The sounds of the theremin, as soon as the instrument of the long run, have now been tingling our spines for 100 years. In commemoration, Moog is introducing its new limited-edition Claravox Centennial, named for theremin virtuosa Clara Rockmore.
Moog says the Claravox presents “the highest quality control and sound available in a theremin.” With two modes, Traditional and Modern, it allows thereminists to modify between heterodyne analog and digital oscillators. It has the identical wave-shaping circuit as Moog’s Etherwave Pro theremin, and DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs for connection to DAWs and use as a controller. It’s additionally beautiful simply to take a look at, with a walnut cupboard, brass antennas, and lots of knobs to fiddle with.
Electronic devices, and their inventors and gamers, are some of probably the most fascinating components of music historical past. When I labored in a music library, I’d typically spend slower shifts digging via our collections of scores and vinyls in search of graphic notations and digital music. Clicking across the Moog website immediately is a pleasure: there’s a scrapbook timeline of the historical past of the theremin, outdated images and movies of theremin pioneers, and an audio compilation with recordings of Rockmore, Bob Moog, and Leon Theremin.
Wow, there’s additionally a mini audio documentary that includes Leon Theremin, Clara Rockmore, and Bob Moog speaking (and taking part in) digital music. Transportive. https://t.co/ufvegFgnhq
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) October 22, 2020
While sci-fi horror soundtracks stands out as the most recognizable house of the theremin’s eerie sounds, it has the (literal) vary for extremely transferring renditions of classical compositions. Rockmore herself was important in legitimizing the theremin as a live performance instrument. To display the Claravox, Moog produced a rendition of “Clair de Lune” on theremin and piano, a duet in tribute to Clara Rockmore and her pianist sister.
With the Claravox coming in at $1,499, you might wish to regulate your finances earlier than attempting to preorder one of the restricted models. But in case you don’t handle to snag one, you possibly can a minimum of be a part of me in listening to samples and staring longingly on the lovely images on Moog’s website.
The theremin, the instrument you don’t contact, the one which impressed Bob Moog’s synths, is enrapturing any time you see it performed. “In a way,” writes composer Albert Glinsky, “that’s the genius of what Leon Theremin created 100 years ago: an interface that just never gets old.”