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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Us Conductors- Theremin's story
Max The Magnificent   9/8/2015 12:16:56 PM
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@antedeluvian: I highly reccomend the book.

I'll add it to my "Wish List" on Amazon

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Us Conductors- Theremin's story
antedeluvian   9/7/2015 2:36:49 PM
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I have almost finished reading (my e-reader's batteries just conked out) a book called "Us Conductors" by Sean Michaels. Based in fact, it is a fictional autobiography of Theremin. I compared it to the wikipedia entry and it follows quite closely. There is some fascinating stuff in there, including how he developed a bug that sat undetected in the US Ambassador's office in Moscow for 7 years. Although his descritption of life in the gulag is not as harrowing or confusing (because of the patronyms) as "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" they seem to be utterly believable, although the author seems to have had an entirely comfortable western life.

There are several engineering comments that indicate the author either has had electronic engineering experience or spent a lot of time with electronic engineers.


I highly reccomend the book.

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Re: A "Real" Theremin
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 1:38:01 PM
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@Duane: If I can figure that out, I'll see if I can use the SliceKit to make this Theremin

I want one, I want one!

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Re: A "Real" Theremin
Duane Benson   8/31/2014 6:25:00 PM
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I've been looking for a reasonable implementation of a Theremin for a while now. I have a small PSOC board, but I've never been able to get it to connect up to my computer, so that's out.

I've been experimencting with the Xmos Analog SliceKit, but It's not clear that it has capacitve touch inputs. If I can figure that out, I'll see if I can use the SliceKit to make this Theremin

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Re: DIY Theremin kit
Max The Magnificent   8/13/2014 9:33:25 AM
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@Elukac: ...The most difficult part is the wooden cabinet finishing :-)

I know just what you mean -- a lot of my projects feature wooden cabinets, and the look-and-feel of these can make-or-break the project.

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Re: DIY Theremin kit
Max The Magnificent   8/13/2014 9:32:05 AM
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@Elukac: A couple of years ago, I built the Theremin kit from PAIA...

This looks like a real nice kit ... now, the big question is "How often do you play it?"

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DIY Theremin kit
Elukac   8/12/2014 7:11:04 PM
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A couple of years ago, I built the Theremin kit from PAIA http://www.paia.com/theremax.asp.It sounds nice but needs recalibration from time to time.

The most difficult part is the wooden cabinet finishing :-)

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Re: A "Real" Theremin
Max The Magnificent   8/11/2014 9:52:47 AM
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@Jonathan Allen: ...Similarly I think a "real" theremin should use vacuum tubes and live in a wooden cabinet... 

I love vacuum tubes and wooden cabinets, but you can do so much with digital implementations, like the Theremini can be set up to lock on to individual notes and stuff like that.

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Re: A "Real" Theremin
dadeus   8/11/2014 6:46:12 AM
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Hey, I have a long wood saw and a violin bow I will sell you.  Too basic?

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A "Real" Theremin
Jonathan Allen   8/8/2014 5:49:30 PM
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A plastic violin might work, but something about it turns me off.  Similarly I think a "real" theremin should use vacuum tubes and live in a wooden cabinet.  But to each his own. 

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