It is been a whole century since Leon Theremin developed the electronic instrument bearing his title, and to celebrate Moog is releasing what will have to certainly be the finest-hunting (and may perhaps be the finest-sounding) Theremin of all time: the Claravox Centennial.
With a walnut cupboard, brass antennas, and a plethora of fantastic knobs and dials, the Claravox seems to be like it emerged from a prewar recording studio, as in truth is the intention.
It is named just after Clara Rockmore, the Soviet musician who performed the Theremin in the 1930s to vast acclaim (and probably puzzlement) and contributed appreciably to the fame of the instrument and to its design and style.
The 1 she performed, nevertheless, was a mere toy compared to the types devised by electronic songs trailblazer Bob Moog, who built his own from options posted in a 1949 journal. Later on he would iterate on and strengthen the instrument to make it the adaptable however exclusive Theremin that would turn out to be a staple in numerous genres together with Moog’s individual synthesizers.
The Claravox isn’t meant to be a show piece, even though. It’s the final Theremin, packed with modern-day and aged-university tech. You can customize and swap concerning analog and electronic oscillators the wave shaping circuit is from the Etherwave Pro there is a crafted-in delay and preset storage the inputs and outputs allow for use with lots of sources and controllers there’s even a matching stand (marketed individually).
It performs the exact same as Theremins generally have: the antennas detect the placement of one’s palms (or other objects) in the range of their electrical fields, and 1 controls pitch although the other controls volume. Actively playing the instrument is as a great deal a effectiveness as the music itself, as this fantastic rendition of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” displays:
Intrigued (and deep-pocketed) Theremin aficionados can pre-order their Claravox Centennial today for $1,499. It should really ship in December — just in time for the vacations, if you want to shock that unique, synth-loving an individual.