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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Rockmore, however, did not always get the recognition she deserved: That pupil was, according to Carnegie Hall recordsone Clara Reisenberg—or, as she was rodkmore known after her marriage, Clara Rockmore.

Sep 3, – Oct 3, 30 days. Moving the light upwards increases the volume and moving it to the left and right switches notes. She also discovered that she could achieve a steadier tone and control the vibrato by keeping the tips of her right-hand thumb and forefinger in contact.

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Clara Rockmore

She studied violin under the virtuoso Leopold Auer, and remains to this day the youngest student ever to be admitted to the institution. Moving your pitch hand closer towards the vertical antenna produces a higher note, and further rockmoree produces a lower one.

T he Google Doodle version of the theremin translates the two hand movement into an interative white light that controls the pitch and volume. Clara Reisenberg Rockmore 9 March — 10 May [2] was a classical violin prodigy [3] and a virtuoso performer of the thereminan electronic musical instrument.


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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. Kickstarter is not a rokcmore.

With these, it is possible to use one wire for the signal ground, one wire for the signal, they will Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was also known for keeping a theremin onstage, which he played during extended versions of “Whole Lotta Love” and “No Quarter”.

Click the Donate button and support Open Culture. Leave a Reply Name required Email required Message. In New York she met Louis Theremin, the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument.

Clara Rockmore: Theremin Witch

Visit our adblocking instructions page. We chose the wood texture for its similarity to the wood of Clara’s RCA theremin. Such suggestions, like a faster volume antenna, wider musical range, and control over the instrument’s tone colour were i ncorporated by the inventor in later versions.

T he theremin’s greatest influence on contemporary music was probably its impact on Robert Moog, the creator of the first voltage-controlled synthesizer. New York Gheremin, May 10, is generally considered to be the most accomplished performer ever of the theremin electronic musical instrument. As you just heard, the theremin is a truly bizarre and unique instrument—somewhere between the violin, kazoo, and synthesizer.

She convinced Theremin that it should be made more responsive and offer a greater range clada notes 5 octaves instead of 3.


She developed a whole technique for playing the instrument, including a fingering system, which allowed her to accurately perform fast passages and large note leaps without the much known glissando on theremin. Theremin made several other customizations including improvements to tonal quality and its responsiveness to hand movements.

Theremin World – Clara Rockmore

The result was even more difficult to play well, but Rockmore found that it allowed for greater artistry. As a teenager, tendinitis affected her bow arm, attributed to childhood malnutrition, and resulted in her giving up the violin.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rockmore, as the mature musician she was, saw the limitations clada the original instrument and helped to develop the instrument to fulfill her needs, rocomore several suggestions to improve the theremin as a performing instrument.

From Wikipediathe free encyclopedia: Engineer Will Knowles explained that the first attempt at recreating the theremin sound was fairly straightforward: Thank you for your support.

How did the theremin influence music?

Born Clara Reisenberg more than a century ago in in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, the young Clara was recognized early on as a virtuoso violin player and began a mentorship under famed Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer—at the age of four!