[S04E03] July 2022 - Charlotte Dubois

 


In the July 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays theremin music from Germany, Iceland, Japan, France, and Australia. Rick interviews thereminist/pianist Charlotte Dubois about her new album Gamme de couleurs. 

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FEATURED MUSIC*

  • "What the Eye Doesn't See" - Donna Maya (Berlin, Germany)
  • "Enn og Aftur" - Hekla (Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • "Ombra mai fu" - Yoko Onishi (Zushi, Japan) 
  • "Peak Body" - Miles Brown (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
*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 GUEST

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS 

Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 


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TRANSCRIPT

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[S04E02] June 2022 - Mano Divina

 




In the June 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays theremin music from Germany, Spain, Colombia, and the USA. Rick interviews Mano Divina, the thereminist and musical director of The Divine Hand Ensemble, a chamber music group based in Philadelphia. For detailed show notes, visit theremin30.com.

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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 GUESTS

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS 

Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 


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TRANSCRIPT

This transcript was automatically generated using speech-to-text AI. It will contain some errors.

David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 minutes of Fairmined 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  0:18  
Hey, welcome to the June 2022 edition of Theremin 30. If you're a regular listener, thanks for coming back again. And if you're new to the podcast welcome. After you finish listening to this episode, check out the previous shows for some great music and interviews from around the world. This month I've got music from Germany, Spain, Colombia and the USA. And my special guest is thereminist mono Divina of the Philadelphia based chamber orchestra, the divine hand ensemble. He'll be sharing news about the Group's new album set for release on June 21. Let's get the music started now with a couple of European recording artists. First we'll hear the jazz rock trio about Aphrodite from the vicinity of Dortmund, Germany, and after that the tiki inspired lounge band lixada ghost from Madrid Spain. I'll tell you about both tracks after we give them a spin.

We started the show with a track called a future memories 2.0 A brand new release from about Aphrodite. The band features Gilda Rosani on Theremin and several other instruments Hans vining on keyboards and since and Jaime Moraga Vasquez on drums and percussion. They have just released a performance video to accompany that track. I've added it to the theorem and 30 playlist on YouTube. And you can see them live on stage in Bolcom, Germany on June 24. There's a link to ticket information in that Theremin 30 calendar. Then I played want you Lulu Louis featuring thereminist Javier Diaz Aina it's from the new exotic ghost album called Commando. The 10 song album continues the band's fun reimagining of tropical lounge music. It's available now on all the usual streaming and download sites including iTunes and Bandcamp luxotic goes tap concert slated for Allah Conte, Spain on June 10, Barcelona on June 17, and Valencia on June 18. Links are on that Theremin 30 calendar. Later in the show. I'll visit with mono Divina of the divine hand ensemble and I've got music from Amaan Rouge. Plus after this quick break, I'll take a look at upcoming events on the Theremin 30 calendar. So stay tuned.

It's time now for a look at the Theramin 30 calendar of Theremin events. On June 4 door at Chrysler will lead some free Theramin workshops in Washington DC and Dr. G will perform at nerds doc Fest in Montreal. Also the divine hand ensemble performs in the West Laurel cemetery in Philadelphia on June 5 or nesto Mendoza will be on stage in Mexico City. Ichiko will perform at meow wolf Denver for four nights in a row June 17. Through the 20th. Lydia Cavanagh continues her online workshops on most Sundays and Yoko Onishi hosts another RCA Theremini meeting on June 25. For details about these events and more, including the performances by about Aphrodite and luxotic ghost that I mentioned earlier in the show, check out the interactive calendar on Theramin thirty.com. If you have an event you'd like me to put on the calendar send me all the details through the website or social media. Now let's get back to the music with a song from Amman Rouge the music project Amanda Lucia Rodriguez of Bogota, Colombia. Since 2019, the singer songwriter has been recording and releasing parts of an epic and theatrical album project called the crow in the hat the third installment is almost ready for release and again features thereminist e theorem IQ also known as Eric sewist gun among the new tracks will be this recording on Rouge previously released as a single called Swain yo profundo or an English deep sleep.


Rick Reid  15:58  
That was soo ano profundo or deepsleep by Amman Rouge featuring thereminist e theorem IQ. You can hear more of their music on their Bandcamp page. And you can also find their recent music video for the song children of London on that Theremin 30 YouTube playlist. After this break, I'll visit with mono Divina of the divine hand ensemble and we'll preview music from their new album, Aria 51. So stick around.

The divine hand ensemble has been bringing their modern take on classical music to audiences around Philadelphia and beyond. Now they're about to release their very first studio album called Aria 51. I recently visited with their founder and thereminist mono Davina to learn more about the group, the album and the most unusual concert slated for June 4. Mono Divina, thank you so much for being on Theremin 30.

Mano Divina  17:02  
Thank you so much for having me. I'm looking forward to speaking with you. And this is such an awesome project that you have going on here.

Rick Reid  17:08  
Oh, thank you. Well, you've got a couple of awesome projects coming up. You have a new album coming out and a really cool concert at a cemetery in Pennsylvania. So I want to talk to you about both of those things. But first of all, tell me what is the divine hand ensemble,

Mano Divina 17:23  
the divine hand ensemble is a 11 piece, classical ensemble that functions like a rock band, and we're fronted by a thermos. We use the Thurman in lieu of vocals. So it's like a classical group doing ROCK COVERS with a Thurman singer.

Rick Reid  17:39  
What's the typical arrangement of instruments you have a certain number of cellos and so on. We have

Mano Divina  17:45  
cello to Viola three violin to concert harp vibraphone and marimba, accordion and Theremin.

Rick Reid  17:53  
Well, how many people in your group 11? Did you say,

Mano Divina  17:55  
regular members, and then we have an additional four or five members that come in and out depending on the material we're doing for the ship. With all the various places we play. Some shows might be all Mozart's some shows might be all movies, theme, to some shows might be all ROCK COVERS. So depending on the material we're playing is how many people have been to the stage with me,

Rick Reid  18:15  
who does your arrangements? Is that all you? Or is it a collaborative effort,

Mano Divina 18:19  
depending on the piece, I always go to my first arranger, John salmon, and have him do the arrangement. And then I have two other majors in the group that work outside of the project in case I want to monitor John's overloaded or anything like

Rick Reid  18:32  
that, where does the name of the group come from?

