At 6 PM next Wednesday, May 30, we’re exciting to once again host thereminist/performer/all-around amazing human Kip Rosser on behalf of Observatory, this time at our monthly Manhattan event (details here). Check out Kip’s music:
In 1919, Lev Sergeivitch Termen, known throughout the world as Leon Theremin, invented the first synthesizer. Originally dubbed the Aetherphone, the Theremin remains the only musical instrument played without being touched. His genius did not stop there. A prodigious inventor and visionary, he went on to revolutionize the fields of communications, surveillance, and even Macy’s window displays.
Theremin suffered (and miraculously survived) the pitfalls that brought down many of history’s geniuses, a classic combination of volatile personality traits, poor judgement, and the striking of an almost Faustian bargain with those in a position to help him…
If you’ve never seen a Theremin in action, definitely stop by Cornelia Street Cafe and witness one of the most original (and melodious) blendings of human and technical object.