The sounds of the theremin, as soon as the instrument of the longer term, 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 gives “the very best high quality management and sound obtainable in a theremin.” With two modes, Conventional and Fashionable, it permits thereminists to modify between heterodyne analog and digital oscillators. It has the identical wave-shaping circuit as Moog’s Etherwave Professional theremin, and DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs for connection to DAWs and use as a controller. It’s additionally pretty simply to take a look at, with a walnut cupboard, brass antennas, and loads of knobs to fiddle with.
Digital devices, and their inventors and gamers, are among the most fascinating components of music historical past. Once I labored in a music library, I’d usually spend slower shifts digging by means of our collections of scores and vinyls searching for graphic notations and digital music. Clicking across the Moog web site right now is a pleasure: there’s a scrapbook timeline of the historical past of the theremin, outdated photographs and movies of theremin pioneers, and an audio compilation with recordings of Rockmore, Bob Moog, and Leon Theremin.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 enjoying) digital music. Transportive. https://t.co/ufvegFgnhq
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) October 22, 2020
Whereas sci-fi horror soundtracks could be the most recognizable dwelling 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 exhibit 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, it’s possible you’ll wish to alter your finances earlier than making an attempt to preorder one of many restricted items. However for those who don’t handle to snag one, you’ll be able to a minimum of be a part of me in listening to samples and staring longingly on the stunning photographs on Moog’s web site.
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 means,” writes composer Albert Glinsky, “that’s the genius of what Leon Theremin created 100 years in the past: an interface that simply by no means will get outdated.”