrium an ensemble model and a DA with Beethoven's Symphony number nine Boogie. Yeah You heard me right I said Boogie.

Rick Reid  20:19  
Of course throughout this year and into 2020 there are 100 anniversary celebrations of the Theremin all over the world. This month the biggest festivities are happening in Japan, Mandarin electron will host two days of Theremin concerts, and an attempt to set a new world record for the largest Theremin ensemble. To find out more about the Theremin 100 Japan project. I recently spoke with guest composer performer and spokesman for the event. Mario's Giovanna ellia he talked to me via Skype from his home in Cyprus. Welcome to the show. I

Marios Joannou Elia 20:53  
really appreciate you being on Theremin 30 to tell us about the Theremin 100 Japan project read thank you very much for the invitation. I am happy to spread with you the word because I strongly believe it is a project and a musical adventure which is worthy to be known internationally

Rick Reid  21:16  
tell our podcast listeners general overview of what the event is and why it got started.

Marios Joannou Elia  21:21  
And we are celebrating 100 years since the invention of terramin. I collaborated with his grant grants and Peter Theremin in a project I have implemented two years ago in Russian Vladivostok through this development, I was introduced to by Sammy Taguchi, the inventor of the Japanese is my dream now we are preparing something very special to celebrate 100 years of Theremin instrument in Japan. The project includes a couple of performances in two different cities in Japan. Is that right? We are going to be three concerts one in COVID the Kobe Art Center and the second one are the two Rumi buarque Cultural Center in Yokohama on the 17th and it will be repeated on the same day. And in both concerts, their daughter Natalia Theremin and the great grandson of Theremin Peter will also take part

Rick Reid  22:33  
you mentioned Masami his instrument the matri. Oh man, we

Marios Joannou Elia  22:37  
should probably explain what that is. Maybe it could be understood as a simplified Theremin. McLovin includes the mechanism of the Theremin insights and Matryoshka doll, and it's gaining immense popularity in Japan.

Rick Reid  22:53  
I understand you're composing music for it.

Marios Joannou Elia 22:55  
Yes, actually, it's the second time I write a piece for the macrobid ensemble. The first one was one year ago when I began to work on a project in Kyoto. And there I composed one piece called geisha for 30 bucks your main players and piano accompaniment, why 30 in this case, because this is the group that they are professional performance on the material mean, it is called us sample marble in that you also have present the concepts in Yokohama and Kobe on the 15th and 17th of September. This time, however, we go one step further, and the new piece will be for the largest multi domain ensemble ever came together. Previously, the Guinness world record for the largest methylamine and sample has been helped in 2013. Also from an initiative of Mandarin electronic Masami Taguchi, and he used to take part 272 materialists are bad players. So, this time is going to be around 300 to 310 and a half composed the new piece within the framework of this word, Guinness record. How do 300 musicians get together and perform a piece where you probably I imagine aren't going to have a lot of rehearsal time with all 300 people. Their preparation has already begun. In January. There are every week meetings and rehearsals in Hamamatsu in Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Yokohama, and of course Tokyo and all these groups we come together for the first time, one day before the Guinness record. And this is where the whole ensemble rehearses for the first time and this will be an all day evening rehearsal and then Next day, the Guinness world record attempt will take place in COVID. I wish I could be there to observe it and maybe even participate but not gonna make it over there.

Rick Reid  25:09  
Maybe the next time,

Marios Joannou Elia 25:11  
maybe that will be one time that the estimate will be so spread through the states so they record could be challenged, I knew.

Rick Reid  25:24  
It sounds like a great celebration for the 100th anniversary of the invention of the theorem and wish you luck in setting the new world record for the most airman's, played in one location at the same time. Thank

Marios Joannou Elia 25:37  
you very much for everything. Last but not least, allow me to say that all of these projects are an initiative of the Mandarin electron. They are Russian and Japanese Theremin schools.

Rick Reid  25:58  
The final song for this episode comes from the Nagano area. That's a live performance by the duo Tamaki how to Maha Roma Hiaasen featuring KMR ohyama on Theremin and sie Naka Nisha on bamboo percussion. This is k his own modern arrangement of 1000 year old song called Tory or an English bird.