Mano Divina18:35  
My name, mono Divina is Italian for divine hand. And the other reason we use divine hand is some of the classical material in particular that we perform is meant to emotionally move the audience. So we try to pick all the pieces that a composer was kind of putting his hand up to God in order to praise a higher self or higher sense of consciousness in the musical world and reflected in a musical piece. So I mean, I love Mozart's Magic Flute. And as much as I think they're creative, the Knights house final term and we aim more for the more beautiful pieces so we go with divine and because we're trying to present divine music, and of course the Thurman is played just with your hands.

Rick Reid  19:15  
When I first heard of the group that made me think of the 1960s band founded here in Denver called Lothar and the hand people lo thar was the name of their Theremin. Yeah,

Mano Divina  19:25  
our classic amongst Theremin world. collectible items there a couple of albums are still considered influential today. Great Ideas super cool concept. And of course, you know, everybody who's determinist today should give props to lodestar for being the first person out there doing this. And we kind of do or not that we shout anything like that. But we kind of take that concept of putting the Thurman as the lead singer sometimes we do opera duets with a real singer. Oh, like the flower duet and Thurman does the operatic soprano part.

Rick Reid  19:56  
Your group has a relationship with the Laurel Hill Summit. Are you there in the Philadelphia area? How did that get started and tell us about the concert that you're going to be playing there in June. In our

Mano Divina  20:07  
town here in Philadelphia, we have wonderful venues to see classical music. However, they're expensive. Most of them started at $100 a seat. And there's just a lot of people in this town who love classical music, they just can't afford that. So we started to make it our mission to bring not just classical music, but an unusual classical ensemble fronted by Thurman to places that you wouldn't normally see a classical group perform and offer affordable ticket pricing our shows are 20 $25 each. And we play everywhere from churches to concert stages, to theatres to nightclubs, and we're always on the lookout for other unusual places to play. We got asked about 11 years ago, if we would consider performing in the middle of a cemetery. Because of all the styles and music we specialize in. One of them is funeral. funeral music is music that was written for the dead, getting back to the 1500s. Now there's a lot of misinformation out there about funerary music, but it was a legitimate art form where people would play legitimately with the dead. And we found this fascinating, and I got to petition the Vatican and get access to the nine interesting funerary pieces that they had in their archives and transcribed them and was able to bring them back to my group to play and we started to feature some funerary music and the cemetery contacted me one day and they said, We love your funeral Ray stuff. Would you ever consider doing a whole concert of it in the cemetery? That's right up our alley, of course. So we like Yeah. And while we're adding about a second quarter of that same evening, where we're doing more of a gothic theme for the audience like Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice and Danny Elfman stuff, they said, Yeah, let's give it a shot. And it was a huge success. So we go back every year, this I think is going to be our 12th year might be our 13th performing in the cemetery where the whole group sets up in the middle of the cemetery, we started at sunset, which is six o'clock. And we play until the sunset completely and light up a bunch of candles. And we do a two hour concert in the middle of graveyard that covers everything from the specials ghost town to legitimate funeral music to themes of people who are there, we've developed this relationship with them over a decade now. And when they do their phone, walking tour, this is a tour where you can walk through this graveyard, just a huge cemetery. And it's historically filled with really important people. And you can point your cell phone at a gravestone. And you get a narration of telling you who's buried there and some significant details about them, like you would in a museum, but it's for a cemetery. Great idea. We thought that was really cool. And turns out there are 13 composers buried in that cemetery, I believe nine of them are women. And they hired us to do the musical score behind the narration of each gravestone and we took it upon ourselves to actually perform the pieces written by the composer's that are very good. And that's a free download. The highlights of that score is available on our website, divine hand doc net. And of course, if you visit the local cemetery, you can get that app in their gift shop. And you can just put your phone in and gravestone and hear a little history of who's buried there. And maybe a piece or two of their composition, you have

Rick Reid  23:02  
a new album coming out. It's called Aria 51. Love the name. Tell me about that. And when can we hear it. It's

Mano Divina  23:10  
not just a new album, it is our debut album. So we've spent over a decade concentrating on performing live and sharing music with an audience, which is something as a group we're really into, we haven't liked the classical mentality of somebody up on stage, like they're in a glass cage and the audience is a million miles away in the dark applauding. We'd like a more rock and roll interaction show where you actually can communicate with the audience and share your music in a less divided kind of way. Over the years, we've been very competitive, just playing live, I shot our group to labels and classical people thought we were to rock and roll and rock and roll. People thought we were too classical. Of course, when the plague came in 2020 plague we lost 50 or 60 concerts, and we didn't have anything else to do. So I said, now would be a good time to go in and record our debut out. Let's make a record of some of our favorite show stopping pieces that go over well, and we'll put it out ourselves since record labels don't seem to get it. And at the same time, make sure it's a legitimate presentation of not just the band, but what a thorough minute. Theremin has a huge history of being a science fiction sound effects device. And then I realized in playing opera arias with it. So we thought the name was a perfect reflection of the amalgam of those two concepts. And hence we have REM 51 And it's being released on summer solstice 2022. I believe it is also the 75th anniversary of the UFO crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico, is 11 covers that range everywhere from RIMSKY KORSAKOV to the specials is somewhat of a concept record somewhat heavenly sci fi musical journey. Some space age, science fiction operatic fun for earthlings we're doing series to release parties from the summer solstice to the autumn equinox. Me We're from the planetarium, Franklin Institute to some concert stages like the Sellersville theater, a colonial theater. We're doing a concert by candlelight in a few churches. Oh this to celebrate our album and to reach a very wide audience. Well, thank

Rick Reid  25:13  
you so much for taking the time to visit with us. Thank

Mano Divina 25:16  
you so much for having me. I think anybody doing what you're doing is of great help. So thank you for all that you bring to the Theremin community.

Rick Reid  25:23  
The new RAF if you want to album comes out on June 21. But let's wrap up this episode with a sneak preview here is the divine hand ensemble with the title track ARIA 51.

And with that it's time to close this June 2022 edition of the Theremin 30 podcast. I want to thank about Aphrodite luxotic ghost on Rouge and the divine hand ensemble for allowing me to play their music and to mono Divina for being my interview guest. And last but not least Special thanks to the listeners who support the podcast with small one time and monthly donations. I really appreciate your generosity. I'm your host, Rick Reid. I'll see you again soon somewhere in the ether.

