Issue 70 & Vinyl Bundle
Were marking 100 years since the invention of THE THEREMIN in this months Electronic Sound. We have a fantastic yellow vinyl EP featuring four tracks by some of the worlds leading thereminists too.
Russian boffin Leon Theremin was meant to have been constructing a sonar system when he came up with his iconic electronic instrument. Goodness only knows how audiences reacted when they first heard its ghostly wail, which had no real precedent in music. Whats more, you didnt even have to touch the instrument to play it. You seemingly just had to wave your hands about somewhere in the vicinity.
We have interviewed a host of contemporary thereminists for our in-depth cover feature, including top players such as Herb Deutsch, Gaudi, Dorit Chrysler, Bruce Woolley, Carolina Eyck, Charlie Draper, Javier Díez Ena and more. We also have a piece about the incredible double life of Leon Theremin by his biographer Albert Glinsky. As well as being the inventor of a bizarre musical instrument, Theremin was a key figure in the Soviet Unions espionage activities, his other creations including a device that snooped on the American Embassy in Moscow for several years.
Elsewhere this issue, weve interviews with Roísín Murphy, Global Communication and A Certain Ratio, while Kris Needs pays tribute to Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples, who sadly died last month. We talk to Annie Nightingale, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Jane In Palma and C418 too. The latter is the man responsible for the music of Minecraft, the best-selling video game of all time. Yes, its sold even more copies than Pong.
To accompany this issue, we have an exclusive seven-inch EP featuring four tracks of top quality sonic voodoo by some of the worlds foremost theremin players. On one side of Theremin One Hundred Years we have Herb Deutsch, a close associate of Robert Moog in the mid-1960s, and Dorit Chrysler, co-founder of the New York Theremin Society. Flip the record over for Gaudi, who has pioneered the use of the theremin in dub music, and The Radio Science Orchestra, an outfit formed by songwriter Bruce Woolley, whose credits include The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star. And if all thats not enough for you, the EP is on sunny yellow vinyl too. Sunglasses at the ready.
As with all of our seven-inch releases, this record is strictly limited and exclusive to readers of Electronic Sound, so make sure you grab your copy while you can.