Nori Ubukata's Theresyn

2.5.2016 by Miller Harrison

The theremin, though an amazing invention in its own right, has never achieved mainstream popularity due mostly to its playability difficulty level. Theremin takes patience....endless bucketloads of patience. Because it is an electronic instrument, it caters to keyboard players and synth junkies, and let's face it- it's just easier to buy a keyboard with heaps of sounds built in that will come out of the speaker perfectly in tune at the push of a button. 

Nori Ubukata loves the theremin, and synths, and organs, and many different instruments. He refuses to settle when it comes to music technology, and decided one day that the theremin should have its day. Thus the idea for his Theresyn was born. 

A beautifully crafted ornate wooden box with a modular synth built inside, the Theresyn combines the elegance of a theremin, (originally a classical instrument meant to emulate a cello) and the raw musical versatility of a multisynth. Now, different synth wave sounds can be channeled through the instrument, but be controlled by the traditional theremin antennae. 

I know, it's exciting, but that's not all Nori came up with. In fact, pervious theremins had a similar capability, if not in exactly the same package. The really interesting thing about his new Theresyn is that he added a touchpad volume control in addition to the original theremin volume antenna. This opens up an entirely new realm of sound, adding lightning fast attack to the volume parameter of theremin playing. Traditional theremins could never play in pizzicato, but the Theresynth cracked that conundrum with one fell swoop. 

Nori Ubukata's steampunk art nouveau Theresyn was a breath of fresh air amid factory produced traditional keyboards and synths at this year's Musikmesse in Frankfurt. We look forward to more great inventions coming out of this productive music mind.

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23.5.2016 12:35
#1: Great ! Hope it comes to market quickly :)

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