David Brower  29:49  
You've been listening to the Theramin 30 podcast visit Theremin 30 on the web at Theremin 30 dot com



[S04E01] May 2022 - Roy Palmer

 



In this season 4 premiere episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays theremin music from the USA and Canada. Rick's interview guest is Roy Palmer, founder of the Theremini People interest group on Facebook.

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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 GUESTS

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS 

Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 


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TRANSCRIPT

This transcript was automatically generated using speech-to-text AI. It will contain some errors.

David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 minutes of Fairmined 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 there. Welcome to episode number one of the fourth season of the Theremin 30 podcast. I started this project way back in April of 2019. And what a long strange trip it has been. If you're new to this show, I do urge you to go back and listen to some great music and interesting interviews with a wide range of artists and experts from across the Theremin community and around the world. And if you've been along for the ride since the beginning, thank you for hanging with me, I appreciate your loyalty and support. Technically, it's still the month of April as I published this episode, but I'm going to go ahead and call it the May 2022 edition of Theremin 30. I want to try to start putting out episodes a few days before the start of each month if at all possible. And I want to apologize for my voice this time around. It's not too mad today, but I'm actually in my last day of quarantine with COVID-19. Fortunately, I had four doses of the vaccine before I was exposed and the variant I caught hasn't been very rough on me so far. I think the worst of it's actually behind me, but I'm still a little rough around the edges. In this episode, I've got new music from fourth era ministers based right here in North America. But my interview guest joins me from the UK. Roy Palmer is the founder and administrator of the Theremini people interest group on facebook. We'll be visiting about that group and about some of the features and challenges of Moke music's very first digital Theramin. Now let's get into the music. In just a few minutes I'll play a new classical adaptation from Rob Schwimmer. But first let's spin some Theremin music with the twang to it. Canadian folk singer James Cullerton has a super fun album for kids out this year that's actually what it's called super fun and the current single features thereminist Keri Latimer from leaf rapids here's a tour through the solar system called Zoom Zoom.

Rick Reid  9:43  
We started that set with Zoom zoom by James Cullerton featuring Keri Latimer on Theramin because it's been flagged as intended for children I can't add the super fun youtube video for zoom zoom on the Theremin 30 playlist but I've shared a link to the video in this month shown notes. After that we heard LG composed by modest Mussorgsky in 1874. As part of his sunless song cycle, and reinterpreted by Rob Schwimmer. Just a few days ago, I've added Rob's music video for LG to the Theremin 30 playlist. Rob's an amazing musician on Theremin piano and Hockin continuum. If you ever get a chance to see him perform live I highly recommend that you do. He has a bunch of performances scheduled over the next few months so be sure to catch him if he comes to your town. I will highlight a couple of his upcoming shows on the Theremin 30 calendar after this next break. Also Voolva will soon release a new album called gravity is your friend and I've got an exclusive sneak preview. So stay tuned.


It's time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events. The final weekend in April has live shows around the world featuring Sarah rice, Rob Schwimmer about Aphrodite and Randy George on May seventh itchy Oh has a show here in Denver, Colorado. It's officially sold out but I understand there is a waiting list if you'd like to go tour while the Oregon center will be the featured thereminist for a live show called The Time Machine with four performances in grayguns, Austria on May 12 and 13th. On May 14, Rob Schwimmer performs at the Gilmore International Piano festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. May 23 Is Bob mugs birthday, he would have turned 88 this year on May 28. Robert Myers industrial Rock Band Schramm plays the hard metal festival in Vinton Burg Germany. Also on the 28th Yoko Ohnishi hosts or RCA Theremin evening live on YouTube. For more details about these events and more, check out the interactive calendar on Theremin thirty.com. And if you have an event you'd like me to put on the calendar, send me all the details through the website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And here's some breaking news. Moog Music has announced the release of a reimagined ether wave Theremin. The latest version features a mute switch a more manageable mic stand attachment and other improvements while retaining the best features of the ether wave plus including CB outputs for connecting to analog synthesizers. Greg Warren Blanc and the octopus project both have some demo recordings, and Ernesto Mendoza hosts a Spanish language video preview of the new features. I have media links in this episode's show notes at Theremin thirty.com vulva is the studio music project of multi-instrumentalist Raphael Marino, he'll release his second concept album gravity is your friend on May 6, with both digital release and a limited run of 100 vinyl copies made possible with the help of SGA ie the Society of Spanish authors and publishers. And I happen to make a cameo appearance on this album as the voice of a news anchor. Now here's an exclusive world premiere of my favorite track on the album that does not include me. This is Voolva with ether surf.

That was ether surf by Voolva, you can stream and purchase the full album gravity as your friends starting May 6. I wanted to publicly thank Raphael Marino for inviting me to be a small part of the album. It was fun to be involved in really quite an honor to be asked. Later in the show. I've got new music from Anna glyph and after this break, I'll talk about the mug Theremini with Roy Palmer, so stay tuned.

it's been more than eight years now since mulled music unveiled the mug there are many in the first mass-market digital Theremin there hasn't been much of a support community formed around the instrument, but one Theremin enthusiast in Nottingham England has set out to change that. Roy Palmer is the founder and administrator of the Theremini people interest group on Facebook that has quickly grown to more than 400 members. I visited with Roy a few days ago when my COVID voice was a bit worse than it is now. Roy Palmer thank you so much for being on the Theremin 30 podcast.

Roy Palmer  16:56  
Thanks for inviting me, it's a pleasure to be here.

Rick Reid  16:58  
You found it and lead a Facebook group called there are many people. So I wanted to find out how you got that group going and what it's all about. So listeners who play Theremini can find out about it and maybe get involved.

