Do you post theremin videos on youTube?

Posted: 3/11/2009 4:41:05 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

This is such a simple idea I'm surprised it hasn't already happened...

I have posted a very straightforward powerpoint (*) presentation on youTube:

[b]How to Play the Theremin[/b]
[i]Gordon's guide to the best learning resources on the Internet[/i]

Here: (

Just what you need to know if you're watching a theremin video and decide you're going to become a thereminist. Which people do. Oh, yes. Have you noticed how for the last year or so there have been a lot of video game fans appearing on ThereminWorld - that's The Randy George Effect.

Then I made all my theremin videos "video responses" to it by clicking on "Post a Video Response".

Now under every theremin video of mine there is a link that says How To Play The Theremin (, and when you click on it you find out about the Theremin World forums, Spellbound, Thomas Grillo's online tutorials, a collection of some of the best theremin videos on yT, Peter Pringle's DVD and some method books.

Do your own slideshow if you want, or if you don't, please make one of your theremin videos a video response to mine, and let's help people to find help!

(*) Actually Keynote 'cos I have a Mac. Same difference.
Posted: 3/11/2009 7:16:33 PM

From: Nantes - FRANCE

Joined: 2/26/2009

that's a great idea Gordon ! ;)

Maybe i'll do my own clip....but i need time....
Posted: 3/11/2009 8:04:35 PM

From: Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K. ................................... Fred Mundell. ................................... Electronics Engineer. (Primarily Analogue) .. CV Synths 1974-1980 .. Theremin developer 2007 to present .. soon to be Developing / Trading as . ...................................

Joined: 12/7/2007

LOL! I love the soundtrack, Gordon!
"Do you post theremin videos on youTube?" - not yet - but hopefully soon.. And a link to your presentation (and particularly for the soundtrack) is a certainty!
Posted: 3/12/2009 5:49:16 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Hehehe. Truth In Advertising - don'tcha luvvit!

Well, it was either that or some really good theremin playing, but I'm not happy about lifting other people's work.

My House Resounds is a kind of sideways nod to Jake Thackray's Castleford Ladies Magic Circle Club (


Ah, Jake Thackray. An important part of my childhood. And also Richard Stilgoe, Pam Ayres and Cyril Fletcher. Such a shame they don't have a slot of TV for comic verse these days. The Charlton family all enjoyed "That's Life". And then into the punk years - Ivor Biggun (who was also a That's Life presenter - Doc Cox) Atilla The Stockbroker and, of course, John Cooper-Clarke.

Here's a couple more youTube treats - For Doctor Who fans AND John Cooper-Clarke fans - this is the 9th Doctor, still in post-trauma from the Time War, but before meeting Rose, working out his issues on-stage with Evidently Chickentown ( (very NSFW) and my favourite Jake Thackray piece The Bull ( (slightly NSFW) - BTW there's always been something that puzzled me about the music to The Bull - I think it's the tempo - the way it keeps driving forward - perhaps someone could explain in simple words?

Posted: 3/12/2009 9:25:29 AM

From: UK

Joined: 4/15/2008

That's an excellent idea, Gordon. A LOT of people first discover the theremin at YouTube, (myself included), so having all those useful resources visible in one short video will help anyone who's interested in learning to play.

I thought of doing something similar myself (several months ago) but didn't, because as much as I wanted to promote knowledge of the theremin, I didn't want to do something that could be misinterpreted as an attempt to promote myself ... especially at that early stage in my learning curve when everything I played sounded ghastly! So far, I've avoided mentioning YouTube here at TW; I always got the feeling that although some see it as a far-reaching "shop-window" spreading theremin-awareness, others feel the mixed quality of performances does more harm than good.

I did, however, spend a long weekend last summer watching practically EVERY theremin video on YouTube and categorizing them in my Playlists, hoping this might be a useful resource for anyone interested in the theremin. After filtering out the Gakken-playing cats and squeaky beginners, I divided the best of YouTube theremin videos into about 70 categories (various theremin/thereminists etc that wouldn't necessarily come up in searches; Tak E Winds theremins for example!) I've continued to keep these playlists updated, and there are now around theremin 400 videos, (the playlists used to be in alphabetical order until some bright spark at YouTube decided people would prefer them in "recently-watched" order instead!)

I saw your theremin-resources video yesterday, Gordon. At risk of being ever so slightly negative (which I really hate to be), for such a good idea I wondered if it lacked a little visual design input; a picture of a theremin perhaps?

I might get around to having a go at something similar myself sometime, if you don't object ... although when that'll be, who knows. Meanwhile, please feel free to add your video as a response to my recent "year of ..." video; I think the two may fit well together for potential learners.
Posted: 3/12/2009 11:45:53 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

[i]I didn't want to do something that could be misinterpreted as an attempt to promote myself ...[/i]

Fair enough. People have been staring at me like I had grown antennae for as long as I can remember - even when I tried very hard not to draw attention to myself, so it just feels normal now and barely figures in my calculations.

[i]I wondered if it lacked a little visual design input; a picture of a theremin perhaps?[/i]

You're quite right, it is rather plain. In fact the original plan was for it to be silent too, but that didn't hold my attention at all. There was a point to my using only the clip art supplied with Keynote - if I wanted to suggest to people that they do something similar I wanted to be able to say truthfully that it only took ten minutes to throw together.

Yes, please do something similar. And thanks for mentioning your playlists - that is an amazing collection! I may have to bookmark it.

Posted: 5/13/2009 9:46:02 AM

From: France

Joined: 4/30/2009

Hi Everybody
I just had a Gakken Theremin Premium since three weeks but i have the ear to recognize the scales and the notes in the air, so i had some hours of practice before being able to play it correctly.
Then, I have posted some Gakken Theremin Premium demos that you can hear on Youtube and Dailymotion.

- The Beatles - Yesterday
- Stratovarius - Episode
- Liquid Tension Experiment - State of grace
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Chronologie Pt 3

I don't know any thereminists in France but I know they are many theremin players in the world

Don't hesitate to visit my web site
and to post some words , i will reply.

Posted: 5/13/2009 12:10:51 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Hi Geovarius, welcome to Theremin World.

I am your youTube subscriber. I have been enjoying your postings - they are better than one would expect for only three week's practice. I look forward to hearing your playing develop over time.

A great way to meet other thereminists, exchange tips and try out different theremins is at the biennial theremin event I organise - "Hands Off". Hands Off 2009 is in about three and a half month's time on the outskirts of London, England. I know everyone will be interested to try your Gakken Premium.

You will find details of Hands Off 2009 and my contact address on this thread ( - but hurry, there are only a few places left.
Posted: 6/4/2009 11:05:11 AM

From: Chillicothe, Ohio USA

Joined: 1/29/2009

My Funny Valentine (

There Will Never Be Another You (

The above videos are not my best work...also I was unaware at that time that mic stands in clso proximity affected the pitch field and nearly killed the volume...check out my Myspace page ( for better tracks (recorded later, thus more in tune!) Also, more tracks coming soon via a friend's band, Okay.BlueEyes, with whom I had the opportunity to record just a few days ago! :)
Posted: 11/7/2009 12:40:57 AM

Joined: 11/7/2009

I have one here.

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