Rick Reid  29:02  
That's all the time we have for this month. I want to thank all of the musicians who allowed me to play their music in this episode. Also a special thanks to Mario's Joanna ellia for visiting with us about the Theremin 100 Japan project. If you enjoy the Theremin, 30 podcast, please tell your friends about it. Theremin 30 has hundreds of listeners around the world, but I would much rather have 1000s of listeners coming up in the October episode of Theremin 30. I'm going to dig up some sci fi and horror themed recordings in commemoration of Halloween. If you have some spooky Theremin music you'd like me to play in the October show, please contact me through the website or the Theremin 30 Facebook page. Until then, I'm your host Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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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.

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*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

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TRANSCRIPT

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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 minutes of Theremin 30 news events an interview with a new episode about every 30 days now here's your host from Denver, Colorado.

Rick Reid  0:19  
USA Well hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music and Theremin events. In this August 2019 episode of Theremin 30, we'll teach you recordings from the USA, the UK and Germany all played with the permission of the artists. We'll take a look at the calendar of Theremin events. And we'll also hear the conclusion of my interview with Michelle Moga kusa, founder of the bob mug Foundation, and the new museum and Asheville North Carolina. Let's start off with some modern classical music from Austin, Texas. Here's thereminist alien Adler, accompanied by Katherine Davis at the piano

Rick Reid  5:45  
We started that set with Amy Adler and pianist Catherine Davis. Catherine wrote the song for a 2017 performance art exhibition called the illusory impressions project. Then we heard improvisation too from Atlanta based experimental artists do wet for Theremin and lap steel. duet is embarking on a concert tour very soon and I've got details in the Theremin 30 calendar of events. So let's do that right now. On the August calendar of Theremin events, Dr. G is touring the public libraries of Nova Scotia with his science focused concerts for kids. The new museum in Asheville, North Carolina celebrates Leon Theremin 's birthday and its own grand opening with three days of events from August 13 through the 15th. I'll have more details later in the show. in Montreal on August 23, and 24th Alex SHERMER teams with Gregoire blonk for an afternoon Theremin workshops and a concert premiere of a new work composed by Alec and among the September calendar highlights duet for Theremin and lap steel take their show on the road September 5 through the 14th with performances in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. In mid September, Mandarin electronic hosts several Theremin 100 Japan events, including an attempt to set a new Theremin world record to get more details on these events and many more follow the links on the calendar at Theremin thirty.com. Our next recording comes from the German industrial band Shrum featuring Robert Meyer on Theremin I only took one semester of German in college so I don't know exactly what these lyrics are saying. So if you happen to be more fluent in German than I am Be warned that I haven't screened this tract or any explicit or offensive language. I do know that the song was inspired by the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Robert tells me it's about how a love bombing can turn a healthy individual into a zombie. I just dig it for Roberts Theremin riffs. Here's Shrum with a track called electro Mont

Rick Reid  11:52  
you can see the official music video of electromech in the new Theremin 30 video playlist. There's a link on our website or just search for Theremin 30 on YouTube. There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcasts. And we'll play part two of my interview with Michel Moke kusa. So keep listening.

Rick Reid  12:20  
Remember, you can find links to all of the artists featured on this podcast at Theremin three zero.com right now I'm going to break my own rules. This next track does not feature a Theremin. Instead, Charlie Draper plays the owned martineau along with pianist Paul Jackson. This song is called fantasy for owned Martin oh and piano. It was written by French composer Pierre vai loan in 1930, but was never published. And fortunately for my podcast, it is lapsed into the public domain. This is believed to be the second musical composition ever written specifically for the owned Martin No. This live performance was recorded at the Theremin and owned Martin no workshop and recital held at Oxford University this past May

Rick Reid  17:51  
In the July episode of Theremin 30 I interviewed Michelle Moga kusa, the founder and executive director of the bob mo foundation. We talked about the mission of the foundation and about the cool Theremin exhibits at the new museum in Asheville, North Carolina. But we ran out of time. So let's play the rest of that interview now. What do you have lined up for the grand opening celebration?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 18:14  
We are still working on that. But I will let just your listeners know that we have secured a loan of the Moog prototype from the Henry Ford museum. And we will be featuring that and that herb Deutsch will be joining us for two different talks, listening parties and Q and A's and a dinner. And we are working on a couple other events as we speak. So people should check out our Facebook pages and sign up for E newsletters, and they will be able to get some updates then tell people how to find out about that information.

