[S04E05] October 2022 - Wilco Botermans and Thierry Frenkel


In the October 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays theremin music from the USA and the Netherlands. Rick interviews Wilco Botermans and Thierry Frenkel, instructors at Theremin Academy Lippstadt, November 11-13, 2022.


  • "I am the Zephyr" - preset1 (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • "Get Out, Get In, and Drive" - Darth Presley (New Bedford, MA, USA)
  • "Live in Amsterdam" (excerpt) - Electric Storks (The Hague, Netherlands
*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. 







Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 



This transcript was created with an AI speech-to-text system. It may contain errors.

David Brower  00:25

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  00:39

Hey there. I'm your humble host Rick Reid and welcome to another edition of the Theremin 30 podcast this month. I'm actually not in Denver, Colorado. I'm on vacation on one of the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. My rental apartment here is kind of echoey so I decided to record out on the patio and just let the background noise do what it does. In this episode, I have Theremin music from the USA and the Netherlands. My special guests are filco boater mons from the Netherlands and Thierry Franco from France. They will be hosting the next Theremin Academy and Lipstadt Germany November 11 through the 13th. To start the show I have a new track from preset one a music project of my longtime friend Ron Allen from the Seattle Washington area. Ron and I recorded that Theremin 30 theme song in his basement studio many years ago. I played Theremin and keyboards and Ron played everything else and handled the editing and mixing. Since then Ron has built probably the last most ether wave plus kit ever sold. And the track I'm about to play is his first new song to feature that Theremin. Here is I am the Zephyr.


Rick Reid  11:19

We started the show with I am the Zephyr by preset one, a project of Ron Allen. Ron and I were college buddies way back in the 20th century, and we recorded that Theremin 30 theme song years before I ever decided to start this show. If you happen to be in the Seattle area, you can catch Ron onstage as the bass player for the wonderful Celtic folk band called C star. After that I played get out get in and drive by Darth Presley music project of James Bond from New Bedford Massachusetts when James isn't playing Theremin, and sometimes when he is he is a music professor at Stonehill College. To hear more music from both of these artists. Click on their names in this month's show notes at Theremin thirty.com. After the break, I'll take a look at the Theremin 30 calendar and I'll visit with filco voter months and Thierry Frankel about the Theremin Academy scheduled for Lipstadt. Germany in early November. So stay tuned


Rick Reid  13:12

It's time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events. On Friday October 14 Arman Rouge will perform in Bogota Colombia. Dora at Chrysler has performances in The Netherlands on October 21 and November 4, as part of the orchestra for the new dance opera Ginko. The next RCA Theremin evening, a YouTube live streaming recital from Japan is set for Saturday, October 22. Also on the 22nd Steven Ham has a gig and Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada. cineplexes synthesizer convention returns to Burbank, California October 27 through the 30th and itchy Oh performs a couple of Halloween concerts in Denver, Colorado, October 29, and 30th. Also, Lydia Cabanon continues her online workshops on most Sundays. For details about these events and more, check out the interactive calendar on Theremin thirty.com. I am way behind on posting some individual club shows around the world. So give me a reminder if you'd like to get your particular performance on the calendar. Send me all the details through the website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And of course one of the big events coming up is the Theremin Academy and Lipstadt, Germany on the weekend of November 9. A few weeks ago I visited with Theremin Academy instructors velco boater months and tre Branko to find out some of the details. Wilco and Thierry thank you so much for being on the Theremin 30 podcast.


Wilco Botermans  14:42

Hey Rick, good to see you.


Thierry Frenkel  14:43

Thank you for inviting us.


Rick Reid  14:45

You guys are involved in something called Theremin Academy. Tell me a little bit about how it got started.


Thierry Frenkel  14:51

Basically, he got started with different events, settlement related events gatherings, here and there in Europe, but there was no central The organization they were granted the famous hands off festivals in England there were the without touch festivals which were started in Lipstadt. The time by Baba boo quits with the Kubota months and will have come to tape though the former director of the reputed Music School and over the time by the idea which basically Karolina I and I had, we tried to formalize everything and to get a common organization because before events would happen or would not happen if there were volunteers to organize or to not to organize. And we tried to set up a kind of system which allowed us to reproduce the organization in different times in different locations, but everything with a common structure. And so it has come that we started with the first event of this kind in 2010, in Coloma with Karolina and myself as teachers. Later we added regular events every spring in Leipzig, data and Berlin as Codina moved over afterwards, we were asked by will of contributo if we could also take over the organization of his with our touch festivals because he was no longer the director of the music school but he became the culture referendum of the town of leapstart as an assistant of the mayor, so we did that too. And at the end Coover, the aina, who was organizing more general electronic music festival every two years in Lausanne Switzerland, asked us if we couldn't install also a regular Theremin corner inside this note festival. And so we have a fourth event since 2016. in Luzon, Switzerland, winter Academy.


