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New Fiction By Sean Michaels Inspired By Leon Theremin and Clara Rockmore

Us Conductors: A Novel by Sean Michaels

If you saw the film Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey and found yourself wishing for more of the romantically tragic tale that spun between Leon Theremin and Clara Rockmore, then look no further.  A new work of fiction entitled Us Conductors explores what might have happened around the facts we're all familiar with.

Author Sean Michaels, perhaps best known as the creator of the music & mp3 blog Said The Gramophone, began writing the novel in 2009.  His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Believer, the Walrus, Pitchfork and at McSweeney's. 

From the book's website:

"Us Conductors is a book of longing and electricity. Like Termen's own life, it is steeped in beauty, wonder and looping heartbreak. How strong is unrequited love? What does it mean when it is the only thing keeping you alive? This sublime debut inhabits the idea of invention on every level, no more so than in its depiction of Termen's endless feelings for Clara - against every realistic odd. For what else is love but the greatest invention of all?"

Us Conductors is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Sean Micheals' website and will ship on April 8 in Canada and June 10th in the United States.

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Theremin Spring Academy in Leipzig/Germany

2014 seems to be the year of the Theremin... In addition to the traditional Summer Academy in Colmar/France, we offer for the first time a Spring Academy in Leipzig/Germany:

25th to 27th April, 2014

The first Theremin Spring Academy in Leipzig is held by Carolina Eyck and Thierry Frenkel. It serves as a prelude to the Summer Academy (held in Colmar, France). The program will consist of concerts and workshops, group lessons and individual lessons. All workshops will be open to the public and will be streamed live on the internet. Some of the group lessons will be picked up during the 5th Theremin Summer Academy (Colmar) and during the Without Touch Festival 6.0 (Lippstadt), concluding in a public concert in Lippstadt.

More details and a registration form can be found here ( <- click ).

Los Macuanos Discusses The Theremin On NPR's Alt.Latino

Las Macuanos

National Public Radio's show Alt.Latino just aired a segment in which they discuss the theremin with members of the band Los Macuanos.  You can listen to the full show here.  The interview with Los Macuanos and discussion of the theremin begins at around the 17 minute mark.  They credit May Roosevelt with the theremin performance.  They don't quite get the story of the discovery of the theremin right, but we'll let that one slide.

Check out Los Macuanos' latest album El Origen on Amazon.com.

New Music From Masami Takeuchi

Theremin Vox Collection Volume 1

Masami Takeuchi has announced a new album of theremin music we think you're really going to love. 

"Theremin Vox Collection Vol. 1" features Takeuchi performing on the Gordin Masazane theremin, an instrument produced by his company Mandarin Electron (also known for their Matryomin theremins built into Russian stacking dolls).  The Gordin Masazane can produce sound by either oscillators or traditional heterodyning and also includes waveshaping features more commonly found on analog synthesizers, such as a resonant filter.

Samples from the album are available on SoundCloud.  The album may be purchased at Mandarin Electron's website (in Japanese).  It is available now via download and will be available on CD towards the end of January.

Congratulations to Masami Takeuchi on the release!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Enjoy this beautiful rendition of Auld Lang Syne on a Burns B3 Pro theremin by Thomas Grillo.

What are your theremin-related resolutions for the new year?