It’s been a full century since Leon Theremin created the digital instrument bearing his title, and to rejoice Moog is releasing what should certainly be the best-looking (and could be the best-sounding) Theremin of all time: the Claravox Centennial.

With a walnut cupboard, brass antennas, and a plethora of fantastic knobs and dials, the Claravox seems prefer it emerged from a prewar recording studio, as certainly is the intention.

It’s named after Clara Rockmore, the Soviet musician who performed the Theremin within the 1930s to large acclaim (and possibly puzzlement) and contributed considerably to the celebrity of the instrument and to its design.

The one she performed, nevertheless, was a mere toy in comparison with those devised by digital music trailblazer Bob Moog, who constructed his personal from plans revealed in a 1949 journal. Later he would iterate on and enhance the instrument to make it the versatile but distinctive Theremin that will turn out to be a staple in lots of genres alongside Moog’s personal synthesizers.

The Claravox isn’t meant to be a show piece, although. It’s the last word Theremin, filled with trendy and old-school tech. You possibly can customise and swap between analog and digital oscillators; the wave shaping circuit is from the Etherwave Professional; there’s a built-in delay and preset storage; the inputs and outputs enable to be used with a lot of sources and controllers; there’s even an identical stand (bought individually).

It really works the identical as Theremins all the time have: the antennas detect the place of 1’s fingers (or different objects) within the vary of their electrical fields, and one controls pitch whereas the opposite controls quantity. Enjoying the instrument is as a lot a efficiency because the music itself, as this glorious rendition of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” reveals:

(and deep-pocketed) Theremin aficionados can pre-order their Claravox Centennial at this time for $1,499. It ought to ship in December — simply in time for the vacations, if you wish to shock that particular, synth-loving somebody.

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