Rick Reid  16:51

So a lot of people who listen to the podcast are familiar with the Theremin Academy online that happened last year, but we haven't had any in person events for a while because of COVID, of course. So the next one coming up is in November. Tell me about that one,


Wilco Botermans  17:07

the Thurman Academy and Lipstadt will be from the 11th to the 13th of November. And there will be several ensemble groups that all the participants are following. So they are either in Karis Group practicing classical ensemble playing, or they are in my group. And we will do the sonic stuff the experimental group sets where there's a moment to do things with Theremin and different electronics. So it's a bit more experimental than the other ones, where the focus is more on classical Theramin. Playing Jimmy himself, you make these great arrangements, classical music for therapists to play them in ensembles,


Thierry Frenkel  17:54

we decided to set up a program which comprises lots of group workshops, seminars, and Theremin orchestra or thermal ensemble classes. So that people get, again used to make music together, people would really play together, would listen together would study together,


Wilco Botermans  18:18

there will be the possibility to book individual lessons with Jerry and with me,


Thierry Frenkel  18:23

and or throw him care and service. But this will not be the priority in this event.


Rick Reid  18:32

And then there are some performances as well, right? Yeah, this


Thierry Frenkel  18:35

year since we restart or reboot everything. We didn't plan a public concert for the Academy. But as for all academies, there will be an on Sunday afternoon and eternal students concert, where the groups who have worked together improvisation or gender music workshops, will present the result where people who have acquired new things during their individual lessons can also present the result. Normally, it's thing of about one and a half hour or two hours, where everybody plays at least once and all the others listen. And everybody normally is happy about the progress which has been made in these three days.



Now is this something that is open to beginning Theremin players? It's open


Thierry Frenkel  19:25

to everybody, and also the group workshops and everything our planet to accept players of every level. So from the beginner to the advanced player, there is a place for everybody. There's a role for everybody and everybody independent of their current playing level. Everybody's important to contribute in a very constructive and positive way to the common feeling.


Rick Reid  19:54

I assume people would bring their own instruments does it matter which model they have if they have an open Theramin or a mug, or burns or whatever


Thierry Frenkel  20:02

we are open. That means that people can bring their own instruments. Sometimes we have students which travel from very far, and who can't perhaps not take their instrument with them. In that case, this vehicle or myself will bring one or more expense from our stock. And to the people. Usually, there


Wilco Botermans  20:24

are many to wage standards. And plus, I'm hoping that somebody brings a new eat away. Well, I will, I won't bring one. But, of course, me clarify, of course, there are probably many people who would like to try that out.


Thierry Frenkel  20:36

Basically, we can deal with everything out of the ether wave Pro, either a Pro has so much radiation and creates so much interference, that if you have one in a room, all other instruments are highly distorted. And so you really can't do chamber music or orchestra passes, if in one room, or on the same floor. If there


Rick Reid  21:02

isn't either way through Well, I did not know that.


Thierry Frenkel  21:06

The owners of either wave Pro are asked to bring either an other instrument, or we then one just for the workshop, so everybody can can partake.


Rick Reid  21:19

Have you had any experience like that with declara? Vox does it have the same problem?


Thierry Frenkel  21:24

I don't know yet. I have not enough experience with excetera works, I have this assembled already too. But I have have never had more than one in a room together with under instruments. So it will be it will be a new experience this November. And in case of I will have some spare instruments looking for,


Rick Reid  21:49

say you have a mug ether wave, and it's got an electrical cord for England. Will that work in Germany? Or do you need to have some sort of adapter or


Wilco Botermans  22:01

in Germany, we have 240 volts on the mains. So if you're not from Europe, and you are used to 120 Falls, then sell this to charity, and we will make sure that there is a suitable power supply for you. Oh, what


Rick Reid  22:17

are some of the fun things that people can do in Lipstadt while they're there for the event?