Rick Reid  18:47  
What is your website and Facebook page,

Michelle Moog-Koussa  18:50  
they can go to the Bob Moog Foundation website, which is Moog foundation.org. We've also started a magazine page, but we're still working on it, but they can always check it because it will be growing. And that's magium.org. That's m OGSEUM magium. And we also are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, both as the Bob Moog Foundation and the moseying

Rick Reid  19:14  
and kind of a personal question for you. What are the challenges and the rewards of doing this work about your father?

Michelle Moog-Koussa  19:21  
That's a great question. Let's start with the challenges. The challenges are that it's in a extraordinarily complex and diverse legacy and requiring a lot of attention to detail as far as fully understanding and communicating it. Another challenge would be that people mistakenly think that Bob Moke was a multimillionaire which he most certainly was not, and that he left us millions of dollars to do this work, which is not the case. So people think We're privately funded through that source, when the truth is that we're quite small in our financial resources, and we are donor driven. Another challenge is that people think that we are part of the company mode music, which is also not true. We're completely independent, promote music, and that tends to create its own set of confusion. So we are constantly messaging to people just letting them know that mode, music manufacturers, the instruments, but we are the ones carrying on Bob's legacy through the educational and archival preservation, I would say those are probably the three biggest challenges, the rewards, those are both too many to list. And unmeasurable, Bob's legacy is so rich in not just technology, history, education, but there's a very special spiritual component to his legacy and the way that he and his work, connect with other people and inspire them to do great things on their own. And to be able to witness that through this work has been one of the most rewarding things that's ever happened to me. So just being able to carry on the legacy and continue to help people understand it is quite an immense honor on my part.

Rick Reid  21:23  
That's an experience that I'm sure that very few people get to have with their parents, even though he's not with us anymore. It seems like the relationship you have with him is transformed by the work you're doing.

Michelle Moog-Koussa 21:36  
Yes, it is. And it's been very interesting for me to learn more and more about his professional history, which I knew very little about before I started this job, which was after his passing, because he never really talked about his work. So a lot of what I've learned has been through the work with the foundation. And there will be times when I'm reading about what's happening, often the challenges and you know, even some of the low points in his career, and thinking about what's going on in our family life at that point, maybe how he was, what his stress level was, what other things happened. And it all kind of clicks for me. And that goes for some of the, you know, the positives, as well as not just the hard stuff. But you know, he spent a lot of time away from home. And as a kid, that you interpret that one way, and it might make you feel a certain way about yourself, depending on what kind of kid you are. But the more I read about all these fantastic relationships that my dad had with musicians, how devoted he was to helping them express their craft, and how they were really his beacon, and how deeply inspired they were not only by his work, but by his humility and the ease in which they could connect with him. It really helped me understand and appreciate why he was gone so much because he was gone working with those musicians. And, you know, finally, I would say that running the bob Foundation has not always been an easy to ask. And just about everyone in my family and a few other people have at different points suggested that I give up because it was too hard. And I have said to them, you know how many times in your life you get a chance to do something like this. If you're lucky, you get one chance. So no, I'm not giving up.

Rick Reid  23:20  
While I have you here. Tell me about the documentary film project you're working on.

Michelle Moog-Koussa  23:26  
Electronic wager is a documentary that follows me tracing my dad's footsteps in order to help people understand him well beyond his iconic status. And we've been working on the project for a few years, we have done extensive filming all up and down the East Coast and in Europe, and the director has spent the last four or five months doing some really fascinating editing. And they are hoping to have the editing done by the end of the year, I know that they will be at the grand opening. And they will be doing some additional filming. And Nashville will be doing some voiceover work. And we will be doing an additional set of interviewing and traveling in California, and then the project will wrap up. So we're really excited about it. Because at this point, there are over 100 hours of interviews for the 90 minute documentary and I think it's going to be incredibly interesting and insightful in ways that no other piece of material about Bob mo has been before.

Rick Reid  24:31  
I understand electronic Voyager has been crowdfunded. Is it too late for someone to buy into it or to preorder a copy of the finished film?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 24:39  
I'm not sure but I do know that in the latest Indiegogo campaign they were in a phase that was called something like extended which means you could basically participate after the official deadline. So if any of your listeners are interested they can go to Indiegogo campaign and search electronic Voyager And see if those opportunities are still open. But electronic voyageurs also has a website and they can check there. I know that the crew was looking into accepting donations and there are other ways that people can help. And that help is always welcome because producing a documentary is not only a ton of work, but it requires a lot of finances. So any support there is greatly appreciated. Well, thank

Rick Reid  25:22  
you. I'm curious, are you a Theremin player?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 25:24  
I am not. But I would love to learn how to play the theorem. And if you're only a little bit

Rick Reid  25:30  
so when I I've been at it for 10 years.

