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SoundArt Show | Series 1: Episode 2 Theramin

SoundArt Show | Series 1: Episode 2 Theramin

Playing tracks by

Claire Kearns, Joel Cahen, Nicolas Freeman, Leon Theramin and Matthew Whiteside.

First Broadcast: 6pm - 7th June 2012

Episode 1 looked at the impact of Luigi Russolo, and the noise generating instruments he made to emulate the mechanical sounds of the city. We heard how he placed those noises into a musical and artistic context by creating noise-orchestras to perform alongside, and independently of, traditional orchestras in concert halls.

Meanwhile...in Soviet Russia, physicist Leon Theramin invented a device that was to become the first electronic instrument to be mass produced, also performing in concert halls. The instrument went on to be used in many Hollywood sci-fi epics, and ironically, in films carrying a subtext of Cold War propaganda by the West.

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