Thierry Frenkel  22:24

That is a relatively small drum town. And it has nothing of particular interest besides of the very big music school where we have 80 other conditions, a nice team, many rooms and big rooms to help our Thurman Academy. That's why we organized the food program in the music school. And we have naturally also a social program. That means there is traditionally always one evening where all participants met in both consoles, and to eat wreck that together. So one of the two nights is already covered with a social event. And usually the other night, people will also gather together in a restaurant or have some beer together at least. So basically, besides of the night, the stay covered from morning to evening.


Rick Reid  23:16

Thank you very much for taking the time we visit with us about the Theremin Academy. I have not been to with air and when Academy but I did go through a hands off festival back in 2011 in Scarborough, England. And for anybody who hasn't gone to an event of this type, I gotta tell you, it was a once in a lifetime event for me to be able to be surrounded by other Theremini players and enthusiasts and meeting some of the most skilled Theremin players in the world was just just really a wonderful experience. And so if you have a chance to go to either this Theremin academy or the ones held in other cities around Europe, I definitely recommend it. I wish I could be there this year. But hopefully I'll get to go to one soon.


Wilco Botermans  23:58

Yeah, that would be great. Would be good to see you again.


Thierry Frenkel  24:01

Thank you for having invited us again.


Rick Reid  24:04

To sign up for the Theremin academy or to learn about the other Theremin Academy events around Europe throughout the year. Visit their website at Theremin dot Academy. I also have a link in this month's show notes. After a quick break I'll wrap up the show with a brand new release from electric storks featuring Theremin Academy instructor Phil go boater months, so don't touch that pause button.

Rick Reid  25:10

Electric storks is an experimental music project of keyboardist Jean Carl and their minister Philco boater months. On September 7, they released their first album. It's a compilation of three extended improvisational recordings. 100 vinyl copies are available from Bandcamp. Or you can download the digital album there. Wilco told me the band chose September 7 as the release date to commemorate the birthdate of his late wife Jessica Hummel, who I'm sure many of you knew through Facebook. The album is also dedicated to her Let's listen now to just a portion of the nearly 21 minute third track here are electric storks with live in Amsterdam?


Rick Reid  29:47

That was an excerpt from live in Amsterdam by electric storks, featuring one of my guests Ville co boater months, he'll be teaching at the Theremin Academy lips docked in early November. I want to take a final moment now to thank reset one Darth Presley and electric storks for allowing me to play their music. Also, thanks to my special guests Bilco boater munch and tre Franco for sharing information about the Theremin Academy in Woodstock. And the big thank you always goes to the listeners who support the show that small one time and monthly donations or by purchasing T shirts, bumper stickers and other logo swag from the merch store. If you're new to the show, every previous episode is available to listen to at your leisure. So check them out. Until next time, and when I'm back in North America. I'm your host, Rick Reid. I'll see you somewhere in the ether.


David Brower  30:41

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[S04E04] September 2022 - Drew Raison


In the September 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast, host Rick Reid plays theremin music from Canada, USA, and Finland. Rick interviews Drew Raison, executive director of EMEAPP, the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project. 

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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. 



  • Drew Raison, executive director, EMEAPP





Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 



This transcript was created with an AI speech-to-text system. It may contain errors.


David Brower  00:04

This is Theremin 30, 30 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  00:18

a welcome to another edition of the Theremin 30 podcast. You know, last month we had an episode fall a little later in the month and that kind of threw off my schedule. So here it is the end of August and I'm just going to call this the September episode. This time around, I've got new music from Dr. G, Anna Glyph, and Kepa Lehtinen and in plus more music from the Divine Hand Ensemble's current album Aria 51. And my special guest this month is Drew Raison, the executive director of EMEAPP, the electronic music education and preservation project. It's a nonprofit organization that runs a huge musical instrument archive in Philadelphia. And you can imagine what we're going to talk about right now to kick off the music for this show. Let's get physical. I mean let's learn about physics. Here's the latest and final single from Dr. G's physics album if you don't know him Dr G is sort of a mad scientist who brings together the forces of music and physics to entertain and educate kids all over Canada this track is called motion


Rick Reid  09:03

we started the show with motion by Dr G check out the fun new lyric video for that song on that Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. After that I played say I do a brand new track from Anna glyphe The recording features some Eurorack synth modules a mo grandmother and a Moke ether wave plus that actually used to belong to me. I sold it to her earlier this year and of course she makes it sound better than I ever did. Maybe I should buy it pack. Anyway there's a really clever stop motion music video for say I do on the Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. After this break I'll take a look at the Theremin 30 calendar and I have new music from compilation so stay tuned


