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August 4, 2016 - Here's something for the history buffs. "The Theremin Played by Vera Richardson” Program Issued for Her Concert Series at the Dearborn Inn, c. 1935. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
July 28, 2016 - The theremin is for everybody. We mean EVERYBODY!
July 26, 2016 - The B3 Theremin popped up in Greece this summer. I'm still looking for video of this band! Thanks to Niki Farmaki for the post.
July 19, 2016 - Our Handheld Theremin makes a great gift! Thanks to Sara for sharing early unboxing photos of her generous present. It's so much fun!
July 14, 2016 - The National Music Museum has an RCA Theremin on display. Located at the University of South Dakota, it looks like the collections are endless and interesting. I'd like to visit. What about you?
July 6, 2016 - It's another episode of find the theremin! We love gear pics and this one from Italy's gianniunderworld is not an exception. We are proud to count him among 'our' musicians.
We always love seeing our instruments out and about. Do you have a picture or video you'd like to share? Send it along!
May 26, 2016 - Mr Theremin invented many other interesting items including the terpsitone. This musical instrument is fitted with space control antennae and lights. The dancer creates the music through their movement. Three were built, but only one known instrument survives.
May 16, 2016 - It's time for another episode of 'Find The B3 Deluxe Theremin'! Thanks to Instragram's DavidWilliamRoss for this interesting pic.
May 5, 2016 - Canada's Alvinstagrampana and his original B3 Pro theremin. This cherry wood beauty sounds and looks great!
April 6, 2016 - Today we bought a new piece of theremin art from the talented Paul Morris. His art can be viewed on his website. Many items are for sale in his Etsy shop, too. This piece is a great addition to our collection and will grace our walls for many years to come.
April 5, 2016 - Instagram posts made by 'our' musicians are always a welcome sight. Here is a taste of Spring posted by Bedazzledcat a little over a week ago. Can you spot the B3 Theremin?
Led Zepagain's Steve Zukowsky recently performed in the Symphonic Rock Show. JustAfan Photography captured this great shot of the Zep Theremin in action during the Las Vegas concert. If you get a chance to see Steve live, we recommend it!
The 2013 documentary 'Mr. Grillo - Thereminist' is now available via Vimeo. We are lucky and fortunate to count Thomas as a great friend of Burns Theremins. In addition to the documentary, his YouTube Channel provides hours of theremin music and insightful instruction. Check it out!
We are such fans of this new video, performance and composition by Canada's Victor Herbiet. By mounting the Zep Theremin on it's side, Victor has created a new way to play the theremin AND the saxophone - at the same time! Check out this wonderful performance. Sheet music is now available. We look forward to seeing what else this incredibly talented musician has for us in the future.
'Our' musicians are the best.
We LOVE this piece.
The December '14 issue of BBC Music features an excellent article about the theremin entitled, 'The Wave Machine'. If you peruse this publication, don't miss our advertisement, too!
Recently we were extremely fortunate to visit our friend Marios at his shop Amola Kalimba in Athens, Greece. Marios is the purveyor of fine, handmade instruments from all over the world - including Burns Theremins. Expect to see more photos of our visit.
The Musical Instrument Museum has established itself as a world class facility dedicated to the curation of all instruments. Burns Theremins is honored to count the B3 Pro Theremin as an addition to its permanent collection. Dan is pictured above with Linda Kirsh, Receiving Coordinator of the MIM, the world's only global instrument museum. If you have the opportunity to visit this impressive facility (located in Phoenix, AZ), by all means go!
Thereminist Randy George plays the B3 Deluxe Theremin to showcase his creation. To quote Randy, "In this video, Randy George performs Super Mario 3D World Themes on the theremin through the soon to be released pitch tracking software MIDI Merlin. This is the first demo of theremin controlling a software synthesizer via real-time low latency Audio to MIDI conversion." Very cool, Randy!
On Sunday, September 9, 2014, the CBC's Sunday Edition with Michael Enright devoted the entire show to the theremin. We thoroughly enjoyed the program which features thereminist Clara Venice and author Sean Michaels (US Conductors). We recommend clicking the link and settling back for a most enjoyable listen.
Back in 2009, Tesla's Frank Hannon added to his musical arsenal with the addition of several Burns Theremins models. Pictured above is Frank with one of his Zep Theremins. We are proud to include this great band in our theremin family.
Burns Theremin Featured on 'Law & Order: SVU'
Check out the episode entitled 'Hothouse' which includes play of the B3 Deluxe Theremin. It's just too cool for words to see our theremins on TV!
Darth Vader - Thereminist
Celebrities love our instruments! Impressing all those around, David Gorbe channels Darth Vader on the B3 Deluxe Theremin.
We love to see 'our' musicians in action. Please keep those pictures, videos and links coming! Thanks to David for originally posting this picture on our Facebook page.
Italy's Laslo Gottardi Rocks The Zep Theremin
Looks like my kinda festival! Laslo plays regularly in and around Bolzano, Italy. I'd like to see one of his performances.
If you attend a festival or concert and see/hear a theremin anywhere in the world, we'd like to know about it. Please drop us a note, a Facebook post or a tweet. If you get a picture, we'd like to see it. Let's spread the word.
Rocking The B3 Deluxe Theremin at Florida's Polacek Museum
Thanks to Bobbo Goldberg for the tip (and picture)!
