Harrison 302 theremin antenna change

Posted: 3/27/2019 3:48:50 PM

From: earth

Joined: 5/8/2017

"Art, I have no direct experience with the 302, but have you considered perhaps spacing the plates farther apart and enlarging the fields?"

To my experience the plates are optimally placed, although I prefer to set them at an angle for seated play, and the "fields" are adequate for play throughout a seven octave range and if one pushes it, more. No one wants the top octave anyway.

If one is concerned with the volume hand interfering with the pitch hand I have found no such issues and even if one did have such issues making the volume field tight and close with a range of two to three inches eliminates any possibility of interference and also enables staccato play. If you restrict the range of the volume hand its motion has little influence on pitch.

Posted: 3/27/2019 6:52:32 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

There are thereminists who play pitch by moving their pitch hand to the left and right just above, and parallel to, the cabinet . Anyone using this kind of technique could have issues if they were to move too close to the volume field. French thereminist Claude-Samuel Levine is one of several musicians who play in this way.

I don’t think this method is the most efficient way to play the theremin but what the heck, NO RULES. 

Posted: 4/1/2019 4:50:39 PM

From: earth

Joined: 5/8/2017

The rule is proximity, not direction.

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