Roy Palmer 17:12  
And I'm no great musician. I was a sound engineer for the best part of 30 years. So I kind of frustrated musician always wanted to play something and then decided to pick one of the hardest musical instruments in the university way that I've built my ceremony a few years ago, I saw a ceremony in a music store. I'd seen a guy called Charlie Draper play and was so cool to do that. And then we have to be in a music store and there was a ceremony and I made some sounds we bought it not wanting to criticize Moke at all manuals only go so far. Had a couple of lessons. I was fortunate enough to meet Lydia cabinet and have a workshop with her. But I noticed over a period of time that a sport amongst Theremin players was Theremini bashing. Yeah, I thought well, this isn't fair. It's actually a pretty cool instrument and has some great sounds great potential. But unfortunately, it has a lot of complex menu structures with it. And so I took it upon myself to a get through those and find out how to get it to work and do what I wanted it to do. And then I thought well hang on a minute. There isn't a lot of help and resources out there. They didn't seem to be any Facebook pages, couple of useful videos. So I thought well, I'll have a go. I'll start a Facebook group. And it started to grow really quickly. And I was absolutely stunned. Just over a year. Now it's been going probably year and a half. I've just hit 422 members. But what was also really nice was because I've been persevering and finding out how to make it work. And the cabinet invited me very kindly and I was just totally stunned at this to do an hour long workshop on the ceremony as part of her Theramin Academy. And that's kind of like a football or meeting Pele. Somebody meeting Freddie Mercury, the world's most amazing Theremin player invited me to be part of her Academy. It took me a few days to say yes, because I was terrified. And so what I did was kind of went back to the point I was at when I first got it, knowing nothing and going through everything from literally putting the aerial in it to stick it on a mic to making noises and so on. And the point behind it was to just help people.

Rick Reid  19:25  
I remember when I got my Theremini and I love the sound, but I was so irritated with the mic stand Jack and it just baffled me that an American company would sell a Theremin with a European mic stand Jack and not include the adapter.

Roy Palmer  19:40  
It is a bit like that. It has some wonderful bits. So that's a very frustrating bit. And this is the reason behind the group is to say hey, I'm over here, I can help you because there's weird stuff. The antenna thing it has this little hole in the top and you push the antenna and that was the first thing I got wrong was not pushing the antenna up All the way in and it just made the weirdest crazy set.

Rick Reid  20:02  
I did the same thing.

Roy Palmer  20:04  
I think we all eat HCA, it's one of those, you know, get it out of the way quick. On the ceremony, there are 32 presets. And when you rotate the preset control, each preset loads with each preset loads with some kind of weird scale that if you're not, I've used a musician type person you would go, what's it doing? And they'd be Ionian and something else. And so then how, you know, to me, I'm kind of like, you know, certain music Deray me far. So Latino, that's it. So dug into menus, found out how to do that, then this thing, which was discovered, and he's amongst all thirimanne, he's now this thing called Theremin mode, you see people tune at a Theramin. So that they can play a certain number of notes from their shoulder to the antenna, carrier mini mode, makes it behave like that. But it takes a bit of finding it in the menus, and then the menus, you couldn't go backward, found that out. Being of a sound engineering background, I have a bit of a logical brain as I persevere and I stick at finding out what goes on behind the menus. And so I'm hoping that the resource is useful to people and that it helps them get the most from it. And so that when somebody says, Oh, it's not a Theremin, I can say, well, it is and it makes some great noises.

Rick Reid  21:18  
Yeah, I remember when I first got mine, having some of the frustrations that we've just described, the problem was me, I couldn't figure it out through the instructions or through intuition or whatever. And I had a prejudice of what it should be like because of my previous experience with analog Theremin. And this is a digital Theremin, it's a different thing. And so you can expect it to behave the way the analog Theremin 's work. But I didn't have anyone to talk to about it. If there's an issue that I can't figure out. And I know that other people are having the same problem that helps me between the different ideas in the group, somebody is going to come up with the workaround or the solution to the problem.

Roy Palmer  21:58  
The bed the jewelry now all sharing ideas, it got to a point now where all I did is I just took a bit of content. And I've got people share ideas and other people's questions. And then every now and again, I run a chat group does no more people just get together. But it's just again a chance for people who've got a ceremony to talk about their own experiences, ask questions, maybe even play something. It's not about the the best musician you can be. There's no competitive nature to this group at all. It's about a group of people who have a thorough mini want to get on with it want to make the most of it and meet other people. I mean, you know, bizarre, I now have a you know, an international fan base, which I'd never dreamed I would ever have. And you've

Rick Reid  22:39  
also been brave enough to go ask questions from the experts. You've been in contact with our mutual friend door at Chrysler, who's probably the leading proponent of the Theremini. And you've also contacted Mogae a few times to get specific answers to questions.

Roy Palmer  22:54  
Daria, of course, and Lydia both appear on the blog site playing Sarah minis. And they were both kind enough to be guests on one of the chats and direct make some amazing sounds with her Theremini and has actually played it at CERN, that hadron collider underground. Wow, what a gig that was. And she just gave tips and advice took you through just the basics of calibration, you have to kind of tune in to the room you're in your body is part of the instrument, even though you don't touch it, you are in this electromagnetic field or whatever you want to call it. And it's just a case of taking your time calibrating it so that when you move, you get some sounds that you can control. And Moog have been very helpful. They recently let me know about an update to the Thera mini editor, which is a whole new ballgame. And there's a whole load of stuff about the Thera mini editor on the Facebook group too. Because the other thing that is on the site too is you can create your own sounds with a ceremony. And people have been sharing their presets, we had a group meeting a while back where we were trying to create a cello like sound and a couple of people came up with possible presets. They're on the Facebook page. All the manuals are on the Facebook page, how to find the manuals in the editor had to get the most out of the editor because if you combine the editor and the ceremony, suddenly, you've got kind of 64 presets available at any one time. Or you can create your own said it was all about recognizing the instrument as a musical instrument anytime, right? giving other people the opportunity to learn from my mistakes, but also share their own info.

Rick Reid  24:42  
There's probably 1000s of there are many owners out there right now. And it seems like a lot of people are still buying them because it's one of the least expensive most accessible mass produced Theremin on the market.

Roy Palmer  24:54  
It's particularly interesting that even now that Moga brought out the Clara box which is why compact Our son walk for five times the price of a therapy ceremony is still there on their site available for sale.

Rick Reid  25:06  
Well, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us today. And be sure to let me know of any of your future chat sessions and I'll put them on our calendar.

Roy Palmer  25:14  
I think you're doing an amazing thing yourself that people can go along here ceremony players. Yes, Theremin play players. Thurman music is one of the oldest electronic musical instruments around and it is such a beautiful quality of sound and such an expressive instrument that is great see people getting involved in listening to it. So thanks for inviting me.