Rick Reid  09:58

It's time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events. Since this episode's coming out a little early let's start with August 27. It's the 126 the birthday of Professor Leon Theremin or is it since he was born in 1896 when Russia used a different calendar format. His birthday really depends on which calendar you're looking at. August 27 Does also play music on the porch day, so get out there on September 2, Schramm performs at the nCn festival in Dutson, Germany. Also on September 2 fishbone, featuring thereminist Angelou more will perform at the mercury cafe here in Denver, and on September 3, Dr. G performs at the Orleans library in Ottawa. The 10th edition of the knob con synthesizer convention is set for September 9 through the 11th in the Chicago area, and the RCA Theremin evening is back streaming live on YouTube on the final weekend of September. For details about these events and more, check out the interactive calendar on Theremin thirty.com. And I can't keep up with all that Theremin events myself. So if you have an event you'd like me to put on the calendar, give me a little nudge. Send me all the details through the website to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Helsinki based Film and Television composer Kip Weston recently sent me a copy of his latest single it's a lovely and haunting track called it gets dark Let's listen.


Rick Reid  13:48

That was it gets dark by Kepa Lehtinen and if you want to hear what he does when he isn't playing Theremin, check out his recent TV soundtrack album made in Finland mobile 101 Season One it's available to stream and download in all the usual places. Up next on Theremin 30 I'll visit with Drew res on from the electronic music education and preservation project. So stick around


Rick Reid  14:34

if you frequent that Theremin 30 website and I hope you do you've probably seen links and banners for me app the electronic music education and preservation project. It's one of the music nonprofits I promote because they help spread the word about Theremin music. A couple of weeks ago I got to visit with Drew Raison the executive director of me app to find out what it's all about. Drew Raison thank you so much for being on the Theremin 30 Podcast.


Drew Raison  15:02

I'm very happy to be here I am honored and looking forward to discussing pheromones because it's one of my favorite things to do.


Rick Reid  15:08

I saw your streaming live tour of EMEAPP where you work when I was just blown away with the assortment of instruments that you have and the historic, famous instruments that you have. And I wanted to share a little bit of my experience with my listeners. So to start with, can you tell me what is EMEAPP?


Drew Raison  15:27

Yeah, I can try. We are the steward of a massive collection of historically significant musical instruments and gear. Then it started off as a private collection, our curator started off, he was in a band back in the 70s, a rock band and when disco hit his rock band couldn't get a gig because everybody wanted disco, okay, so he got out of the business, sold off most of his instruments and stepped into the food production world and had great success there. And he decided to then turn back and say, you know, I want to get back into this thing. So he finds his original instruments, and he buys a couple of them back. And then he says, You know, I've, I've always wanted one of these. And I've always wanted one of these. And he got out of that. But that's what happens in a perfect world, right. So ultimately, the private collection started to grow at a very, very fast rate. And he kind of stopped and look back at it and realize that this is not a collection of stuff. In fact, this is a very fine tuned, curated collection. And he started to exercise his license as a curator. So as opposed to I've always wanted one of these things, he starts to look into the history of that given object and who created it. And what did the early ones look like? And what about before they actually were produced? Did they create any prototypes of that given item, and then he would go after the prototypes. Now that little story is wonderful. But what you get when you come into me app is you get this dose of 30,000 square feet of this curatorial skill. So yes, we have a massive collection of synthesizers. It's a ridiculous collection. And we've got some rarities beyond belief, but we also have a lot of the prototypes, and we're tied in with the pioneers that created the concepts of these instruments, and then created the actual instruments. And then beyond the synthesizers we have a lot of electromechanical instruments that is electric pianos, clavinets that goes very deep at a massive collection of combo organs so before synthesizers really took grasp the combo organ was in fact the main means for keyboardists to convey their musical ideas in a band. We have untold sums of those and then we have a massive collection of tonewheel Oregon's made by Hammond, you might have heard of the A series, the B Series and the C series, the B three being the doll of all


Rick Reid  17:46

Yeah, one of my highlights of watching the or tour you did online, was to see John Lord's B3.


