Watched A Clockwork Orange on the movie channel last night. Who would think a movie done in the ‘60s could still be relevant today. Ultraviolence, man. Seems like that’s what our times are about. What really got me was the music, so I checked it out and I gotta say I think that may have been the start of where we’re at today with all our digital effects. But they did it all with analog… with theremins and Moog synthesizers.

Theremins are just a pair of antennas connected to an oscillator. When you pass your hand in front of one, the volume goes up and down… in front of the other and the pitch rises and falls. It’s cool… and spooky. Laurie Anderson sometimes performs wearing clothing with theremin-like instruments built in.

A Moog synthesizer uses analog tec

h to modify waveforms and produce sounds that sound like – sort of – different instruments, from pianos and guitars to drums and trumpets. You play on a keyboard and it produces cools music. The way that it’s different a from the instruments it is emulating is what makes Moogs so cool.  I use a MiniMoog as part of my gear.

MiniMoog

MiniMoog

Etherwave Theremin

Etherwave Theremin