Michelle Moog-Koussa  25:34  
Right? And then that's part of it. You know, it's a yes, I would love to learn how to play the Theremin. And I have respectfully not even tried yet because I understand the dedication that it takes. I am in admiration and all of all of the practicing therapists out there.

Rick Reid  25:53  
Well, it sounds like you've got work that you're dedicated to that benefits salt. There are minutes so we really appreciate all you're doing for the electronic music community.

Michelle Moog-Koussa 26:02  
Oh, thank you. Okay, appreciate that. It's my honor.

Rick Reid  26:04  
In the time since I recorded that interview with Michelle, the museum grand opening has been expanded from one day to three days, a full slate of performances, presentations, museum tours, and a banquet have been scheduled for August 13 through the 15th special guests include electronic musicians herb Deutsch, Patrick Moran, Lisa, Bella, Donna and Larry fast you can get all the details online@mobium.org or follow the link on our website. Coming up I'll tell you about next month special guest joining us all the way from Japan. Right now let's go to the UK. Here's B frequency with a brief ambient track called more Dante elephant Oh.

Rick Reid  28:52  
From croxley green England that was beat frequency who many of you may know as Gordon Charlton? I want to thank Gordon alien duet for Theremin and lap steel Robert and Charlie for allowing me to play their music on this podcast and a special thank you goes to my interview guest Michel Moog kusa next month I'm planning to visit with Mario's Giovanna ellia about the Theremin 100 Japan project and the planned attempt to set a new Theremin world record. Also, in this September episode, we'll play some of your original Theremin music, but only if you send it into me, so be sure to contact me through the website to get all the details. Of course, I want to remind you that August is Leon Theremin his birth month. His birthday falls on either August 15 or August 27 depending on which calendar you use. So I'm just going to celebrate for the full two weeks. I hope you do too. I'm your host, Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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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








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TRANSCRIPT

David Brower  00:04

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  00:19

Hello. Welcome to the July 2019 edition of Theremin 30, the monthly podcast all about theremins and the people who play them. In this month's episode, I've got music from a diverse group of artists who have all given me permission to play their recordings in the show. I'll tell you about some theremin-related events coming up soon. And I've got part one of a special two-part interview with Michelle Moog-Koussa, the founder and executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. She's going to tell us about the theremin-related exhibits at the new Moogseum in Asheville, North Carolina. Let's get things started now with a fun kind of Zappa-esque track from UK-based thereminist Matteo Ciminari. He tells me this song takes its name and inspiration from the Pimlico neighborhood in central London.

Rick Reid  05:57

Dorit Chrysler sent me that haunting track called "Schneeleichen." It's an excerpt from her music for the Austrian German TV mini-series M: A City Hunts a Murderer directed by David Schalko. It's a modern retelling of the 1931 Fritz Lang silent thriller M that started to Peter Lorre. And before that, you heard something a little more cheerful. That was "Pimlico" by Matteo Ciminari. As always, you can learn about all of the artists featured in this podcast by following the links at the website, Theremin30.com. Be sure to support your fellow thereminists by purchasing their music and attending their concerts. Speaking of concerts, the next couple of months offer lots of interesting shows workshops and festivals. Here are a few highlights from our calendar of theremin events. On July 10th, Shueh-Li Ong will be a guest performer at Sweetwater Music's Crescendo Cafe in Fort Wayne, Indiana, here in the States. On July 15th, Katica Illényi will be performing in Budapest. Also this month the Radio Science Orchestra will be performing Music Out of the Moon at the Blue Dot Festival, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. RSL are in great company. Both Kraftwerk and a New Order are on the bill at this festival. And it's the 10th anniversary of the Theremin Academy in Colmar, France. Carolina Eyck and Thierry Frenkel will be conducting the four-day workshop beginning July 18th. And Armen Ra will be performing at the Great Forgotten Garden Party on July 21st, in Yonkers, New York. You can find links to more information about these events and many more on the calendar of theremin events at Theremin30.com. Now let's go to school with Dr. G and the Astronomical Unit with their catchy and educational tune "What are Stars?"