Drew Raison  17:52

the collection of tonewheel Oregon's here makes my knees knock it's a nobody really does because there's nothing more exciting to me and of course I might have different standards than most than to walk up to the Hammond Oregon that rift that insane solo on the yes a song roundabout on the album fragile and and it goes deeper than that because we have multiples of Keith Emerson's Hammond Oregon's and it goes deeper and deeper and deeper. And, you know, you think you know a lot about a Hammond, Oregon until you start working here and you realize you kind of don't know anything. And then also recording gear we have, as our recording studio is up and operating now we have a massive collection of vintage audio gear, and probably no fewer than 2500 to 3000 effects pedals, you know, guitar keyboard, bass effects pedals. And then we also have one of the world's finest collections of Mogae equipment. Dr. Robert Moog was one of the main pioneers of synthesizer design. And we have a I don't know you want to call it a shrine? Maybe, you know,


Rick Reid  18:57

I think that would be appropriate. Yeah.


Drew Raison  18:59

Yeah, it kinda is. And it's funny because we built the mug exhibit for a specific Keith Emerson related event that we were having here. And we're never taken that setup down. It's a very special room and it's loaded with prototypes. Bob mugs mug is in that room. It's a freakishly delicious collection and I am one of the luckiest human beings on earth to stand among these items on a daily basis and I don't take it lightly. It's a very special opportunity.


Rick Reid  19:26

You have some historical Theremins on display there


Drew Raison  19:30

we do. The curator got into Thurman's very early on in the collection, we have a number of advisors, I refer to them as our eyes on the world. They're the folks that look out for us, and when a rare instrument hits the market, and it ought to be preserved, as opposed to ending up in a private collection that a generation is going to miss it and it could end up in the dumpster. Sometimes we have to jump in there and really save it. And a couple of our advisors, one in particular a gentleman named Brian key who helped steer us into the history of the Theramin. And, again, from the position of a curator, he wants to tell the story of the Theramin and show the development of it. So we have I consider this to be a flagship object. It's a 1929 RCA Theramin. That's the large wooden one that is just so beautiful looking. And we see in pictures of many early Thurmond players, and it also has its matching speaker cabinet. And that Theramin sat in our lobby for the longest time and it was a highlight when mono Divina who I'm sure you know, and have spoken with. He's been on the show. He also lives five minutes from here, ironically, and he was playing on that Theramin, which is a finicky instrument. The tone of that instrument was shockingly delicious. I kind of almost can't describe it beyond it was almost like a imagine a Theramin that kind of had a little bit of a warm blanket feeling to it. But I mean, that's old school technology there at its finest. I will also say the inside of the 1929 Fairman is possibly one of my favorite electronic images. When we're looking at electronic components, the stuff that the user doesn't get to see. While you will swing open the back of that Theramin it's just it's exciting to me the big tubes in the coil, just beautiful. I mean, I wouldn't be sticking my hand in there if it was plugged. tell you guys a lot of voltage in there, but really a beautiful looking machine. And then we also have a 1954 Mogae Theramin. That was one of Bob mugs earlier projects and was actually built by Bob and his father and both of them signed it. And that's probably my favorite, most impactful Theremin. And then we also have a series of other Moog, Theremin instruments the troubadour, the Melodia, which are both very common Moog instruments. One of those was a kit was it? Yes, it was, because Bob was doing that, you know, the instruments were available pre made or as a kit. And I don't know which one it was, and I wasn't involved in me at the time that they arrived. I was here when we took delivery of a maestro Theramin that has a pair of square plates on an angle, a compound angle, oh, to actuate it and I was of the understanding that Bob Moog was involved in the design of the instrument. But Brian key who the gentleman I mentioned earlier, pointed out to Bob wasn't, but I think it's one of the coolest looking instruments on the more modern tip, it's not very forgiving, because the plates are right smack next to each other. So as you have with a standard Theramin you know, you can you can separate your arms a bit. This one is a little tighter, but I don't I kind of sense that it wasn't really meant to be as flexible and instrument as a lot of the Bob Moog instruments are 


Rick Reid  22:39

Yeah, that was made when Gibson owned the Moog name, I believe.