Rick Reid  25:33  
If you have an interest in the moment there are many whether you own one of the instruments or not. You're welcome to join Roy's group. Just search for there are many people on Facebook. I also have a link in this episode's show notes at Theremin thirty.com Now let's finish this episode with the lovely new single from Anna glyph. The song is about imposter syndrome something that I think most of us have experienced in our musical pursuits. The track features a mug Clara Vox a MOBA grandmother's synthesizer and some Eurorack synth gear here is Anna glyph with imposters.

That was Anna glyph with a track called imposters. Check out the charming and kind of haunting stop motion video for that song on the Theremin YouTube playlist. And with that it's time to wrap up this season premiere episode of the Theremin 30 podcast thanks to James Cullerton and Carrie Latimer, Rob Schwimmer, vulva and Anna glyph for allowing me to play their music in the show. Please support them by purchasing music downloads, attending their performances and following them on social media. And special thanks to Roy Palmer for telling us all about that there are many people on Facebook. And as always, thanks to the listeners who support this podcast with one time and monthly donations. If you enjoy it, Theremin 30 Please tell your friends about it. And if you have original music to share, tell me about it. You can reach me through the website or social media. I'm your host Rick Reid. I'll see you again soon somewhere in the ether.

David Brower  29:50  
You've been listening to the Theramin 30 podcast visit Theremin 30 on the web at Theremin 30 dot com

March 2022 - Aleks Schürmer and Grégoire Blanc

 


The March 2022 episode of Theremin 30 features performances by women thereminists from the Netherlands, the USA, Japan, and England. Rick Reid's interview guests are Aleks Schürmer and Grégoire Blanc. They have a new chamber music album called À ses derniers pas, entrant dans la boue. 

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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 GUESTS

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS 

Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 


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TRANSCRIPT

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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 30, 30 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 there. Welcome to the final episode of year three of the Theremin 30 podcast. This is the 33rd episode in the series and if you're new to the show, I encourage you to start back at the beginning and listen to my interviews with some of the most influential people in the Theremin community and some really great music from around the world. March is Women's History Month. International Women's Day was March 8 and Clara Rockmore His birthday was March 9. So in this episode, I've gotten Music featuring four outstanding women who played Theremin Miss Therie, Victoria Lundy, Yoko Onishi, and Lydia Kavina. My special guests this month are Alex Shermer and Gregoire blanc will be chatting about their new contemporary classical album release with the title I will never be able to pronounce. Let's jump right into the music now with a twofer of music inspired by science fiction and horror. First up it's a brand new track from probe nation featuring Miss Therie, then Victoria Lundy serenade some creatures of the night let you know more about both recordings on the other side. 

We started the show with invasion the title track of the new sci fi inspired EP from probe nation. The band features Ronnie Wilson from Surrey, England on vocals and most of the instruments plus some terrific Theremin work by Dutch thereminist Miss Therie you may also know her as Ana Magda, de Geus. I've been practicing her last name all day and I still don't think I said it right. After that we heard from Victoria Lundy, who hails from right here in Denver, Colorado, USA. With her tracker called bats come out at night. She recorded it for a streaming gig last Halloween but I didn't want to wait until the next Halloween to share it with you. Be sure to check out the music video for that track on the Theremin 30 YouTube playlist. And for more information about all the artists featured in this episode, click on their names in this month's show notes at Theremin thirty.com Coming up after the break, I've got the calendar of Theremin events plus a very very old song performed by Yoko Ohnishi. So stay tuned

It's time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events on March 23. Dorit Chrysler will perform live at the Fridman Gallery in New York City. On March 26, about Aphrodite has a gig in Dortmund, Germany at the Industrial Museum. On April 1, both tour Wald Jorgensen and Greta Pistaceci will perform at the fundraiser events to support humanitarian aid in Ukraine. On April 9, Karolina Aiko hosts an online masterclass, and on April 16, electric travelers take the stage at gallery zing and Kobe City, Japan for an evening of electro-pop music. For more details about these events and a whole lot more, check out the interactive calendar on Theramin thirty.com. And if you have an event you'd like me to put on the calendar, send me all the details through the website to Twitter or Facebook. I also want to take a moment now to share a couple of recent news items with you. Masami taki Yuichi inventor of the matter Yeoman handheld Theremin has a new book out called Theremin and I search for the shapeless sound. It includes some autobiographical content about his life and career over the last 25 years. Now, I would love to have Masami as a guest on the podcast but I need to find an interpreter who's fluent in both English and Japanese. If you know someone who can help me out, please contact me through the website or social media. I also want to recognize Xiao Xiao Mei interview guest in the August 2021 episode, she and her research colleagues in Paris just took second place in the annual Guthman musical instrument competition with their singing Theremin. Yoko Onishi recently sent me her 2017 CD called all Theramin and I've been listening to it in my car every day lately. This is one of my favorite tracks from the album, a 600-year-old Korean folk song called Arirang which loosely translates to English as my beloved One.

That was Arirang performed by Yoko Ohnishi. She hosts the RCA Theremin evening live stream on YouTube the fourth weekend of each month. Click the link in that Theremin 30 calendar for details. After the break, Alex Shermer and Gregoire blanc will visit with me about their new album, and later in the show play some experimental improvisation featuring Lydia Kavina. So stick around

back in August of 2019, Canadian pianist-composer Alex Shermer, and French thereminist Gregoire blanc premiered a new chamber music work at a concert in Montreal. Those compositions have now been rearranged for a new album. I recently had a chance to speak with the artists about it. Alex and Gregoire. Thank you so much for being on the Theremin 30 podcast.

Aleks Schurmer  16:19  
Hey, thanks for having us. 

Gregoire Blanc  16:20  
Hello, Rick. Thank you.

Rick Reid  16:21  
I invited you to the show because you have a new album out is wonderful, modern classical music. How did you two get together? You're not even on the same continent.

Aleks Schurmer  16:31  
We were for a brief period of time.

Yeah, exactly. It was during my studies. After mechanical engineering. I went to study acoustics and yet final year study program in Montreal, Canada. And that's where I met Alex. I think it was just a random message on Instagram. It told me that okay, so you can hear it could be great to meet and try to collaborate and we decided to work on a concert program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Theremin at the time. And it led to a great concert with Theremin strings and cello.

