Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, Australia’s horror synth heavyweights The Night Terrors were commissioned to compose an album of music with the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Grand Pipe Organ. Recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall, Friday the 13th June 2014, and to be launched on Halloween 31st October 2014, Pavor Nocturnus – Composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, Electronics and Percussion is an inferno of haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. The Night Terrors create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween.
released December 15, 2014
Miles Brown: theremin, pipe organ, electronics
Damian Coward: percussion
Sarah Lim: pipe organ, electronics
Pavor Nocturnus on Bandcamp
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: electronium, ondes martenot, Theremin, vintage electronica
Here at the Golden Apples we are huge fans of Theremin virtuoso May Roosevelt and we were very excited to see recently on her FB page the news for 2013: “My upcoming album: 10 tracks, 31:15 total time” – the news comes after an extended musical break where her pursuit of her graphic design career left many of us anxiuos she may not return to give us another ‘Haunted’. Asa reviwer so aptly put it “The Theremin is a very complex instrument yet absolutely submissive to the hands of May Roosevelt”…
But what of Ondes Martnenot the title of this post. Well we have also been reading ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ which is a wonderful history of electronic music, and it is here that we have been discovering the sound of the Ondes Martenot. A vintage electronic instrument which belongs to a very exclusive musical club where it could be referred to as the slightly more sophisticated cousin of the Theremin.
In looking for Ondes Martenot virtusos the name Christina Ott appears often.
… typically haunting atmospheric sounds – but then – this crazy jazz thing!!!…
…in performance with Yann Tiersen…
You cannot touch on the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot without mentioning Raymond Scott’s legendary Electronium fames as the first ever sequencer. It sits today gathering dust in the basement of Devo’s Mutato Studio on Sunset Blvd buried (but treasured) amongst Mark Mothersbaugh’s amazing vintage electronica collection.
Thank You Dr Robert Moog…
a 9 minute live video featuring our favourite theremin player May Roosevelt
The above is a collaboration with Ion featuring Giannis Papaioannou on electronics and May Roosevelt on Theremin. May Rooselvelt has a new album “Haunted“…The phantoms of the past and the spirit of future, mingled, haunt the music of May Roosevelt.