Drew Raison  22:43

So yeah, that would probably be a norlane era instrument. And it sounds good. Yeah. And then on top of that, we have to Mogae ether wave pro pheromones, which are, you know, very desirable precision instruments, we have one that is left handed, and one that is right handed, and taking delivery of the Left Handed either way, throw is kind of a trip because I'm thinking I'm a lefty, I'm a deep left, I'm not right handed in any way, shape, and form. So if I care to play a theorem, and I'll just stand behind it, and all of a sudden it becomes a left handed instrument. So we actually have a pair of them left and right handed, and our collection of Theremin 's will be increasing over time. I'm hoping that we have the opportunity to look back at a few of the other Moog instruments from the 60s and continue to expand on that. And then we don't really focus on the newer instruments. I mean, the ether wave probes are actually two of the newest instruments that we have in the building. But I'm also interested in seeing some of the more modern instruments that will quantize and kind of allow the performer to have an easier time. Because you know, the theorem is easy to play and not easy to play. Well. Am I right?


Rick Reid  23:52

Yeah, exactly. Can someone arrange to go to your studio and use the instruments from your collection? If Mano Divina wants to do a new album that features your historical Theremin.


Drew Raison  24:06

I would do that in a heartbeat. And we're not going to let you come in and use Jimi Hendrix is Woodstock wah wah pedal for your guitar solo and your rock band project. That wouldn't happen but a great example would be the tribute band Manta core that does Emerson Lake and Palmer songs approached us about doing a 50 year celebration of their album trilogy. And of course, we jumped on that. So we brought the entire band in we use Keith Emerson's gear, we use some of Greg lakes gear, and we put together a piece which you can see at me app.org We have a series called Live at me app and you can actually see what the band did. So in cases like that, we say yes, we also bring artists and residents through it. It has to be set up appropriately. But we have Robin hatch coming in Robin is a synthesis that has done quite a bit of work on historically significant instruments, and she'll be here for about a week just exploring what we have and and putting together compositions on certain pieces of gear. And so we do that as well. So basically what I say is approach us, tell us your idea. And if our mission and your mission match, then let's do it. Tell us what it is. Let's compare notes. And if it's a good fit, then we'll be working together in no time.


Rick Reid  25:19

I really want to get an in-person tour there soon.


Drew Raison  25:22

I would love to show you around. And then if your listeners as well keep your eyes open, I'm structuring a Theremin project right now I was waiting for mono Divina to finish up his current record that just came out called Aria 51. And then we also work with Rob Schwimmer, who is another amazing therapist from New York. Yeah, we know Rob, we enjoy it when he comes down here because he is so good on so many instruments. And he knows every single piece of music ever written. And then of course, Pamela Stickney is another therapist that we work with, we've done some stuff with and, and so I'm looking to put together a, you know, a nice Theremin series. So when it happens, I'll reach out to you and let you know and you can let your your listeners know we're constantly outputting product and we have so many people that request Theramin projects, but it's it's hard to find capable and available feminists, but luckily monto lives literally five minutes away.


Rick Reid  26:14

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your organization.


Drew Raison  26:18

Well, listen, I really appreciate this. It's been a wonderful conversation. I encourage any of your listeners to reach out directly if you got any questions, EMEAPP.org. That's e m e a p p dot org. And we keep things on Facebook and Instagram very fresh. So if you want to see what we're doing, we encourage you to if you feel like donating, we encourage you to do that as well. And if you have any questions, please hit us up we'd love to talk.


Rick Reid  26:42

To learn more about me app and to sign up for a free membership. Follow the link to the mem website and this month's show notes at Theremin thirty.com. You know with all that talk about mono Divina, of course, I need to finish the episode with his music from the Aria 51 album by the Divine Hand Ensemble. Here's his interpretation of Nightingale and the Rose by Rimsy-Korsakov.


Rick Reid  29:05

Thank you to Dr. G, Anna Glyph, Kepa Lehtinen,  and the Divine Hand Ensemble for allowing me to play their music. Also, thanks to my special guest drew Reyes on the executive director of EMEAPP, the electronic music education and preservation project and to the listeners who support this show with small one time and monthly donations. If you're new to the podcast, be sure to check out the website and listen to any of the episodes you may have missed. Also, take a look at the merch store for T shirts, bumper stickers and other fun things that help support the show. Until next time, I'm your host, Rick Reid. I'll see you somewhere in the ether.


David Brower  29:49

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[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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  • "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. 







Copyright 2022 Rick Reid 



This transcript was generated with an AI speech-to-text system. It may contain errors.