Rick Reid  17:10  
There are so few Theremin players or Theremin enthusiasts in the world. And we find each other

Aleks Schurmer  17:16  
other than Gregoire, I had never met another thereminist. In real life. I've got some salmon students, but this was the remains. The only other interaction I've had in real life with another diamond player.

Rick Reid  17:28  
How did you go about preparing for this concert? Was the music written before you met Gregoire?

Aleks Schurmer  17:33  
Some of the music existed more or less in the form that it was heard, maybe for other instruments. You know, there's some pieces that I quite loosely adapted from bassoon, but there wasn't that much that I had to be changed. Now some of the pieces existed, perhaps only more conceptually.

Rick Reid  17:49  
How did you get from the concert to the new album? It's been, what? Two and a half years? 

Aleks Schurmer  17:55  
Yeah, so this probably would have happened a little bit more quickly. But I don't recall something major has happened over the last couple of years that has prevented some of these things, whatever that was, yeah. What was it. So once you've got funding to be able to record this, then it was sort of quite difficult to figure out how to record it we had done on Greg, whereas YouTube channel, a sort of live performance of the entire concert, you know, and that day was the day the world sort of fell apart. So we all got there thinking we weren't totally sure what was going to happen anymore. And Gregor had to be out of the country less than 24 hours later for fear that he would not be able to get back into France.

Rick Reid  18:33  
And you'd be stuck with him for who knows how long? Yeah, that would have been terrible.

Aleks Schurmer  18:38  
We would have made a couple more bumps perhaps. But, but you know, that happened. And then the next part was trying to think, How can we do this? Because the concert was with strings, and we ended up having to record all of this remotely. So I rearranged the string music for two pianos. And I had just played both counterparts,

Rick Reid  18:59  
Gregoire did Alex send you the piano parts, and then you recorded your part of each of these tracks by themselves.

Aleks Schurmer  19:06  
I think it wouldn't have been possible if we didn't meet before. And to practice this music together, that we already played this music and we knew what we wanted to express how we wanted it to go. The first step was at extending the scores, and then some general recordings. And I started recordings. And there were very few occurrences where I wanted for instance, more space for your battle. Some slower tempo sometimes or you know, softer dynamics from the piano or vice versa. And we did some kind of ping pong about adjusting these kind of recordings so that I could fit my playing in.

People make pop albums all the time remotely, but this was a little bit more challenging. This is music that is supposed to feel somewhat alive. I just beat mapped every note so that When we were working remotely, we'd be able to, you know, say, Gregoire comes in a bit sooner, but I think it makes more sense well, then, you know, I can contract the time in my part, so that these parts fit together or vice versa. So it still ended up being a collaborative effort rather than just like Gregoire playing along to like a karaoke track,

I think we tend to be quite happy with the results. It's sounds hopefully, as natural as possible.

The engineer Chris Johns, he's Juno winning engineer and producer, his main thing is recording the Montreal symphony, you know, doing things like that. But he also has had a lot of recent experiences recording a lot of Ondists in Montreal. So I think he already had quite a bit of experience understanding what this would sound like or how we could do this. Now I'm

Rick Reid  20:49  
curious Gregoire. How is it to work with a composer who also plays Theremin? Did that create any tension about how to go about playing your parts?

Gregoire Blanc  20:59  
Actually, it's very interesting because Alex is aware of the latest playable and notes. He took the challenge to put some things that were absolutely not deterministic sometimes. But that's part of the game to try to do what you can and show some limitations of the instrument.

Rick Reid  21:17  
He does not go easy on you. Alex wrote some really complicated parts

Aleks Schurmer  21:20  
for you. The only person to blame for its difficulty is Craig Wright himself. You know, some of the things we don't consider monistic perusing Mr. blouse, YouTube channel, you will find lots of things that you think oh, that seems like something that you could not do. Then the idea became well, how much stuff like this can we try to do this? Herman has always that sad ghost in the background, languorously Singing whole notes tied to other whole notes, I thought there must be a way to get a totally new view on what the sermon could be.

Rick Reid  21:57  
There's 14 tracks altogether, but it's really five different cohesive works

Gregoire Blanc  22:02  
There are like different atmospheres, throughout the album. Generic is like an opening credits to show off a bit, the global taste of the album. Then there is the whole set, you know, which is more Symphonic thing for two pianos and Theremin. Then we have to cowboy songs which are more minimalistic, with just theremin and piano, then we have to ask the best tricks, which once again is more orchestra. Because the strings were really, really important here. And we made the choice to use some Haken continuum to bring some texture and to replace some of the string harmonies. And we conclude with just the theremin and continuum. So that's a completely different mood,

Rick Reid  23:06  
Gregoire. I haven't said the name of the album yet, because I don't pronounce French properly. So could you help us out on what that title of the album is and what it means to you.

Gregoire Blanc  23:17  
Data is actually on your path called Hope by boo. Which means basically to is last steps, entering into some mud. So to say,

Rick Reid  23:30  
Google says something like his last step, stepping into the mud. That's pretty close.

Aleks Schurmer  23:36  
The idea was, this was the Neil Armstrong moon landing, quote. It's just a lot less optimistic that these are the final gasping breaths of humanity before we slink back into the muck that we came from. 

Rick Reid  23:50  
Ah,

Gregoire Blanc  23:52  
that's the crazy way Alex likes to name things.

Rick Reid  23:56  
So that explains the album cover it looks like molten lava.

Aleks Schurmer  24:00  
Exactly. You know, there's that scene and Fantasia who killed the dinosaurs. That's us.

Rick Reid  24:05  
Well, this album is available on Bandcamp. And you can listen to it for free, which is really cool. Or you can buy the download and support the artists which I encourage our listeners to do and you can also order a CD a limited edition CD. Tell me about that , Gregoire.

Gregoire Blanc  24:20  
Well, you don't really know because I haven't seen the physical products yet.

Aleks Schurmer  24:25  
They have somewhere in transit.

Gregoire Blanc  24:29  
Yeah, 

Rick Reid  24:30  
okay. 

Gregoire Blanc  24:31  
But yeah, well

Rick Reid  24:32  
then Aleks, you tell me.

Gregoire Blanc  24:36  
So it's a global release. It's available everywhere. So on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and this CD physical release.