A recent installation at the Polasek Museum in Winter Park, Florida featured our B3 Deluxe Theremin. Called 'Maidens and Monsters: The Art of Science Fiction, Adventure and Fantasy", we hope you had an opportunity to visit this wonderful installation.
Justin Conn Gigs With The Zep Theremin
Justin Conn has added the Zep Theremin to his repertoire. He recently gigged at 12th & Porter in Nashville. If you have an opportunity to check out this talented musician, by all means go! To quote Justin, "It's Southern fun 'n roll, for all mankind..."
Professor Philip Moriatry Explains the Theremin
Professor Philip Moriarty of the University of Nottingham explains the theremin - featuring the Zep Theremin!
This is one cool YouTube Video. Produced as part of the University's 'Sixty Symbols' event, Prof. Moriarty demos the Zep Theremin while all the while explaining the instrument in an entertaining and accessible way. Click on the picture - you'll be taken to a link where you can see the entire video. Brilliant!
Mississippi Arts Hour Features Thomas Grillo
Available via iTunes, this free podcast features musings and music. It's well worth the effort to track down this gem. We love it!
Have you run across other podcasts featuring the theremin? Let us know!
Jamming at Fondren Guitars
Impromptu gigs are the order of the day at Fondren Guitars, Jackson, MS. Visit this recommended retail outlet and join the band!
Thanks go out to everyone who came to Barry Schwam's live demo of the B3 Deluxe in Pasadena. New thereminists are minted everyday!
Thomas Grillo and the B3 Pro Theremin Featured in the Jackson Free Press
The article speaks for itself. Check it out!
Photo Courtesy of Larry Morrisey of the Jackson Free Press.
Golgotha Film Premiere
If you have an opportunity to see this film, don't wait - see it now. A labor of love by Atlanta's own Karla Jean Davis, Golgotha is a visual treat and an aural pleasure. The soundtrack is a gift to the theremin afficiandos everywhere. It may possibly contain more theremin music than any other motion picture. Thomas Grillo, Randy George and Kevin Kissinger all contributed to the score.
Thomas Grillo added a great deal to the evening by performing a haunting improv duet for a half hour before the screening. Playing the B3 Pro Theremin, he was accompanied by Joel Patchell on keyboards.
It was a special evening.
A Visit to Fondren Guitars, Jackson, MS
As Hurricane Gustav barrelled towards Louisiana, we visited Thomas Grillo during one of his performances at Fondren Guitars. It was our distinct pleasure to enjoy the jam and meet proprietor Patrick Harkins. If you find yourself in the area, stop by for a visit and enjoy the music.
B3 Deluxe Player Modification Alert!
Barry, aka 'Schwump', is a great friend of Burns Theremins and a former member of 'The Residents'. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, Barry has been making music for decades. It looks like the SchwumpBot is rockin' the B3 Deluxe. Maybe he'll make an appearance on the next DVD!
Burns Theremins at Bonnaroo!
At least two of our theremins made an appearance at Bonnaroo '08 in Tennessee. Lez Zeppelin showcased the Zep Theremin, while Morningbell's B3 Theremin rocked the crowds of Manchester. Check out Eric Atria's B3 Theremin with the custom paint job! If you know of others, let us know!
Lydia Kavina, Carolina Eyck & Dan!
Ether Music Fest, Asheville, NC was all things theremin for four days. Need I say more? An absolutely stellar lineup of performers including Lydia Kavina, Carolina Eyck, Thomas Grillo, Randy George, Kevin Kissinger and many more were in attendance for concerts, workshops and informal discussion.
Randy George, Thereminist and Inventor
Ether Music Fest, Asheville, NC. Thereminist Randy George explains the finer points of his handbuilt data glove to Dan.
Theremins + Baseball
Burns Theremins was the proud sponsor of the Walton County Recreation Department's Hurricanes Baseball Team. These incredible 5 & 6 year olds made it all the way to the championship game!
Sci Fi SummerCon
This Sci Fi convention in Marietta, GA is always fun. A yearly event, you can always count on the odd Klingon, fairy or Froddo to stop by our table.
Data's Brother Plays the Star Trek Theme
The celebration of 40 Years of Star Trek was a great opportunity to introduce theremins to a new generation of musicians, fans and new friends. We had a wonderful experience.
Robots Love Theremins
Dan built a smokin' robot especially for the Star Trek Celebration.
This guy was the most pleasant surprise of the day. A prodigy, we hope that he continues to play his convention acquired B3 Theremin to this day!
We were very fortunate that our booth at the 40 Years of Star Trek celebration was located next to Mario, John, Jesse and Travis. Mario Della Casa is a gifted artist. We really enjoyed watching him paint, viewing his art and spending time with our new friends.
South Carolina Guitar Expo
The 2006 South Carolina Guitar Expo provided us with a wonderful opportunity to meet theremin owners and collectors. Dan also had fun introducing new, potential players to the art of the theremin. Thanks to everyone who came out and stopped by the booth. It was a great show.
Inaugural Tulsa Guitar and String Show
This show was a huge success! Many theremins now have new homes and Dan performed a stage demonstration. We continue to feel honored that we could be a part the beginning of a great annual event.
Guitar Neck Theremin Player
Tulsa provided many opportunities to try out different theremin models. This multi-tasking musician enjoyed playing the theremin and the guitar - at the same time!
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors
Burns Theremins traveled to Chicago for Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors. Filmmakers, actors, actresses, artists and fans alike enjoyed their chance to get their theremin(s) directly from Dan.