Leon Theremin Plays the Theremin
The Theremin is a unique instrument. You don’t touch it to play it. Invented by Profesor Lev Sergeyvich Termen, later known as Leon Theremin, in 1919, it is one of the first electronic instruments.
It works by capacitance and heterodyning. Most have two antennas, waving your hand in front of one controls the amplitude (volume) and the other the pitch. The closer you move the volume hand, the quieter it gets and the closer your pitch hand is, the higher the pitch. It is also fairly difficult to play. You need much practice and a good ear for pitch.
Due to its ethereal-spacey sound, it has been used in many science fiction works including Dr. Who. It has a sound that lends itself well to the genre. It also gained recognition when Jimmy Page used it in some of Led Zeppelin’s music.
Check out the inventor performing on his instrument in the video below.
Leon Theremin and His Wonderful Theremin
If you wish to watch more Theremin videos, you can check some out at Open Culture which is where I found the above video. If you would really like to find more about the instrument itself, I would suggest Theremin World. Also of note, the professor did not stop with just the Theremin, he also created a Theremin Cello.
The Beatles on HD and Streaming Services
I am a Beatles fan. I have been since I was a small child. I actually remember the day Abbey Road was released. I was six years old. What was big news then is now history.
In case you missed it, they made what I believe will be, perhaps not historic, but at the least a milestone release on Christmas Eve. In the video below, a short 35-second mix of various Fab Four hits, announces that The Beatles are now available on nine streaming music services. (Source)
The Beatles are now streamable at:
- Apple Music
- Google Play
- Amazon Prime Music
- Microsoft Groove
- Slacker Radio
In case you noticed that Pandora and iHeart are not on the list, it is because The Beatles have always been available on those services. Tech Times has more details about why.
I think this is pretty awesome news. I also discovered that they have released many HD videos as well. I am going to share one of my favorites below and there will be a link to the Open Culture article which has many more videos at the bottom of this post.
The article at Open Culture also goes into how John, Paul, George and Ringo were ahead of their time. Obviously, these videos were not made any time recent. While a few other bands in that era did movies and videos, The Beatles and The Monkees were likely the most progressive regarding what we now call “music videos”. Most other videos of the time were more like documentaries or simply concert videos. Hopefully, more and more “main-stream” artist will get with the new media order and embrace what the listeners want and not treat new technology like a mobster.
The Beatles – Revolution
Here Are a Few Places to Find Christmas Music
Merry Christmas All,
While many of my fellow Americans are enjoying our usually warm December weather, it is not for me. I want the ground white, especially on Christmas. I am doing what I can to get myself in the spirit. I already pulled out my CD of Bing’s White Christmas and am now listening to The Celtic Music Podcast. It is working and I thought I would share some of the places I find Christmas music. The links I am about to share should give you more than enough music to get you though both the eve and the day.
- If you like Marc Gunn’s Irish and Celtic Podcast, he has all his Celtic Christmas Music.
- For you podsafe buff, Uwe Herman has a great list of podsafe Christmas music.
- Openculture.com alos has a great list of Christmas music, 22 hours of it in total.
I also found this Scott Weiland Winter Wonderland video over at Open Culture and thought I would share it here.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.
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One of His Best Performances – BB King at Sing Sing
I am a BB King fan. I actually got to meet him once. I feel blessed. If I recall correctly, I saw him perform three times. Despite growing up in the 70s, I am certain I could not forget seeing this legend.
I happened on the video below at Open Culture. As mentioned in the article, link after the video, he thought it one of his best performances. I have seen this and many other of his videos before and I agree.
If you liked the video above, check out the additional ones at Open Culture.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment and remember to support the indie artist.
Bitter’s Kiss – A Young and Rising Talent
Bitter’s Kiss is an indie pop artist from Weehawken, New Jersey. It is the work of Chloe Baker. She has a pleasing voice, writes great lyrics, uses her voice to deliver them beautifully, backs it with music with a nice touch of variety and is something worth listening to.
I will elaborate further on why I like this young talent soon but, for now, let us hear what she has to say about her work, from the artist’s About Page:
bitter’s kiss, current project of New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Chloe Baker, invites the listener into a world of joy, pain, sorrow and redemption that reflects the humanity in all of us. With a voice that is melodic, delicate and at times haunting, Chloe explores a range of styles as she describes her own observations and experience through music and words.”
More Music Videos for Celtic Thursday – Drunken Lullabies from Flogging Molly
w00t! Today is Celtic Thursday. An awesome idea from the equally awesome Marc Gunn. While we at Indie Nation spin all genre, Brian, our tech and news director, though Marc’s idea kewl enough to reprogram our bot to spin all Celtic music from 10 AM to 10 PM DST every Thursday.
To Kick Off Celtic Thursday – The Maid and the Mill
Marc Gunn is well liked by us here at indienation.fm for many good reasons. He does great music, he shares it, he supports Celtic music and, most relevant to this post, he came up with the idea of #CelticThursdays. The idea is simple. Use the hash tag #CelticThurday to promote Celtic music every Thursday. Brian, our news and tech director, liked the idea so much that he found over 15 hours of Celtic music and reprogramed the bot to play Celtic music every Thursday from 10 AM to 10 PM DST. So to kick off the event for today, check out Marc Gunn’s video The Maid and the Mill.
To find out more about Celtic music and how to support it check out his celticmusic.org site.
- Today is Celtic Thursday (indienation.fm)
- Ceili Moss (indienation.fm)
- Musician Marc Gunn’s on target with “A Celtic Christmas” CD (irishcentral.com)
- Marc Gunn – Firefly Drinking Songs (indienation.fm)
Junior Brown – Better Call Saul, A Breaking Bad Spin-Off
To be truthful, I am not a fan of Breaking Bad. While I think it is well written, produced, and directed with a great cast, I just could not get into the series. In other words, I can understand why so many people are crazy for the series.
AMC has announced a spin-off, Better Call Saul. It is a prequel to the hit series. While there is not much being said about the series as of yet, AMC did post a video featuring Junior Brown. The lyrics are by the show’s creators. I think the song and the video are both excellent.
You can find out more about this upcoming television series at AMC. They have a few teaser videos there as well. Better Call Saul will launch in February of 2015.
- SNEAK PREVIEW: Better Call Saul ‘The Song’ (newsnet5.com)
- Are You A Criminal Who Likes Country Ditties? Listen To “Better Call Saul: The Song” (pophangover.com)
- Brief new teaser appears for Better Call Saul (denofgeek.com)
Polyphonic Singing – Singing Two Notes at Once
I remember seeing Tibetan monks singing on TV. They were generating multiple tones at the same time. This Open Culture post immediately reminded me of that event. I am not sure if they were doing exactly what Anna-Maria Hefele is doing in this video but she is amazing nonetheless.
- This Woman’s Polyphonic Overtone Singing Doesn’t Sound Humanly Possible (worldduh.com)
- Polyphonic Singing Is Weird and Amazing (neatorama.com)
- This Woman’s Mindblowing Talent Involves Singing Multiple Notes At Once (buzzfeed.com)
They Might Be Giants is Bringing Back Dial a Song
While I might be giving away my age, I do remember when they first launched this back in 1983. Well guess what?
I can’t wait until January 2015!