Mother Jones magazine recently published a story about 250 declassified articles from an internal CIA magazine. Among their 10 favorite articles was a real gem for theremin enthusiasts: an 11 page article on Leon Theremin. The article reveals
In October 2014, Carolina Eyck and Christopher Tarnow will record a CD with chamber music for theremin and piano in Leipzig, Germany. On the album, there will be two Sonatas by Christopher amongst other premiere recordings for their duo. To make this album, Carolina and Christopher need help. To support the musicians, you can visit their crowd funding page! You can order the album in advance, buy sheet music and cool t-shirts or book a theremin lesson with Carolina and Christopher.
From now on Carolina and Christopher will post a series of funny videos directly from their rehearsal room to encourage more people to put in their support into this unique project. With only 9 days left they still need some additional contributions to make this CD become reality.
TW: Philip Neidlinger (a.k.a hypergolic) recently performed in a multi-Thereminist event in Savannah, GA. He shares a summary and his thoughts on the event with us below. The amazing theremin you see him using in the video is his home-built vacuum tube model based on designs from Mark Keppinger.
The Savannah Theremin Summit was a rousing success despite technical difficulties. I was very honored that Dan Burns (Burns Theremins) and Joe Machos took time and traveled for hours from their respective homes to attend the performance.
In her email newsletter, Dorit Chrysler announced that the NY Theremin Society has received a grant from Thomas Campbell Jackson to develop a prototype "Theremin Kiosk" that could be networked with others around the world to create a virtual theremin orchestra. Chrysler will coordinate development of the project during a residency at Pioneer Works, an arts and innovation center in Brooklyn, NY.
We'll post more details as they become available.
As Lydia Kavina explained on Facebook this morning, Leon Theremin often joked that his name read backwards in Russian meant "not dying". And so, he lives on in our hearts and provides ongoing inspiration to never let the theremin "die".
The detail oriented reader will also note that in the past, we've celebrated Leon Theremin's birthday on August 15th, not the 28th. Lydia also cleared up that mystery too: he was born on August 15th before the Gregorian calendar was adopted in Russia in 1917. According to Wikipedia:
In Russia the Gregorian calendar was accepted after the October Revolution (so named because it took place in October 1917 in the Julian calendar). On 24 January 1918 the Council of People's Commissars issued a Decree that Wednesday, 31 January 1918, was to be followed by Thursday, 14 February 1918, thus dropping 13 days from the calendar.
Therefore, today is the correct day for us to wish a very happy birthday to Lev Sergeyvich Termen!