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For the Theremin’s 100th anniversary, Moog unveils the gorgeous Claravox Centennial – TechCrunch

It’s been a full century since Leon Theremin created the digital instrument bearing his identify, and to have a good time Moog is releasing what should certainly be the best-looking (and would be the best-sounding) Theremin of all time: the Claravox Centennial.

With a walnut cupboard, brass antennas, and a plethora of fantastic knobs and dials, the Claravox appears prefer it emerged from a prewar recording studio, as certainly is the intention.

It’s named after Clara Rockmore, the Soviet musician who performed the Theremin within the 1930s to broad acclaim (and possibly puzzlement) and contributed considerably to the celebrity of the instrument and to its design.

The one she performed, nevertheless, was a mere toy in comparison with those devised by digital music trailblazer Bob Moog, who constructed his personal from plans revealed in a 1949 journal. Later he would iterate on and enhance the instrument to make it the versatile but distinctive Theremin that may grow to be a staple in lots of genres alongside Moog’s personal synthesizers.

The Claravox isn’t meant to be a show piece, although. It’s the final word Theremin, filled with fashionable and old-school tech. You possibly can customise and change between analog and digital oscillators; the wave shaping circuit is from the Etherwave Professional; there’s a built-in delay and preset storage; the inputs and outputs permit to be used with plenty of sources and controllers; there’s even an identical stand (bought individually).

It really works the identical as Theremins all the time have: the antennas detect the place of 1’s fingers (or different objects) within the vary of their electrical fields, and one controls pitch whereas the opposite controls quantity. Taking part in the instrument is as a lot a efficiency because the music itself, as this glorious rendition of Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” reveals:

(and deep-pocketed) Theremin aficionados can pre-order their Claravox Centennial in the present day for $1,499. It ought to ship in December — simply in time for the vacations, if you wish to shock that particular, synth-loving somebody.

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Devin Coldewey