Theremin and jazz?

Posted: 5/22/2012 1:41:11 AM
FredM

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 WaveCrafter.com . ...................................

Joined: 12/7/2007

Thank you all. My worst fears were squashed yesterday - Having had several doctors thinking I had bowel cancer, and getting an emergency admission after being examined by the gastro specialist, well, I was not feeling too positive!

But they let me out after the op - there is nothing major wrong with my guts, a few biopsies were taken, but bowel cancer is almost completely ruled out.

Thanks for sharing your story John, sounds like you have really been thru it as well!

And yes, there is something about this community which is unlike any other on-line community I have expierienced, difficult to put my finger on it exactly - but perhaps its that it feels more "real" (and also more caring) than anywhere else - I feel like I "belong" here - there are other people nearly as crazy as me, or whatever - It is nice to be back.

Fred.

Posted: 5/22/2012 2:39:07 AM
Amethyste

From: In between the Pitch and Volume hand ~ New England

Joined: 12/17/2010

Welcome back crazy Fred. I've missed you!

 

Posted: 5/22/2012 4:08:14 AM
FredM

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 WaveCrafter.com . ...................................

Joined: 12/7/2007

Just noticed your "in between the pitch and volume hand" LOL! ;-)

Thanks crazy Amethyste - its nice to be back!

Posted: 5/23/2012 8:46:06 PM
mollydad

From: Nashville, TN, USA

Joined: 12/22/2011

I'm very happy for you, Fred.  Getting a second (or third) chance is an awesome thing.  Welcome back! j

 

Posted: 1/14/2015 4:05:55 AM
IanMcCormick

From: American Midwest

Joined: 1/10/2015

Just wanted to say that while I felt a tad like a preschooler sitting in on a graduate class regarding the sophisticated discussion here, I found what was said to be very interesting. And as a "noob" I look forward to attempt to find an elusive stylistic approach with a theremin that can positively agree itself towards one of the many sounds of jazz, even though coalport seems to think it cannot be done.

Coalport, do you not think that music designed for the saxophone in more of a blues vein would lend itself to be applied with a positive sound by the theremin?

Posted: 5/8/2017 8:38:59 PM
rupertchappelle

Joined: 5/8/2017

"Changes of timbre, attack, spitfire series of notes and jazz embellishments etc., simply aren't possible on the instrument."

They most certainly are. Use a amp simulator or a effects pedal to adjust timbre as per volume and attack.

 

Posted: 5/30/2017 4:08:18 AM
Dolphinjamez

Joined: 5/30/2017

Interupter pedal.

That's all I have to say.

Posted: 5/30/2017 3:31:27 PM
rupertchappelle

Joined: 5/8/2017

"Changes of timbre, attack, spitfire series of notes and jazz embellishments etc., simply aren't possible on the instrument."

The following is precisely why one must never attempt to play jazz on the theremin:

https://youtu.be/Qjg0tz8Me_0

 

Posted: 6/3/2017 11:56:05 AM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Just to clarify my statement about jazz on the theremin - at last count there were over 50 different kinds of jazz. It seems to me the theremin might fit better with Avant-garde Jazz or Free Jazz, than with Dixieland or Ragtime.

The word “Jazz” has been so over-used that, by itself, it has become meaningless.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_jazz_genres

Posted: 6/7/2017 3:59:55 PM
rupertchappelle

Joined: 5/8/2017

Dixieland and Ragtime? 

Well Peter, you got me there. I seriously doubt I could do any justice to the banjo parts. I used to love the Mickey Finn Show - now that was some fine banjo playing.

But I have more classical pretensions as you may remember, besides, they are all just notes and cliches strung together as per the artists whim.

National Electrophonic - "Monkey Paw Suite"

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZgJ7edbn3qplNrVh1LmD49EEXr8TdXPE

As for the banjo, may I suggest using the EH Key9 filtered to take out the low frequencies.

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