PMB042 Woo: Messer Chups, Lydia Kavina, Clara Rockmore, The Simonsound, Natalia Paruz, Johnny Keating, Project Pimento, Paul Tanner, Theremin Hero

At the suggestion of listener John Toolan, we thought it would be a good idea to explore the wooooo-like sound world of the theremin and some of the other instruments in this musical family. So on this week’s show you’ll hear theremin performances from Leon Theremin’s grand-niece Lydia Kavina, his protege Clara Rockmore as well as two (yes two!) versions of show favourite Caravan on the theremin. We also have a track by Edinburgh-based thereminist Theremin Hero who specialises in playing video game soundtracks on his instrument: what a perfect Moonbase combination!

The show is not all about the theremin, however. There are also examples of musical saw playing (from Natalia Paruz (aka The Saw Lady)) and Paul Tanner playing his own development of the theremin, the tannerin. The tannerin is probably the most often heard member of this family of instruments as it provided the distinctive electronic sounds on the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations.

There’s also a chance to hear a track from the latest project by friends of the show, The Simonsound who have recorded a 7″ single with Liverpudlian chanteuse Laura J Martin.

Numerological fans of the show and of Douglas Adams will also have noticed that this week’s show is episode 42. So we’ve also sprinkled a few choice selections from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy throughout the show too.

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The Music

1. Douglas Adams:In The Beginning from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Buy on Amazon
2. Celebrate Boston:Hitch Hikers Theme Watch
3. Messer Chups & Lydia Kavina:Import-Export MP3 from Black Black Magic Buy on Amazon Black Black Magic - Messer Chups & Lydia Kavina
4. Clara Rockmore:Requiebros from Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album Buy on Amazon Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album - Clara Rockmore
5. Natalia Paruz/Scott Munson:Another Earth from I Saw the Future Buy
6. BBC Radio Collection:The Encyclopaedia Galactica from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Buy on Amazon
7. John Keating:Upon Another Earth MP3 from Space Experience, Vol. 1 & 2 Buy on Amazon Space Experience, Vol. 1 & 2 - John Keating
8. Laura J Martin and The Simonsound:B Spy (The Simonsound Remix) Buy
9. Mable:Caravan from Shokou Mini Album – Matrioshka Shaped Theremin Ensemble
10. Project: Pimento:Caravan from Magical Moods of the Theremin Buy on Amazon
11. Woodshed1:Hitch Hikers Theme on Ukulele Watch
12. Paul Tanner:I Wished on the Moon from Music for Heavenly Bodies Buy on Amazon Music for Heavenly Bodies - Paul Tanner
13. Theremin Hero:Zelda Ocarina of Time Watch
14. The Radio Science Orchestra:Aqua Marina from Memories of the Future Memories of the Future - The Radio Science Orchestra

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