Aleks Schurmer  24:45  
If people want to buy it, they should buy it through the Canadian Music Centre website or through my website.

Rick Reid  24:52  
Thank you for being on the show and for sharing your music. I wish you much success with it. Sell a lot of CDs and hopefully, we'll get to see it on stage again soon.

Aleks Schurmer  24:59  
Thanks. Thank you.

Unknown Speaker  25:01  
That's wonderful. And thank you again for this incredible work that you're doing. 

Aleks Schurmer  25:05  
Indeed 

Unknown Speaker  25:05  
really, you can be proud

Rick Reid  25:07  
to listen to the entire album from Alex Shermer and Gregoire Blanc, click on the link in this month's show notes at Theremin thirty.com. Now let's finish this episode was some avant-garde improvisation featuring Lydia Kavina on Theramin Rick Jensen on saxophone and Misha Mox Salnikov on just about everything else. This is an excerpt of a live performance recorded onstage at Iklectik in London back in 2019.

That was an improvisation featuring Lydia Kavina, Rick Jensen, and Misha Mox Salnikov. If you'd like to hear the entire performance, Misha Moxa Salma cough has a free download available on his Bandcamp page, click his name in this month's show notes. And that's all the time we have for this episode. I want to thank all of the artists who share their music with us. My guests Aleks Schurmer and Gregoire Blanc and the listeners who support the show with small monthly donations. Our next episode will be the beginning of year four of the Theremin 30 podcast. Thank you for everyone who supported the show along the way. We'll see you next time.

David Brower  29:48  
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February 2022 - Eric Wallin

  


In the February 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays music from Australia, the USA, England, and Germany. Rick's interview guests is Eric Wallin, designer of the D-Lev digital theremin.

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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 GUEST

CALENDAR OF THEREMIN EVENTS

MEDIA LINKS

CONTACT

CREDITS 

Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 


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TRANSCRIPT

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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 30, 30 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  0:18  
Hey, welcome to the Theremin 30 podcast for the month of February 2022. I wasn't able to get an episode together in January because of time commitments to other projects, but I'm hoping to get back into a rhythm for the rest of this year and put out an episode every month. You can help me by letting me know about new theorem and music I can play on the show and about their main events. I can list on the theremin 30 calendar. Also, let me know people you'd like me to interview. You can write to me through the website, Facebook or Twitter. In this episode, I have new music to share with you from Myles Brown, Marla Goodman, Kevin Senate and for the first time in this series, Carolina Ike. And my special guest is Eric Wallen, designer of the D lab digital Theremin it's an instrument that takes a whole new approach to the technology of space controlled music. Let's get the music started right now with something you don't often hear on this podcast a song with vocals from Australian singer Grace Cummings off her new album storm queen here is a track called fly a kite featuring thereminist Myles brown.

We started the show with fly a kite by Grace Cummings featuring Myles brown on theremin it's from Grace's new storm Queen album. After that we heard an arrangement of the traditional American folk song Shannon Doha, performed by Montana USA-based multi-instrumentalist Marla Goodman. on that track, Marla played the Moga, Clara Vox Theremin, a rocky mountain dulcimer and a ukulele She says she was inspired to record the song by a boy named Charlie who uses his Instagram account. To raise awareness about type one diabetes. Marla posted a video performance to YouTube and you can find it on the Theremin 30 YouTube playlist. After the break, I'll take a look at upcoming events on the Theremin 30 calendar and to play new music from Kevin Senate. And later in the show. I'll visit with V lab designer Eric Wallen, so stay tuned

we take some time out of every podcast episode to look at the Theremin 30 calendar there amid events on February 26 Charlie Hobbs and Coralie Ehinger will present a combined workshop in concert in Fribourg, Switzerland. Also on the 26th Yoko Ohnishi hosts her monthly RCA Theremin evening on YouTube. Lydia Cavanagh continues her online workshops on most Sundays, February 28 marks the 94th anniversary of the granting of the US patent for the Theremin to Professor Leon Theremin. And March 9 is the 111th anniversary of Clara Rockmore his birth. For details about these events and more, check out the interactive calendar on Theremin thirty.com. And if you have an event you'd like me to put on the calendar, send me all the details through the website, Twitter or Facebook. Liverpool, England-based recording artist Kevin Senate has a new album out called the king and queen of the graveyard. Kevin describes it as an imagined ballet documenting 24 hours in the life of a local cemetery. Here's a track from the album called skeletons dancing on our graves

That was skeletons dancing on our graves by Kevin Senate. You can find Kevin's new album The king and queen of the graveyard on Spotify, Amazon music and all the other usual places. Click on his name and this month show notes for a link to more details on his website. I've got new music from Carolina Eyck coming up later. And right after this break, I'll visit with electronics engineer and instrument designer Eric Wallen about his new D-Lev digital Theremin. So stick around.

A few of my friends around the world have been lucky enough to be among the first musicians to get the new D-Lev digital Theremin. It's an instrument that takes a technological approach to their music much different than any other instrument I've seen. A few weeks ago, I visited with Eric Wallen, designer of the D live from his home in New Jersey. Thank you for being on the Theremin 30 podcast.

Eric Wallin  17:06  
Thank you for having me on.

Rick Reid  17:07  
The reason I got you on the show is I wanted to hear about your instrument called the D lab. Some of my friends have some of your instruments.

Eric Wallin  17:18  
Yes, I a 10 kit so far and launched him into space. D lab is entirely based on FPGA technology. an FPGA is a field-programmable gate array.

Rick Reid  17:31  
Field-Programmable Gate Array.

Eric Wallin  17:34  
Yes. What it is is like a sea of logic with a fabric of switches that are interconnected using a high level description language.

Rick Reid  17:42  
I think what you said, because I'm not an electronic engineer, is it's a computer that replaces traditional electronics.

Eric Wallin  17:49  
It's generic logic replaces specific logic. Generally, you program this generic logic to do specific things. 

Rick Reid  17:57  
How did you get started on the project? And what progress have you made so far?

