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Arrangement for Cello and Theremin (w/Luna Trick)


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michael2

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A few weeks ago I asked Luna Trick if he would be into doing a collab with him on cello and me on Theremin. Nice guy that he is, he said yes (even after I told him that I couldn't play the Theremin like an actual instrument). He sent me a cello improv that he did and I started to mess around with it in Logic. I made it a bit longer and then manipulated it a bit. I used a spectral gate and delay for most of it. Kind of reminds me of Jimmy Page now. I added my Theremin track and messed with the EQ and a gate on that as well (also delay, I love delay). This is generally the type of thing I like to hear in a soundtrack. The picture is of a young Leo Theremin playing a theremin.

Anyways here is what I came up. Now I wonder if we can talk Mystified into singing one of her madrigals over the top. Hope you like this Lunatrick.
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Hits: 3599
Comments: 37
Fans: 24
Plays: 151
Downloads: 141
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Dec 31, 2008 - 02:18:30 PM
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2008 - 04:55:49 PM Last Played: Jun 12, 2017 - 09:11:49 AM
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Hardware:
Theremin and cello
Software:
macbook, LE8, not sure what Lunatrick used
Comments
EEFliess said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
wow!
this is a beautiful piece!

sounds like something from a suspense thriller!
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
thanks double E Flies
glad you like. I had some fun with this one. Luna's playing is what makes this good.
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bud said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Excellent idea and well done
Interesting collab to be sure - and I must admit - your Theremin is unique. Oddly coincidental - I watched the documentary on Leo Theremin on the flight over to San Diego recently. What did you use to emulate the Theremin - or is it a real Theremin? I have an Alesis AirFX that does a good job of it.
Daniel's Cello sounds great and your production is really cool on this - I like the little artifacts that come and go.
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
thanks Kevin
i actually used a real Theremin on this one, but ran it through a couple of things (mostly delay and a spectral gate). The artifacts are me tapping the antenna of the theremin on a second track. I hadn't played the thing in sooo long that I have no intonation anymore; basically felt pretty self conscious about it, so I manipulated the hell out of it. when I first got it, I would sit on the couch with headphones plugged into it, and play along to whatever was on TV; got pretty good at it, but that was years ago. should have seen the dust on it when I pulled it out. thanks for listening.
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Feter said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Arrangement for Cello and Theremin
beautiful ...and powerful ...this is crazy just to think of how
this all gathered ! ... I dunno whats the theremin ..but all
this turn into a very moving spheric music ...jee I would guess
this can go further with Cat's mew ...wish to ...thnx alot for
sharin !!!
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
thanks Feter
i'm not really sure how a theremin works, but basically its a box with an antenna on it. when you put your hand next to it, it makes a sound kind of like a sine wave. the closer you get to the antenna, the higher the pitch. it's the first electronic instrument that was ever made. you've heard it in the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" (only played a lot better). My wife gave it to me for xmas years ago. Thanks so much for listening.
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saymme said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
I LIKE ! : )
( : Very interesting & great sound You have here...very special !! Fun to hear the theremin it fits so ggod with the other : ) ! In future I hope to discover/find out more about Theremin so this is a wonderful Surprise !!!!!
TX both Wonderful collab dreamy & layed back ...relaxing i find it tx for sharing !! & HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!
michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Thanks saymme
you should check out the documentary of the theremins inventor. it's called Theremin. really interesting and sad. He was definitely an innovator. Thanks for you kind words, Luna Trick really made this nice, otherwise it would have been another M2 sound piece.
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LunaTrick said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Thanks Michael....
It is both flattering and gratifying to be a part of this unique piece. I love what you did with the cello line... which gives it sonic qualities without destroying the string and wood resonance of the cello. This takes great skill... as bowed stringed instruments are often destroyed with effects. The theremin additions are absolutely perfect too.... you have opened my eyes to many new possibilities!
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
cool
so glad you liked. for the effects on the cello, i copied the track onto 3 tracks. one of them i left pretty much dry (just EQed it and added a dash of reverb), one track has all of the spectral and delay stuff, and there is another track that I ran through reverb and a ring mod. that cello sounds so nice, I didn't want to bury it at all. you did an outstanding job with the vague description that I gave you originally. thanks for joining in. i was thinking JImmy Page meets Sigur Ros on this one BTW.
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Vic Holman said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
kinda haunting
very nicely effected.

you don't see theremins for sale all that often, anymore. It's pretty cool that you pick one up when you did. You should use it more often. I always dug the sound those things created.
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
thanks Vic
glad you liked. i had been wanting a theremin for awhile and my wife searched around on ebay and found it. it was pretty cheap too (ike $100), as it's new and doesn't have the volume antenna (only pitch). i used to use it live quite a bit, always got a good response from the crowd when I'd pull it out.
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rsorensen said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
oh man
i LOVE this. incredible sound. the cello is amazing and i love all the creepy atmosphere you've added with the theremin (now i want one). i would buy a soundtrack full of this. seriously, thanks for the download. i'm finding this very inspirational
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michael2 said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
thanks Ridd
glad you liked. figured this one isn't everybody's cup of tea, and glad that some (like you) find it appealing. Lunatrick is really great on cello, and he really did a nice job.
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egobandit said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
interesting
my favorite is the little mouse that sqeeks by . Enjoyed this one alot! thanks!
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particledots said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Very nice
Great sound on the cello and nice spacial use of reverb and delay. Gotta love those theremin vibes...I once saw a theremin concert (near Edgbaston Daniel) where there was a small chamber orchestra and a very skilled theremin player simply pulling notes out of thin air.