Rick Reid  11:34

That was Dr. G and the Astronomical Unit from Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. G is a theremin-playing science geek who puts on educational shows for kids. You can see his music video for "What Are Stars?" by following the link in the show notes for this episode at Theremin30.com. And you can catch Dr. G live on tour at Nova Scotia Public Libraries, July 30th through August 13th. We'll be sure to put links to the shows on the Theremin 30 calendar. There's more to come on the Theremin 30 podcast including part one of my visit with Michelle Moog-Koussa, so stay tuned.

Rick Reid  12:42

Up next we have a live concert recording of James Bohn playing his own composition "Canaveral."

Rick Reid  18:01

My special guest this month is Michelle Moog-Koussa, founder and executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation in Asheville, North Carolina. Of course, Michelle's famous father, Dr. Robert Moog started his career making theremins with his dad in his basement, and thousands of thereminists around the world play instruments he designed. I visited with Michelle via Skype this past weekend. Michelle, thank you so much for being on the Theremin 30 podcast, we really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about events coming up at the Moogseum.

Michelle Moog-Koussa  18:32

You're welcome. It's great to be here, Rick.

Rick Reid  18:34

Set us up a little bit for people that are not familiar with your organization. What is the Bob Moog Foundation and what is its mission?

Michelle Moog-Koussa  18:41

Well, the Bob Moog Foundation was created to carry on Bob Moog's pioneering legacy. And the genesis of it really was the family and friends discovering what an incredible inspirational force Bob had been to thousands of people all over the world throughout his life and career. And the goal is to carry that inspiration forward. And so our mission is to inspire people through the intersection of science, music, and innovation. And we do that in three main ways. We have an educational project called Dr. Bob's Sound School where we teach little kids about the science of sound. We have a huge archive of material that we protect and preserve, and share with other museums and organizations and researchers. And we now have our own Moogseum where those two focuses of education and archive preservation converge.

Rick Reid  19:42

So the educational component of that, kids come to your facility for classes or is this something you take out into the community?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 19:49

Dr. Bob's Sound School is a 10-week curriculum. So it's not these kind of things that are a little bit more common where an organization will go into the school for a day, do presentations and lessons and then leave. This is a 10-week curriculum that meets state and national standards, but is highly experiential. And what we're doing is teaching little kids about the basic physics of sound. So in order to be able to reach the most amount of students, what we do is in the late fall or early winter of every year, we train second grade teachers in how to teach our curriculum. And then they go and teach the kids. And right now there are over a hundred teachers in our local area teaching Dr. Bob's Sound School to over 3,000 students.

Rick Reid  20:34

Is this something that will be carried outside of North Carolina eventually?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 20:37

So, we've always wanted to expand Dr. Bob's Sound School. One of the really special things about the curriculum is that it is making such a difference for kids in understanding the basic physics of sound, we're getting really wonderful feedback about it, that we want to be able to spread that to kids in other areas. But to do so we're-- we have to build our own educational tool. And I can't go into exactly what that is right yet until we get it done. But it's taking a while to accomplish. But after that educational tool is developed, we will be expanding nationwide. That has always been the goal.

Rick Reid  21:13

Now you also mentioned an archive. I don't know if most people would know what an archive is. So can you tell me more about what that is and what it contains?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 21:20

Oh, sure, the Bob Moog Foundation archive is a vast collection of historical materials that pertain to Bob Moog's legacy. And our archive includes over 2,500 schematics, prototypes, instruments, vintage catalogs, desktop notebooks, schematic notebooks, thousands of photographs, recordings, and the list kind of goes on from there. But that should give you a basic idea. And we have spent years and years restoring and preserving all of that, and much of that is being used right now in the Moogseum.

Rick Reid  22:01

And also you say that people use it for educational research?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 22:05

For books basically, just, for example, Albert Glinsky who is writing Bob's authorized biography has accessed the archive, and we've had other people who are doing research check in with us to verify history as it actually happened, and which is not always how it's reported.

Rick Reid  22:23

Now, the Moogseum which just opened a few weeks ago, you've got the grand opening coming up in August. Is that just about your father's legacy? Or does it go beyond the more general history of electronic music or musical instruments?

