Project | Live Electronic (2017)
Olesya Rostovskaya (RU): theremin
Elisabeth Schimana (A): live electronics, composition

Geographical, historical, physical – musical interferences will be expressed in a concert related to the advent of electrification in Russia and its propaganda instrument, the theremin.

It seems most likely that Termen first noticed a new possibility to produce pitched sound while he was fixing the radio station in Detskoe Selo (near Petrograd) during the Civil War in Russia. A little while later, just after military service, Termen was hired by the Institute for Physics and Technology in Petrograd. He developed a special tool to measure the dielectric resistance of gases, based on the heterodyning principle, which could produce controllable pitched sounds in the presence of a human body. That was the final point of invention. According to the stories of witnesses the next day, Termen was already performing music with his tool. “Termen is playing a voltmeter,” his colleagues were kidding. In October 1921, Lew Termen played music on his instrument before a fascinated Lenin, who gave him support and the opportunity to travel all over Russia to promote the ideas of the “electrification” of the country. (Andre Smirnov)

05 10 2017 opening concert mir: the village and the world - an artistic discovery of the Russian village in the commemorative year of the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a project by the Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, Ploshchad Mira Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk


Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya is a composer, thereminist, carillonneur and organist. She studied at Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory composition and organ. In 1999 she began to play theremin, in 2003 Russian bells and in 2006 the carillon. In 2008 she has graduated the Saint-Petersburg State University as carillonneur (the first in the world Russian Carillon Diploma) and in 2009 - Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen (Belgium). | homepage

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