Fascination with the theremin, the otherworldly electronic musical instrument developed in the late s and early s out of Soviet. Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain. This led her to discover the theremin. Clara Rockmore, Master of the Theremin. Photo by Renato Toppo, courtesy of The Nadia Reisenberg – Clara Rockmore Foundation.

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You can manipulate the sound based on where your hands are relative to its antennae. Not only did Rockmore become the instrument’s most well-known performer, she also influenced its development. Professor Leon Theremin demonstrating his theremin on Dec. But her dream to be a musician wasn’t over. Fiction Free Audio Books: Share this project Therein.

Clara Rockmore: Story of the theremin virtuoso who inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones

That would change your tone. Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain.

New York City, May 10, is generally considered to be the most accomplished performer ever of the theremin electronic musical instrument. As a teenager, tendinitis affected her bow arm, attributed to childhood malnutrition, and resulted in her giving up the violin.

She was the first electronic music star—but one who never flamed out. In New York she met Louis Theremin, the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument. From Wikipediathe free encyclopedia: From the age of two she was pitch perfect and could identify melodies on the piano. Rockmore was without peer as a performer in the early decades of the instrument’s use.


How did the theremin influence music? Moving the light upwards increases the volume and moving it to the left and right switches notes. Born Clara Reisenberg, Rockmore was a child prodigy on the violin and entered the Imperial conservatory of Saint Petersburg at the age of five.

Veroboard is OK with voltages up to 50V. Check out the FAQ. Rockmore, however, did not always get the recognition she deserved: A Legendary Performer of an Enigmatic Instrument”. Pinging is currently not allowed. Learn What’s a Theremin? The theremin expert, who was born years ago on Mar.

We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. She had extremely precise, rapid control of her movements, important in playing an instrument that depends on the performer’s motion and proximity rather than touch.

Retrieved from ” https: Anyone who’s heard the theremin knows that no other instrument sounds quite like it — and anyone who’s heard Thheremin playing the theremin knows no other hheremin has ever sounded quite like hers.

This will be approximately six months ahead of its general release. Under her control, the theremin sounded like a blend of the cello, violin and human voice.

Estimated delivery Nov Retrieved 10 September Theremists normally use subtle gestures to create vibratto, which makes the notes warmer. Instead, thetemin sustained, like one of those wonky tones of the theremin. Archived from the original PDF on 8 July Wilson thought the instrument’s high-pitched, otherworldly voice was magical. Clara owned an RCA theremin given to her and substantially modified by Theremin.


On the other hand, the obvious challenge is the lack of frets or strings or keys that would ordinarily guide a musician.

I keep these sheets of paper as it, because as long I am working on that project, they are A Soviet byproduct like its creator, the theremin was patented in and was an immediate hit. The Doodle team worked with sound designer Manuel Clement and the Chome WebAudio team to create a “smooth sliding between frequencies and scaling vibrato,” said Will Knowles, a Google engineer.

Rockmore made orchestral appearances in New York and Philadelphia and went on coast-to-coast tours with Paul Robesonbut it was not until that she released a commercial recording called The Art of the Theremin.

Clara Rockmore: Story of the theremin virtuoso who inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones

Clara Rockmore made music from thin air. More of it has to do with what the few who have dared to master the theremin have achieved with it, and no discussion of the masters of the theremin can be complete without the name Clara Rockmore. T he theremin’s greatest influence on contemporary music was probably its impact rockmorw Robert Moog, the creator of the first voltage-controlled synthesizer.

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