Michelle Moog-Koussa 22:38

There's a mix of both. Part of what we're trying to do in the museum is to present Bob Moog in the fullness of his life, not only as the icon. So there is a certain emphasis on helping people understand the ups and downs of his life and career and the richness of it. But at the same time, there is a - the Bob Moog timeline is even just a little bit smaller than our timeline of synthesis, which I was very committed to making sure that we included in the Moogseum. The timeline of synthesis celebrates 34 different developments in synthesis starting with a Telharmonium and ending with the Haken Continuum. And so, we're celebrating over a hundred years of innovation and synthesis. So there are two reasons. Two reasons that we decided to include this. One is because we are helping people understand Bob Moog's legacy and some of his work, but we wanted to make sure to put that work in context. There were so many people who were working on synthesis before him and so many who have worked on it after him. We wanted to make sure that people understood that. Also, Bob was a lecturer and student of electronic music history. And he felt very strongly that the so many other inventors who have been part of this synthesis spectrum should be recognized, understood, and honored. So we have made sure to do that at the Moogseum along with all the-- there are eight different exhibits and the two timelines are two of those.

Rick Reid  22:38

Well, of course, this podcast is focused on the theremin. Maybe some people don't know that Bob got his start in electronic musical instruments with the theremin. How's that represented in the Moogseum? 

Michelle Moog-Koussa  23:07

It is well-represented. Leon Theremin has a place of honor in the museum in that there's a whole exhibit, a rather large exhibit, dedicated to him, helping people understand who Leon Theremin was, what a theremin is, how it works, and what Bob's connection to Leon Theremin is. And within that exhibit of in which there are many photos of Leon Theremin, we have three of Bob's theremins: a rare R.A. Moog model 201 which was one of 20 of the first that he ever made before he even had a logo for his company in 1954 when he was 19 years old, a Melolodia which is his first transistorized theremin made in 1961, and serial number two of 50 of the 1998 Ethervox MIDI theremin. And the reason I'm giving providing that detail is because that development in theremin technology between 1954 and 1998 represents Bob's lifelong love and devotion to the theremin. This was a way for us to help people understand that despite everything that was happening in the realm of synthesis, everything else that he was working on, he really kept his love of the theremin alive.

Rick Reid  25:41

Did Bob and Leon ever get to meet? I can't recall.

Michelle Moog-Koussa  25:43

 They did. Bob and Leon met for the very first time in 1989 at the Bourges Electronic Music Festival in Bourges, France. And Dad and musicologist Olivia Mattis actually interviewed Leon Theremin for Keyboard magazine at that meeting. And then they met again in 1991 at Stanford Centennial. And some of your listeners will have seen photos from that because there were many electronic music luminaries there, including Leon Theremin.

Rick Reid  26:13

you've chosen to have your official grand opening of the museum on Leon's birthday. How did that come about?

Michelle Moog-Koussa  26:19

Well, we knew we wanted to have the grand opening in August and honoring Leon Theremin by having a grand opening on his birthday just seemed fitting. He is really the Genesis not only for Bob's career but for everything then that Bob inspired. So the museum is as much a celebration of Leon Theremin as it is of Bob Moog.

Rick Reid  26:45

Thank you for your time. I really enjoyed visiting with you and wish you great success with the Moogseum and all the other projects you're involved with as well.

Michelle Moog-Koussa  26:52

Same here, Rick. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Rick Reid  27:01

In the August episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, I'll play the rest of my interview with Michelle. She talks about the Moogseum grand opening events planned for Leon Theremin's birthday and the new documentary film about Bob Moog called Electronic Voyager. So to make sure you don't miss that one, subscribe to Theremin 30 wherever you get your podcasts. With the time we have left I'm going to play a portion of one of my own theremin recordings released under my stage name Phlogiston Theory. This is an experimental track I made with a Moog Theremini and a bunch of effects devices. It was inspired by audio recordings of the 2014 European Space Agency mission to land a space probe on a comet. This is called "Rosetta and Philae."

Rick Reid  28:56

Well, since this is my own song I figure it's okay for me to talk over it. I want to thank you so much for listening to the Theremin 30 podcast. At last count, we have listeners in 39 countries. But I want you to do more than just listen. If you have a recording of your own original theremin music that you'd like me to play on the show, please send it in. All genres are welcome and I only play music with the permission of the recording artists. So I need your participation to keep filling up the episodes with fun and interesting theremin music. Also please let me know whenever you will be playing theremin in public so I can add your event to our calendar. You can reach me through the message form on the Theremin 30 website Theremin30.com. And if you haven't checked out our Facebook page, you need to do that, too. I've posted lots of theremin photos and links to the latest theremin news articles. Well, that's all for this month. I'm Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51

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