Theremin Center

Theremin Center

Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music (Термен-центр) was created by Andrei Smirnov at the Moscow Conservatory in 1992. The main goal of Theremin Center is to support musicians and sound artists in the field of experimental electroacoustic music and multimedia arts. Originally it was located at the Sound Recording and Musical Acoustics Laboratory, where Leon Theremin had been conducting his research in the 1960s. In 2006, Theremin Center became part of the Moscow Conservatory Centre for Electroacoustic Music (CEAMMC).

The unique collection of electronic music instruments at Theremin Center include acoustic objects of the late XIX – early XX centuries (Helmholtz resonators, rare tuning forks, sirens, cymometers, Kohn stroboscope), various Theremins, Harmonium and the only existing copies of Rhythmicon and Terpsitone (all built by L. Theremin), legendary ANS Synthesizer, Power Gloves controller (gift from Richard Boulanger), and Radio Baton (received personally from Max Mathews). Apart from historical instruments, the Center have numerous modern tools, including Theremin-sensors, laser microphones, interferometers, bio-detectors, various optical and electromagnetic sensors, etc.

Many organizations and composers had been collaborating with Theremin Center, including Jon Appleton and Bregman Digital Music Studio, Elisabeth Schimana and Institut Für Medienarchäologie, Наталья Борисова, По.В.С.Танцы Theater (Moscow), Pro Arte Institute (Saint Petersburg), DOM Cultural Centre, N. Roslavets and N. Gabo Center for Contemporary Art (Bryansk), composers Игорь Кефалиди, Iraida Yusupova, Yuri Kasparov and Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Tatjana Komarova from Yekaterinburg Electro-Acoustic Music Studio.

Numerous speakers lectured at Theremin Center over the years, including Max Mathews, Robert Moog, Christian Clozier, Françoise Barrière, Henri Pousseur, Alvin Lucier, Эдуард Артемьев, Barry Vercoe, Åke Parmerud, Dror Feiler, Paolo Chagas, Samuel Magrill, Russell Riepe, Charles Bestor, John Cousins, Colleen Anstey, Dirk Reith, Krzysztof Knittel, Netochka Nezvanova, Guy Van Belle, Christian Scheib, Dieter Kaufmann, Katharina Klement, Franz Hautzinger, HC Gilje, Martin Breindl, Norbert Math, Andrea Sodomka, Michel Fourgon, François Sarhan, Yann Geslin, Noel Zahler, Rob Mullender, Nicolas Vérin and many other musicians, constructors and composers.

As a non-commercial culture organization, Theremin Center had been supported by grants and donations from Open Society Foundations (OSF), IREX, Rockefeller Foundation, Steim, Pro Helvetia, Migros-Kulturprozent, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, The Oberlin Conservatory Of Music, Berkley College of Music and other organizations.