Comments for theremin major http://thereminjen.com notes from me and my moog etherwave pro Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:17:27 +0000 http://wordpress.com/ hourly 1 Comment on About Jen by JaneW http://thereminjen.com/about/#comment-129 JaneW Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:17:27 +0000 #comment-129 Hi Jen, I've been following your blog with great interest since the beginning. My university music experience was very similar to yours, albeit as a pianist not as a thereminist. Anyway, I've been playing a lot more theremin these days, and am interested in meeting you next time I am in NYC, and perhaps doing some collaboration? Hi Jen,

I’ve been following your blog with great interest since the beginning. My university music experience was very similar to yours, albeit as a pianist not as a thereminist. Anyway, I’ve been playing a lot more theremin these days, and am interested in meeting you next time I am in NYC, and perhaps doing some collaboration?

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Comment on Juries! by Jon http://thereminjen.com/2008/05/06/juries/#comment-126 Jon Tue, 06 May 2008 15:40:41 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/?p=72#comment-126 Huzzah! Well done, Jen. Congratulations! Huzzah! Well done, Jen. Congratulations!

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Comment on Message in a Bottle by Eliza http://thereminjen.com/2008/02/08/message-in-a-bottle/#comment-125 Eliza Wed, 30 Apr 2008 21:11:41 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/?p=61#comment-125 Tag. http://www.elizaskinner.net/2008/04/30/unremarkable-tag/ Tag.
http://www.elizaskinner.net/2008/04/30/unremarkable-tag/

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Comment on Message in a Bottle by Brian Robison http://thereminjen.com/2008/02/08/message-in-a-bottle/#comment-124 Brian Robison Mon, 03 Mar 2008 13:43:06 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/?p=61#comment-124 P.P.S. And of course, there's the aria from Heitor Villa-Lobos's *Bachiana brasileira* no. 5. After the Rakhmaninov, it's perhaps the best-known soprano vocalise... the hard part is the syllabic middle section... so start brushing up your Portuguese! P.P.S.
And of course, there’s the aria from Heitor Villa-Lobos’s *Bachiana brasileira* no. 5. After the Rakhmaninov, it’s perhaps the best-known soprano vocalise… the hard part is the syllabic middle section… so start brushing up your Portuguese!

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Comment on Message in a Bottle by Brian Robison http://thereminjen.com/2008/02/08/message-in-a-bottle/#comment-123 Brian Robison Mon, 03 Mar 2008 13:38:18 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/?p=61#comment-123 Hi, Jen-- I'm currently working up "Louange a l'Immortalité de Jésus," a violin-and-piano duo which is the last movement in Olivier Messiaen's *Quatuor pour la fin du temps*. (slow tempo) + (small melodic intervals) + (almost sort-of tonal) = nearly* perfect for theremin! *The only catch is the high register of parts of the piece, especially the end, which pretty much require playing the piece on an ePro on its high register setting. Bon appetit, Br. P.S. What's the "freaky messy nonsense"? Please name names. :-) (Seriously, I ask because last year I wrote a trio for soprano, theremin, and vibraphone, but... maybe it's freaky messy nonsense? I've posted a few rehearsal clips on my website.) Hi, Jen–

I’m currently working up “Louange a l’Immortalité de Jésus,” a violin-and-piano duo which is the last movement in Olivier Messiaen’s *Quatuor pour la fin du temps*.

(slow tempo) + (small melodic intervals) + (almost sort-of tonal) = nearly* perfect for theremin!

*The only catch is the high register of parts of the piece, especially the end, which pretty much require playing the piece on an ePro on its high register setting.

Bon appetit,

Br.

P.S. What’s the “freaky messy nonsense”? Please name names. :-)
(Seriously, I ask because last year I wrote a trio for soprano, theremin, and vibraphone, but… maybe it’s freaky messy nonsense? I’ve posted a few rehearsal clips on my website.)

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Comment on About Jen by Matt http://thereminjen.com/about/#comment-122 Matt Tue, 19 Feb 2008 19:17:25 +0000 #comment-122 Hello Jen, I'm a freelance videojournalist and I'm working on a series of stories about inventive/creative people called Geek World. The videos focus on characters who passionately work on their craft(s). We use the phrase, "Geek" loosely because we are not seeking tech stories as much as we're focusing on people who know what they're talking about and can walk us through a little slice of their world. If you're available I would like to speak to you about the possibility of interviewing you for one of the upcoming GeekWorld episodes. I am especially interested in your work on the Theremin, which strikes me as beautiful and intriguing instrument. The interview would take about an hour and the final product would be a short web video and a possible written profile. I'm based in Long Island City and would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to write back or call me at either of the numbers listed below. Cheers, Matt Matt M. Rivera www.moose3.com mobile: 516.238.9014 office: 917.779.9224 Moose Productions Hello Jen,

I’m a freelance videojournalist and I’m working on a series of stories about inventive/creative people called Geek World. The videos focus on characters who passionately work on their craft(s). We use the phrase, “Geek” loosely because we are not seeking tech stories as much as we’re focusing on people who know what they’re talking about and can walk us through a little slice of their world.