This has a great Tuxedomoon vibe to it

I am sure Mysti would be very into helping with some vox here...all ya gotta do is ask...

:-)

Happy New Year folks....

b
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davisamerica said 3094 days ago (January 1st, 2009)
keep pushing the boundaries guys
this is incredible
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jiguma said 3094 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
:)
I got Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds DVD for Christmas, and just watched it before I came to this. Just love the sound the theramin makes, and the combination with LT's cello is very cool indeed.

Brian would be proud!

Neil
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yrp said 3094 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
I liked
it very much!
It seems that the theremin and the cello were made to complement each other...
There is a perfect harmony between them ( I am not speaking musically but on an emotional level).
Very good collab!
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said 3093 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
like the dark of night,
I keep hearing crickets out there. This is spectacularly different for a cello piece - I hear that Page thing, musta been using a bow.

:-|

Thanks for this; it has a suave feel and ambience.

. - Harold
Dadai.2 said 3093 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
this really works....
well produced piece of music. Very evocative soundscape, which I like. When a song grabs you and takes you in... as a listener... you enjoy the ride completely. I did.

Jack
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drakonis said 3093 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
Cello with silicon implants...
weird and wonderful, the two "W" words that I would expect to come from the minds of Michael and Daniel. The cello piece is great, but definitely gets the ethereal treatment with your sound effects... so do you have a real theremin, or is this a software imposter? Were you really waving your hands around to get the sounds? Whatever you did, my ears were in good hands :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Estella said 3092 days ago (January 3rd, 2009)
Death by music
This is one of those songs that make me feel like I'm dying of music. Does that make any sense?

The cello is gorgeous! I'm only now learning of the many talents of lunatrick...

I'm jealous you have a Theremin, but mostly just glad to listen!
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kristyjo said 3092 days ago (January 3rd, 2009)
Goosebump inducing-
I love how the cello is effected, yet still, very much a cello, played by a human. The theremin is such a cool instrument. Now, I know what I want for next Christmas. Excellent collab. Kinda sad. No, really sad.
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tempie said 3092 days ago (January 4th, 2009)
theremin
before this post I thought a theremin was some kind of squirrel. now after googling i'm totally impressed - for one, that you even knew what this was, two, that you own it, and three, that you play it. Although now thinking about it this seems like something that is right down your alley.

Also, the cello and theremin combination seems really natural. Very "Russian Revolution" and so considering my newly learned history of the theremin very appropriate!
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LunaTrick said 3091 days ago (January 4th, 2009)
Just to let everyone know...
There is now a version of this with vocals by Andreas (Dirigent)

http://www.macjams.com/song/49121

It's a must listen....
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timothy devine said 3089 days ago (January 7th, 2009)
this is great
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a keeper
love this
just diggin every nook
what is a theremin
i must go investigate
reminds me of an old ECM record with Jon Garbarek and Ralph Townew called 'Dis'
they jam with a wind harp
awesome stuff
peace
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sschedra said 3087 days ago (January 8th, 2009)
Beautiful!
I am in love with the cello and this is just a magnificent piece. The great tones of the instrument are here as well as the spooky thrills of the theremin. You guys have made an absolutely wonderful colab.
Thanks,
Stephen

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Dj French Toast said 3086 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Yo This rocks my sox off man !
This is so bad ass ! Downloaded and loved : )
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ic42 said 3084 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
lost mind
it sounds as a beautiful thought slowly drifts into insanity. the cello attempts to stay the course. however, the strains of electronics are too much. it is swallowed in its own harmonics. a piece that provokes much thought. it is very well performed. 0x0
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lemurt0es said 3081 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
really interesting
the theremin sometimes sounds like an electric guitar. This is nice, it would be great to have someone sing a madrigal on top of the track. Mystfield! You're needed.
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Char said 3076 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Well...
I have never heard of a Theremin, Leo or otherwise. Very suspenseful and exciting. I could listen longer. Thanks.
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Marv said 3071 days ago (January 25th, 2009)
Soundtrack
This really sounds like a great soundtrack theme - the cello sounds beautiful, and the production on this is faultless. Totally unique, this is a stunning piece of work.

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billullo said 3039 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
Wow.
Not much more to say than that. Great piece of work.
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HeadCrushingMachine said 2948 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
delightful
this is a great choice of instruments to combine

I'm very impressed

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thanks
ageofthedeathtree said 2801 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
....speechless...
i absolutely adore this ... fits my mood of late PERFECTLY ..........

thank you so much

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ageofthedeathtree said 2801 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
....speechless...
i absolutely adore this ... fits my mood of late PERFECTLY ..........

thank you so much

age
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