David Brower  00:04

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  00:19

Hey there, welcome to the July 2022 episode of the Theremin 30 Podcast. I'm Rick Reid and I've been your host for more than three years now. And normally, I'm trying to publish the episodes around the first day of each month. But I got distracted by some other projects recently and or the desire to just take a long nap under my air conditioner. Here in Denver, Colorado. Today, we set a record for the highest high temperature for this date. And this morning, we actually set a record for the highest low temperature too. And I think I've got a pretty hot show for you this month. I'll play music from Donna Maya Hekla, Yoko Ohnishi Myles Brown, and my special guest, Charlotte Dubois, who will share highlights from her brand new self produced album Gamme de Couleur. Hopefully I pronounced that close enough. Let's start off the first set of Music in this episode with the track that I can pronounce. This is called what the eye doesn't see it's by Berlin based recording artists Donna Maya. After that I'll spin a short but sinister track from the upcoming new heckler album. And I'll tell you more about both of those recordings on the other side.


Rick Reid  07:52

We started the show with Donna Maya and a track called what the eye doesn't see. It's part of an 85 song compilation album called Save Ukraine. You can download it from Bandcamp for a donation of four euros or more, and the proceeds go to the Red Cross to support their humanitarian aid efforts in Ukraine. There's a link to the album in this month's show notes at Theremin thirty.com. And after that, I played a rather chilling soundscape by Hekla called N O AF dish, which translates to English as yet again. It's part of a new album of doom and gloom soundscapes by Hekla set for release in September called Xiuxiuejar which is a Catalan word meaning whisper check out the appropriately creepy video for that track on the Theremin 30 YouTube playlist. After this break, I'll take a look at the Theremin 30 calendar and I have new music from Yoko Onishi so stay tuned


Rick Reid  09:00

It's time now for a look at the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events. Marla Goodman continues her Theremin Thursday's performances in Bozeman, Montana through the end of July on her front porch. Stephen Ham has a couple of shows this weekend in the Vancouver BC area. The divine hand ensemble has a full slate of performances over the next several weeks to promote their new Aria 51 album. Saturday July 23rd would have been Dr. Samuel Hoffman's 99th birthday. Karolina Ike is the featured soloist at the BBC Proms concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on August 4. 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. Also on the calendar Yoko Onishi hosts her monthly RCA Theremin evening on Saturday. July 23, from her home in Japan, because of the timezone differences it actually plays late Friday night here in the Western Hemisphere, but you can catch a replay anytime after the live show airs on YouTube. This month she will be demoing the Claravox Centennial Theremin's patch editing software. Yoko Onishi has been working on a follow-up to her All Theremin album she released in 2017. Here's a preview single from all Theremin to it's called Ombra mai fuo also known as the Largo from Xerxes by George Frederick Handel?


Rick Reid  13:53

That was Ombra mai fu or the Largo from Xerxes performed on the RCA Theremin and the Moog ether wave pro by Yoko Onishi. It's from her upcoming album All Theremin to there's more to come on that Theremin 30 podcast. Later in the show. I'll play a track off a cool Miles Brown album from a couple of years ago and up next I visit with French recording artist Charlotte DuBois. She has a colorful new album out now and she will tell us all about it so stick around.


Rick Reid  14:53

Charlotte Dubois is a wonderful thereminist MP and is based in Lila France.


Rick Reid  15:03

Last month she self released a lovely album on Bandcamp called Gam declare, or something close to that. I asked her to be on the show and there was a bit of a language barrier as you might suspect, so we couldn't record a live interview. Instead, I sent her a list of questions in English. She translated them then translated her written answers to English so she could read them aloud. What you're about to hear will be my questions and her answers, and it did together. Charlotte Dubois, thank you so much for joining me on Theremin 30.


Charlotte Dubois  15:39

Hello. Thank you for inviting me to participate at your podcast sermon. So it's always a pleasure to speak about ceremony.


Rick Reid  15:52

 asked you to be on the show this month because you have a new album out called gamma coolair. According to Google translate in English, that would be range of colors, and each track is named after a different color. Before we talk about that, tell me your story about how you became familiar with the Theremin.


Charlotte Dubois  16:11

I remember my father watching loads of fantastic and science fiction movies. And I love that the sound of Theremin often using these movies fascinated me


Charlotte Dubois  16:36

I always wanted one, but I never did to start. That's three and a half years ago, my fabulous companion decided to offer me one at a rave.


Rick Reid  16:50

What other instruments do you play? Do you have formal musical training?


