Project | Radioart (1997,1998,1999,2000,2001)

The Theremin Orchestra

concentrates on the sensuallity of touchless instruments and emphasizes the use of the termen-vox, as a controller for various anologue synthesizers and other instruments, and female voices in similarity and contrast to the termen-vox's electronic voice.

TOUCHLESS I, a radio concert with theremin players in Vienna - Moscow- and Madrid, part of the project Recycling theFuture on the 4th of December 1997, is the precurser and starting point to TOUCHLESS II. In a five days seminar at the Theremin Center in Moscow Andre Smirnov, Yuri Spitsin, Günther Gessert and me worked out the basic musical structures for the moscow part.

With Lana Aksenova, Günther Gessert, Elisabeth Schimana Andre Smirnov and Yuri Spitsin in Moskow, Ostankino Tower - Andrew Garton, Christoph Kurzmann, Sergio Messina and Robin Rimboud in Vienna - Pedro Lopez in Madrid

TOUCHLESS II brings all this radioconcert people together into the rooms of the Minoritenkirche and continues to spinn an idea: the termen-vox as a universal controlling unit of an electronic working place. This orchestra functions as a pool of ideas, because of the members very different, but at the same time very specific, musical and technical backgrounds and inputs.

At seven possible places in the church seven working places for the ten musicians will be setted up. Each of this places will have its own monitoring which will work at the same time as the soundsystem for the church. Each theremin has its own invisible field, probably desturbed by the moving audiance. The voice of Olga Melanichs classical played theremin will put the church into a sounding state of uncertainty.

Mit Andrew Garton, Günther Gessert, Pedro Lopez, Olga Milanich, Sergio Messina, Elisabeth Schimana, Andre Smirnov, Yuri Spiitsin

04 12 1997 Recycling the Future Ö1 Kunstradio
04 04 1998 Concertante Installation at Minoritenkirche / Kunst Halle Krems
06 04 1998 ConCert AEC Sky Lounge
09 04 1998 Ö1 Kunstradio Broadcust
24 05 1999 MIDI Alternativa, Moscow
09 09 2000 Festival Ost Süd Ost, Schloss Kittsee
20 05 2001 Porgy & Bess, Vienna


Andrei Smirnov

is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, collector, writer, composer, researcher and developer of new techniques in computer music. He is a Senior Lecturer and a Head of the Sector for Multimedia at the Center for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory and a Lecturer at the Rodchenko School for Photography and Multimedia where he teaches courses on history and aesthetics of electroacoustic music, sound design and composition, new musical interfaces and physical computing. In 1992-2012 he was the founding director of the Theremin Center in Moscow. He has conducted numerous workshops and master classes in the U.S., Europe and Russia, and participated in various festivals and conferences. His collection of the historical documents and original electronic musical instruments has been combined with extensive research into the history of music technology with broad experience in composition, interactive performance and curatorial activities. | homepage

Günther Gessert

started out as guitarist and bassist in a variety of jazz- and popmusic formations. His currents interests lie in the field of electronic music. He has been involved in projects dealing with computer/netart/music in cooperation with local as well as international artists and musicians. He researches and deals with questions of sound-production and –perception, sensor technology, as well as linguistics and communication theory. | homepage

Yuri Spitsin

Her was educated at Moscow Institute for Managing in 1977-1982. In 1985-1994 he was working at several institutes and companies as a researcher and programmer, creating software for education, automatic control, information, computer graphics, medical tasks, music. Since 1992 he is the member of the Studio Board of the Theremin Center. He is working there as a programmer and composer.

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    Andre Smirnov

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    Guenther Gessert

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    Pedro Lopez

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    Elisabeth Schimana, Olga Milanich

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    Olga Milanich

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    Elisabeth Schimana

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    Sergio Messina, Andrew Garton

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    ORF Radiokulturhaus, Wien Andrew Garton, Sergio Messina, Scanner

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    Ostankino Tower, Moskau | Lena Aksenova, Günther Gessert

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    Ostankino Tower, Moskau | Lena Aksenova, Elisabeth Schimana

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    Ostankino Tower, Moskau | Andre Smirnov

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    Ostankino Tower, Moskau | Elisabeth Schimana

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    Ostankino Tower, Moskau | Yuri Spitsin, Günther Gessert

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