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CBS Sunday Morning to Air Theremin Segment

CBS Sunday Morning

CBS Sunday Morning will air a segment about the theremin on Sunday, October 27th starting at 9:30am EDT.  The show will apparently feature an interview with Dr. Albert Glinsky (author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage), Rob Schwimmer, and bits of performances from the NY Theremin Society.

For more information: Read the story at CBS Sunday Morning News.

John Hoge in Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I'm thrilled to announce that Theremin World Editor John Hoge will be performing on October 28th in the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's fourth annual production, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

This evening of delightfully chilling readings from classic ghost and horror tales presented by our esteemed company of actors is a great way to kick off the Halloween week!  Add John's haunting theremin music to the mix, and it's sure to be a scream!

Visit the Theatre's website for more information including how to purchase tickets. 

Rare Recording Of "La Croix Sonore" On Auction

Croix Sonore Record

To be honest, I had not heard much about La Croix Sonore (or "Sonorous Cross") until today, and I am now intrigued.  I am intrigued not only because it is very similar to the theremin, only a handful were built in 1926 by a Russian composer, but because a rare recording of the instrument is currently being sold at auction.

According to Wikipedia, the Croix Sonore was built by Russian composer Nikolai Obukhov who was living in France at the time.  He apparently saw a demonstration by Leon Theremin first-hand in 1924 and worked with Michel Billaudot and Pierre Dauvillier to build a prototype instrument in 1926.  It was later refined and re-introduced in 1934, the date of this recording.

While the instrument was based on heterodyning oscillators and was played like a theremin, the electronics were housed inside a large metal sphere with a crucifix extending from the top (hence the name "sonorous cross").  You can learn more about La Croix Sonore at 120 Years of Electronic Music

At the time of writing, the auction has no bids and is asking for a starting bid of $199.  This is a rare opportunity to hear a very rare instrument in a composition by its inventor.  Good luck!

12 Amazing Custom Theremins Will Inspire You

Custom Theremins by François Chambard

These 12 beautifully hand-crafted theremins by designer François Chambard are a breath of fresh air in a sea of shoeboxes with antennas.  Much like the Moog Etherwave Pro, they remind us that theremins can be engineered with style.  I just hope they're as playable as they are aesthetically interesting. 

This exhibition was created for the Odd Harmonics exhibit in New York, a joint venture of Butterscotch Records and Moog Music.  The show will also feature a performance by Carolina Eyck on November 2nd.

See more photos of the theremins at Wired.com.

Special Batch of $99 Tickets To Moogfest 2014 Sells Out Quickly

Moogfest 2014 Ticket

This week, Moog Music, Inc. announced a surprise batch of 250 tickets to Moogfest 2014 for just $99, and they sold out quickly!  If you missed out, don't worry.  General Tier 1 ticket sales don't start until November 14th, and Moog also promises more surprises announcements of batches of tickets coming over the next few weeks. 

Moogfest 2014 will be held April 24-27, 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina.

To learn more about the festival and opportunities to buy tickets, visit Moogfest.com.