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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:57 am    Post subject: Tannerin Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Theremin fans, how about the Tannerin. I just learned about his beast. Cool

http://electro-music.com/forum/topic-7455.html

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http://www.tompolk.com/Tannerin/Tannerin.html

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Isn't this (or something like it) what is actually being used to perform Good Vibrations now a days?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OK. I anwered my own question by going to the link. Cool instrument. Sort of a calibrated Theremin you touch.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes, check out the link under the picture.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The Tannerin, more commonly known as the Electro-Theremin, was invented by Bob Whitsell in 1958 and popularised by Glen Miller Trombonist Paul Tanner on albums like 'Music from Heavenly Bodies' (if you can get hold of a copy of that you are very, very lucky!). The definitive source of info is Dave Miller's site http://www.electrotheremin.com with heaps of info, interview with Paul Tanner, and lots of audio.
Myself and fellow theremin player Bruce Woolley discuss this instrument and play track on our audio show Switched On: Early Electronic Oddities.
http://www.hypnotique.net/switchedon/early_electronic_oddities.htm

I think the Electro-Theremin is a very different beast to an actual theremin - as many theremin players have recently dissected the question 'what is a theremin?' and apparently the dictionary definition is an instrument with two antennae for pitch and volume. The Electro-Theremin has none, and is thus a more close cousin to a conventional keyboard synthesizer instrument - the playing skills between theremin and Electro-Theremin are not really transferable. Likewise, those nasty buzzy little $50 theremins on Ebay inside plastic skulls, marmite jars, should actually be called a theremin as they have no expression (volume) facility, and rather limited musical facilities period. My opinion is that these things are theremins in the way that Fisher Price might call a plastic thing with four plastic strings a 'guitar' or a selection of cat and dog noises a 'keyboard'.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hypnotique wrote:
Myself and fellow theremin player Bruce Woolley discuss this instrument and play track on our audio show Switched On: Early Electronic Oddities.

http://www.hypnotique.net/switchedon/early_electronic_oddities.htm


What a great page, Susi, err... Miss Hypnotique. Your radio shows are superb. love

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi everybody Very Happy
I'm trying to build a Tannerin.I've made a square ware using IC 40106 but it is too harsh.I think I need a more smooth sound for Tannerin.I know it use a sine wave generator:do u know how to make it 9v battery powered? I would use it through a DIY ribbon controller I've made using a long strip of paper that I've covered with a pencil to control the frequency: I can misure along it 1Mohm resistence. (thank you graphite Wink )

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The Tannerin/Electro-Theremin is supposesed to be more accurate than Theremin. I wonder, why it is not more popular and if it would be a good analog continuous controller?

Despite reading Tanner's interwiev and looking pictures, I don't understand, how the Tannerin is operated.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It is operated by sliding your finger left and right just as you would a ribbon controller. There is a knob to control the volume.

Why it is not more popular one can only guess. I would think that it isn't as impressive visually, and, in the right hands, a Theremin is more expressive.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The answer to what Brian Wilson's using nowadays:

A man named Tom Polk built a special Tannerin for Brian Wilson to use on his 1999-2000 tour.

I'd imagine, based on the sound of the brilliant 2004 release of Smiley Smile, that the Tannerin was again used for the re-make of Good Vibrations on that recording.

In the documentary, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, there's footage of the Beach Boys playing the song, with Mike love using his specially built Tannerin -- it looks from the front like he's playing a leyboard, but a closeup of his hand shows him sliding a finger along a pre-marked ( so that he hits the right notes ) electrostatic strip.

Also in the same documentary, you get to see Brian Wilson attempt to play the famous coda from Good Vibrations on an ACTUAL theremin -- the result makes a good case for why they chose to use the Tannerin.

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