Eric Wallin  18:01  
I worked in telecom for 12 years, but I've always wanted to design and work in the electronic music field. And when I left my job, I wanted to develop a sound synthesizer. And I wanted to work on a custom processor. And I thought, well, you know, let me work on a theorem. And how hard could that be? It seems like all Theremin designers go down the same path. You know, it seems easy. But then there's a lot of nuance to the project started with the design of the digital oscillators that that set up the pitch and volume fields. And it uses phase-lock techniques to maintain the resonance and high voltage on the antennas. And then after that, I moved on to the synthesizer portion of the project. focus mainly on human vocals, but it turns out the same topology into things like strings, clarinets, whistles, saws, bells, airplanes, things like that. It's kind of fun. But human vocals are really where

Rick Reid  19:08  
you say you have 10 instruments built. What's the response been so far for the people have those instruments, they're

Eric Wallin  19:13  
not in the field at the moment, and the response has been positive. I think many are still grappling with the ergonomics and mechanics of making a permanent enclosure for it.

Rick Reid  19:25  
What did these things look like? And I know the antennas are different than traditional Theremin when it comes

Eric Wallin  19:31  
mounted on a piece of corrugated plastic, the control panel, the tuner, and there are two boxes, one for the pitch side and one for the volume side. And inside the box is a coil. And so what's in the kit is two temporary Layton antennas, and I try to push plates because they make a lot of sense for digital Theremin. There really hasn't been much pushback I expect to do much more. Most people seem pretty fine with it.

Rick Reid  19:56  
With the pitch antenna does the player move their hand up and down?

Eric Wallin  20:00  
The beauty of the kit is you can set it up however you want, it gets me out of building a case, it makes shipping much lighter. And then lets the owners make their own dream sort of instrument.

Rick Reid  20:12  
I've seen some really beautiful cabinets so far.

Eric Wallin  20:15  
One is in a Bolla wine box. Another person I think is using one box to work out pretty well. You can leave it in the cardboard box forever and still play it.

Rick Reid  20:26  
What makes it different than traditional Theremin? If there is such a thing as a traditional theremin, because I've changed so much over the years.

Eric Wallin  20:33  
the D-Lev is a real therapy in the sense that the player interacts with to capacity fields. But the sound generation is the DSP, a digital signal processing music synthesizer. And that's not anything new. I mean, the open Theremin does that the ether box from a long time ago that Bob Moke designed it down the Theremini does that the Clara box does that in modern mode. But when you decouple the audio generation from the fields, you know, when you don't heterodyne like most analog terms do, you can linearize the field mathematically, you can size it, you can locate it, you have a lot of control over the shape and location of the field. And I think that's probably the biggest accomplishment in the DLF. But I've also got very responsive pitch-and-volume LED tuner display of a very natural sounding pitch correction. It has an organic modal synthesis engine and a sophisticated pitch preview.

Rick Reid  21:29  
Can you create your own patches and save them as presets?

Eric Wallin  21:33  
Yes, you can. There are100 slots that you can save to and then there's 99 slots that are sort of factory slots that are read-only but you can put whatever you want in those slots to with the editor. Now did

Rick Reid  21:43  
you come up with all of those presets yourself? Or do you have other musicians helping you with that?

Eric Wallin  21:47  
A came up with the vast majority of them myself. I had one other personal working with me. Roger has worked with me on the project extensively for several years and he came up with a beautiful female Patsy Cline kind of voice. I use it all the time. I've lowered the formants in terms of gender like tenor and it's also very expressive.

Rick Reid  22:16  
You've been working on this years and years, haven't you? Because I think you started talking about it on the Theremin world bulletin board quite a while ago. Yeah, like about 10 years ago, I must be exciting to be this close to finished, or are you finished?

Eric Wallin  22:30  
It's hard to say. I mean, yes, it's in a state that it can be distributed. But it could be cost reduced. And it could have things like reverb added to it that I'd like to do. And maybe now with the supply interruptions, oh, I'll have more time to do further engineering work on

Rick Reid  22:47  
it. I've never invented anything to be this far along with such a cool instrument. I mean, is it really for a thrill or

Eric Wallin  22:56  
it's interesting to have a really big project because when you maybe hit a dead end, doing one thing, you can do something entirely different. You can work on the manual or you can work on some other aspect of the design. There's just always something to do. And then when you release it, there's the social aspects of releasing it had been very, very interesting, very rewarding. Everybody that's contacted me everybody that's bottling has been uniformly very kind, very earnest. So it's been wonderful getting to know people through the project.

Rick Reid  23:28  
So is your plan to have these commercially available for sale? You know,

Eric Wallin  23:32  
I'm kind of playing it by ear right now. Right now, it's also kind of difficult to obtain arts, I'm trying to scrounge enough FPGA boards together to make another round of kits. And I'll be able to do that. But with COVID supply chains have been very disrupted.

Rick Reid  23:48  
If somebody wants to purchase an instrument when you can make some more, how do they find out about it? And where can they get more information?

Eric Wallin  23:54  
Well, they can read about the DLev on the D-Lev website, D-Lev.com. They can see pictures of units that are out in the wild. They can listen to various voice presets that I've played mostly. And they can download the editor and play around with it. They can read the manual.

Rick Reid  24:11  
There's a Facebook group as well, right? 

Eric Wallin  24:13  
Yes, there's a Facebook group: "D-Lev theremin groupies."

Rick Reid  24:15  
I really appreciate you taking the time to show me your instruments and tell our listeners more about it.

Eric Wallin  24:21  
Thank you so much for having me.

Rick Reid  24:42  
To learn more about Eric Wallin's D-Lev theremin, follow the link in this month show notes at Theremin30.com. 

Now let's finish the show with new music from Carolina Eyck. Her new album is called Thetis 2086 and it's set for release on April 15. You can preorder it now on Amazon. Here is the first single "Crystal Glacier."

That was "Crystal Glacier" by Carolina Eyck. You can see the music video for that song on the Theremin 30 playlist. And there's the music so I should take this moment to send out a big thank you to Grace Cummings and Myles Brown, Marla Goodman, Kevin Sinnott and Carolina Eyck for allowing me to play their wonderful music. I'm also grateful to Eric Wallin for visiting with me about the D-Lev digital Theremin. And to the listeners who support the show with small monthly donations. I also want to thank you for listening. Please tell your friends to listen. Also be sure to check out any of the episodes you may have missed. Until next time, this is Rick Reid. I'll see you again soon somewhere in the ether.

David Brower  29:47  
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