Album Review

Touch! Don’t Touch! – Music For Theremin [coll] – [Wergo]

loun   2/20/2007   A Library, CD

Upon its invention, it was thought that the theremin, that crazy instrument which is played without being touched, and which is the granddaddy of all electronic music, would revolutionize music and our understanding of it. The revolution never materialized, though, and the theremin found a niche in horror and sci-fi soundtracks due to its ability to make that so-desired woo-woo-woo sound, falling out of favor with fine musicians.

Lo and behold, it’s back, and these thereminauts, led by the grand-niece of the machine’s inventor, don’t shy away from its history, rather embracing it warmly in the form of track 7, a tribute to the theremin’s role in soundtracks, which should be the big hit (and not on name alone), and is recommended for all shows.

All pieces are solid, all are composed, but some (2, 4, 5, 6) are very slow in development and have quiet parts. Tracks 1 and 8 are also recommended, and, if you don’t mind slower moving pieces, check out 2 and 5, or listen to the whole thing and pick your own favorite. Get a booster shot of theremin and feel better now!

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