of the Raging Bull
am unable to post concepts at Theremin World anymore. The
bull must be put out to pasture where he can
spend his days licking lithium salt
blocks. Digital is
nice but it is not of the Theremin Spirit, it is a perversion
to make money from a name, call it
am always looking for that very imaginative technical explorer
who wants to take the theremin to the next level. I have
hundreds of webpages not seen by the public that could
guide you to your own personal ultimate instrument. If you
figure out how to contact me, tell a little about your
background. This is not for everyone. When it comes to
theremins many electronic engineers seem to have crippled
creativity due to the discipline of their training. They
travel down rabbit holes making a project so complicated
they don't know how to back up or change direction. They
continue to do the same thing over and over and over.
2014: My ten years
of guidance in the study of theremin design has now
It is Paul
Tanner, my friend, who now gives me inspiration with a
completely new approach to the electro-theremin or
what he just called The Box.
a new design being more fluid, demonstrating a richer sound,
practical to build and play, maybe $100 DIY. This would be
sound, not the cheesy digital sound running rampant in the music
world accepted by the younger generation who probably has never
appreciated the natural beauty of pure analog. If you have
listened to the original "Good Vibrations" the
whistle was a much "sweeter" fatter sine wave
sound, not the thin solid state sound accepted in today's
imitations and cell phones. Digital does have its place, it works best when used for
various control applications, like volume.
about having this Altermen electro-theremin
= Alternative Theremin
of Master Builder Tom Polk is an excellent design, construction and sound.
the Voice of a True Transistor
Heterodyning Theremin Few ever
discover what makes a natural theremin sound good, some misguide you into thinking it is the way
you play while others resort to digitally faking it. )-'
Mello Cello? The
Voice of Phoenix .mp3
to poor hearing and skill I am unable to play a tune but I move through the
perfectly linear pitch field, you will get the
idea. This is theremin direct to sound card so no enhancement, only by your computer speaker system.
sound samples, in digital theremins do you really want a nasty
engineers have been theremin developing for years and are still unable
to make a good sound.
Ideal Pitch Linearity found in the
Phoenix will one day be the only acceptable norm. All
theremins operating their pitch oscillators at 900 kHz will benefit from the
Antenna concept while the EtherWave Standard can have perfect pitch field
linearity using Agua
I bread boarded and tested a analog
operating at 900 kHz using miniature high Q shielded coils
and it also tuned for a "Perfectly Linear"
pitch field with a rich sound. Solid state tuning.
When you have true pitch linearity
the very low notes play a crisp vibrato. Transistor theremin
oscillators can give you a comparable tube osc sound but not
exactly that of the original
early tube/valve theremins.
is a more conventional mounting for the Lev
Look at the gold painted spring with the jewel on top. The spring uses an
internal 3/8" wood or plastic dowel to expand it 1/2"
mounted in a thin wall plastic tube for a gorgeous look!
are creative Phoenix designs by Master builder Dana A.
The time has come in the new millennium to evolve into what a true theremin
design should demonstrate.
A design that allows the audio/visual expressions of the Thereminist to be
Peek the Latest Tube/Valve Design in Process
Dragonfly inside Dana's Workshop 10.01.13
This journey will be > 100 photos upon completion
The first thing to notice are clean lines with no dangling cords, they exit out the
day all theremins will have a perfectly linear pitch field with the
authentic heterodyne sound.
do not hear well so you judge, this is theremin
direct to sound card
with a bit of reverb.
is the hybrid musical instrument Lev Sergeyevich intended Listen.mp3
foolish will tell you it is the way the theremin is played that
develops the interesting voice
without mentioning you need to have a good sound first.
Vision the theremin was revealed as art. There were no
antennas, dangling wires or cords on the floor, just stand
alone simplicity revealing beauty. The pitch rumbles low,
yet sings with the angels. Arm and hand movements control
the range of volume, octave change and pitch. It is
interesting to me that a beautiful pitch is easier to play.
It is as if the theremin finds joy in expressing herself.
This theremin is reality and affordable for those who wish
to share in the dream of Lev
Sergeyevich Termen . . . Christopher November