Charlotte Dubois  16:54

I did 11 years of classical piano it was a rigorous formation. I had to pass two exams by here to validate my skills. I knew how to play Chopin, Brahms, but I was unable to compose myself. Classical way it's fantastic, but it doesn't open to creativity. When theobromine came in my life, it sounds totally my relationship to music.


Rick Reid  17:52

Your new album is called Gam dequeue there. What does that title mean to you? And how does it represent the music on the album?


Charlotte Dubois  18:01

The album gamba Kula, I have chosen to explore the emotions that emerged from the koulos its track is inspired by my personality story of universal feelings everyone is free to appropriate himself see emotion with his own experience


Rick Reid  18:41

what was your writing and recording process for example, did you compose on the piano first and arrange your composition to include the Theremin


Charlotte Dubois  18:51

It depends. Sometimes I have melodies that comes to me and I do first the piano composition and then second time I will add the layers of Theremin.


Charlotte Dubois  19:13

Sometimes it's totally the opposite, as I do lot of improvisation with Theremin one melody a match of that, and I record it first. For example. That's what happened for the bush song


Rick Reid  19:40

did you create the album at home or in a professional recording studio?


Charlotte Dubois  19:44

I do all the Recode and mix myself with my stuff and other


Rick Reid  19:49

than which Theremin models are featured on this album.


Charlotte Dubois  19:53

The two ceremonies that are used most of the time are theater with produce and the Clara book I really like theater rev it offers a lot of possibilities especially since jelly Frankel optimized it adding the recipe is our module it's really great but I love the Claravox too


Charlotte Dubois  20:19

me not the traditional mode but mme mode it's really magical because we can so much personalize the presets that the player can create is our musical senior to


Charlotte Dubois  20:57

as I got to happen to remain and that ceremony late in my creation process this to theremin I'll only answer song SEC law


Charlotte Dubois  21:27

by the way, this song was really fun to create because I enjoyed to add all of my therapy. There is even a little participation of material.


Rick Reid  21:38

Is there a song on the new album that was your favorite to compose and record?


Charlotte Dubois  21:43

it's very difficult to choose just one song because this change depending of my emotion, but I took lots of pleasure to compose lounge really, because I usually use lubra with my Theremin this time I reversed the rule


Charlotte Dubois  22:14

in French, the expression whether or not you lay means that we took a smash on the head. I would like to illustrate this moment in life where we accumulate subproblems and we fill in an infinite vortex. We are stunned, but we know that always will be alright.


Rick Reid  22:40

So how can people listen to your new album and purchase copies of it?


Charlotte Dubois  22:43

You can find my new album on Bandcamp profile Charlotte DuBois.


Charlotte Dubois  22:59

It costs seven euros 1000s They're gonna smile bomb. I prepare a bonus track to say thank you for all the sports is naming is it Ansel? is orange color.


Rick Reid  23:14

Do you plan to have any live concerts or streaming performances in the near future?


Charlotte Dubois  23:18

Actually, I do initiation of the remaining music school. I have a lovely project of concert in a beautiful place. But I can say more for the moment. If you want you can follow me on instagram i post often my improvisation of theremin and my actuality. My profile on Instagram is shallow. Abigail DuBois.


Rick Reid  23:44

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful music and taking the time to visit with me.


Charlotte Dubois  23:49

 Oh, thank you a lot for the invitation. Rick, it's a real opportunity to speak about my new album. I put lots of love on it. And I am very excited to share it with you next year to a vivid Theremin.


Rick Reid  24:07

The new album by Charlotte Dubois is available now on Bandcamp and I have a link in this episode's show notes at Theremin thirty.com Now let's finish the episode with a recording from Myles Browns 2020 album The Gateway. It came out during the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown so it's only been this month that he's been able to perform music from the album live on stage. You'll next be performing at the Color Club in Melbourne on August 5. From the gateway album here is Myles brown with a track called peak body


Rick Reid  27:25

With the time remaining I want to thank Donna Maya Hekla Magnus daughter Yoko Ohnishi and Miles Brown for sharing their music. And a special thanks to Charlotte Dubois for being my guest this month and sharing her new album with us. Also a big thank you and Virtual hugs go to the listeners who support this show with small one time and monthly donations. I really appreciate your help. If you'd like to help out there is information on the website, Theremin thirty.com. There's also a merchandise store where you can pick up T shirts and bumper stickers and other fun things. So check that out. Until next time, I'm your host, Rick Reid. I'll see you again somewhere in the ether.


David Brower  29:50

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