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David Ashton
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David Ashton   8/7/2014 5:42:48 AM
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The song where most of use first heard a Theremin (though we may not have realised it at the time, I didn't) was the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations".  So I hope you'll soon be posting a video of you playing that on your Ukelele, multi-tracked on the PSoC Theremin?

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 10:46:01 AM
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@David: The song where most of use first heard a Theremin (though we may not have realised it at the time, I didn't) was the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations".

I had no idea -- I'll have to listen to it again as soon as I get a spare moment.

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 10:46:40 AM
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@David: I hope you'll soon be posting a video of you playing that on your Ukelele, multi-tracked on the PSoC Theremin?

Hope springs eternal...

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Re: Theremins
Sheepdoll   8/7/2014 12:38:57 PM
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spellbound

Susan Rambo
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theremini
Susan Rambo   8/7/2014 9:11:18 AM
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Hi Max, When you get your Theremini (and I'm sure it will end up in your office...er..."Pleasure Dome"), you could post a short video comment with you playing it.

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 10:48:24 AM
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@Susan: When you get your Theremini (and I'm sure it will end up in your office...er..."Pleasure Dome"), you could post a short video comment with you playing it.

I think EE Times should buy me one for research purposes -- I could do a tear-down (said Max, hopefully :-)

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Re: theremini
Susan Rambo   8/7/2014 11:54:44 AM
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@Max, what would you rather have: a ultra sleek Theremini or the joy of making one yourself?

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 2:03:14 PM
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@Susan: ...what would you rather have: a ultra sleek Theremini or the joy of making one yourself?

I've already had the joy of making one myself -- now I'l like to play with one that works (LOL), so if you're offering to buy me one I'll take the ultra sleek Theremini :-)

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Re: theremini
Susan Rambo   8/7/2014 5:36:43 PM
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Signing off on such a thing is above my pay grade, Max!

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2014 6:00:30 PM
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@Susan: Signing off on such a thing is above my pay grade, Max!

Be brave! It's easier to beg forgiveness than it is to ask permission LOL

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Re: theremini
damngoodengineer   8/7/2014 6:32:31 PM
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How about using a Leap Motion controller instead?

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Re: theremini
Susan Rambo   8/7/2014 8:14:13 PM
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@Max: Be brave! It's easier to beg forgiveness

LOL. You are tricky. Maybe damngoodengineer has a damngoodpoint: How about using a Leap Motion controller instead?

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Re: theremini
arlenm   8/8/2014 3:25:13 PM
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For theremin fans, there's a very enjoyable new novel out now, inspired by the life of Lev Termen:

"Us Conductors is a beautiful, haunting novel inspired by the true story of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen - creator of the theremin - and of Clara Rockmore - its greatest player."

"Roving from Manhattan speakeasies to the Siberian taiga, from Alcatraz to the Kremlin, this is a book of love and electricity, jazz and espionage - filled with music, longing, and a little kung fu."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935639811/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1935639811&linkCode=as2&tag=gramophoned-20

Recommended!

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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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