If you’re available I would like to speak to you about the possibility of interviewing you for one of the upcoming GeekWorld episodes. I am especially interested in your work on the Theremin, which strikes me as beautiful and intriguing instrument. The interview would take about an hour and the final product would be a short web video and a possible written profile.

I’m based in Long Island City and would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to write back or call me at either of the numbers listed below.

Cheers,
Matt

Matt M. Rivera
http://www.moose3.com
mobile: 516.238.9014
office: 917.779.9224
Moose Productions

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Comment on Let’s get back to BIZ-NIZ! by Brian Robison http://thereminjen.com/2007/12/28/lets-get-back-to-biz-niz/#comment-111 Brian Robison Fri, 11 Jan 2008 06:02:40 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/lets-get-back-to-biz-niz/#comment-111 Likewise, glad to see you're back! Did I already recommend the Kingsbury book to you? If not, do check it out; it ought to help put your experiences in perspective (especially the less pleasant ones). The book is: Henry Kingsbury Music, talent and performance: A conservatory cultural system Philadelphia: Temple U. Pr., 1988 (and I think it was reprinted in 2001) Likewise, glad to see you’re back!

Did I already recommend the Kingsbury book to you? If not, do check it out; it ought to help put your experiences in perspective (especially the less pleasant ones).

The book is:
Henry Kingsbury
Music, talent and performance: A conservatory cultural system
Philadelphia: Temple U. Pr., 1988
(and I think it was reprinted in 2001)

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Comment on Let’s get back to BIZ-NIZ! by Jon B http://thereminjen.com/2007/12/28/lets-get-back-to-biz-niz/#comment-108 Jon B Sun, 30 Dec 2007 01:15:44 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/lets-get-back-to-biz-niz/#comment-108 Yay! I've missed your posts. Somehow, the facebook mini-feed just doesn't provide the same satisfaction. Yay! I’ve missed your posts. Somehow, the facebook mini-feed just doesn’t provide the same satisfaction.

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Comment on Music by ian http://thereminjen.com/music/#comment-83 ian Sat, 25 Aug 2007 03:10:20 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/music/#comment-83 Very nice! Have you put a cd/mp3s out for download yet? Cheers -Ian Very nice!
Have you put a cd/mp3s out for download yet?

Cheers
-Ian

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Comment on Music by Charlie Draper http://thereminjen.com/music/#comment-82 Charlie Draper Fri, 24 Aug 2007 21:58:01 +0000 http://thereminjen.wordpress.com/music/#comment-82 Jen I never got to hear you play in person at Hands Off, but congrats! You've got some skills. I particularly liked your choice of timbre for 'Vocalise.' I too disagree about the swelling. It's really hard to get good volume control on the E'Pro - generally players have a choice of about 20% variation in loudness, or intermittent silence and noise closer to the loop. The trick is to turn up the amplifier really loud, and make smaller gestures. It looks less interesting from a distance than flourishing your volume hand dramatically. . . but ultimately the sound benefits. Volume control is a nightmare on the E'Pro. It's a fact. Improving ones ability to shape notes will come from two things. Experimenting constantly, and listening to other musicians critically. Unfortunately, Clara's advice (and the general consensus) to 'mold notes beautifully' or whatever doesn't really cut it. :S Jen

I never got to hear you play in person at Hands Off, but congrats! You’ve got some skills. I particularly liked your choice of timbre for ‘Vocalise.’

I too disagree about the swelling. It’s really hard to get good volume control on the E’Pro – generally players have a choice of about 20% variation in loudness, or intermittent silence and noise closer to the loop. The trick is to turn up the amplifier really loud, and make smaller gestures. It looks less interesting from a distance than flourishing your volume hand dramatically. . . but ultimately the sound benefits.

Volume control is a nightmare on the E’Pro. It’s a fact. Improving ones ability to shape notes will come from two things. Experimenting constantly, and listening to other musicians critically. Unfortunately, Clara’s advice (and the general consensus) to ‘mold notes beautifully’ or whatever doesn’t really cut it. :S

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