Not the typical instrument for any DJ or Producer’s beat-making toolbox, the Moog Music Etherwave Theremin certainly is an intriguing one. For those that haven’t heard or heard of the Theremin think about those old black and white, so called, scary horror movies with the little eerie hi pitched to mid tone oscillating whistle sound. It’s the sound they used when the que called for suspense. Well, that’s the Theremin. A rather obscure instrument that is, in recent times finding it’s way into popular music. Ke$ha plays one in her act, for instance.
Moog has always been an innovator and purveyor of keeping the Theremin alive. Back in electronics / tech school I even had plans to build one for my senior project. Those plans were thwarted when I found that I could volunteer to refirb computers for 8 hours per week for a few weeks to satisfy my senior project requirement. Still I’ve always gawked at the Moog Theremin and contemplated incorporating it into my beat-making arsenal along side the slim phatty and MPC. So it was to my delight to see Lushlife rocking one on MoogMusic.com. Not to mention it was a pretty nice gesture for Moog Music to gift Lush’ with his very own Theremin on the way out the door. Now I’m even more intrigued. So the Moog Theremin goes on my short list.
“Philadelphia based MC/Producer Raj Haldar AKA Lushlife, creatively demonstrates how to drop hot bars while using the Theremin he received here at the Moog factory. Here, Lushlife performs his song Meridian Sounds part III, from his 2009 album Cassette City, and talks about the joy of receiving his Etherwave Theremin after his visit to Moog.” -Moogmusic.com