FFIV Love Theme on Theremin and Guitar (YouJam)

The Love Theme from Final Fantasy IV, played on Theremin (conquerearth) and Classical Guitar (sekushidesu).

All credit for the guitar part goes to sekushidesu! View and rate his videos too!

This was not a live recording. I saw sekushidesu’s guitar part right here on youtube and decided to play along with it. We have only communicated via youtube; hence the term YouJam (Youtube Jam).
Posted with permission from sekushidesu. Thanks!

“Theremin Hero” & Neural Interface – Gimme Shelter 100% FC

I’m playing the vocal track to Gimme Shelter. Its supposedly one of the most difficult vocal tracks to get 100% in (according to the rockband forums), even though its only in the “Challenging” category.

Its important to note, I was purely going for the 100% score. I KNOW it doesnt sound good, so dont expect it to. In fact, I’m VERY out of tune in parts – especially at the start, and I expected to have failed this attempt. I blame the game for not being critical enough at expert level! Most of my other takes sounded better, but I normally got around 95%. Also, this song is not well suited to the theremin sound, but it had to be something challenging and this was the best of the bad choices available IMO.

The OCZ NIA (Neural Impulse Actuator) reads muscle tension in the facial muscles, which is how I was triggering it to make the loud ZAP sound. It also reads Alpha and Beta waves, as well as eye movements. I didnt need to use these for this video.

The reason for using the annoying ZAP sound was due to the nature of the sound needed to trigger overdrive and the cowbell parts. It needed to have a short sharp sound. I tried a few sound effects but this was the most reliable one. The sound plays through the same pair of headphones that were producing the theremin sound, and the speakers.

“Theremin Hero” First ever attempt – The Portal song (Still Alive) on Theremin.

f you dont know what a Theremin is, wikipedia it!

A simple concept – hard to believe no-one has tried this until now.
Take any singing game (e.g. Rock band) and “mod” the microphone – bury it into headphones which are playing only the Theremin output quite loud – but not loud enough to distort the sound.

Choose your song and go for it!

I chose The Portal song “Still Alive” by GLADoS. Its not often possible to bring three things I love together; Portal, Rock Band and Theremin. Today it was, and it was ALOT of fun.

I’m playing a Moog Etherwave Standard – with a few mistakes. Mainly because I wasnt taking this too seriously. If it catches on I’ll try for a 100% Full Combo, and some more difficult songs.

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Zelda Main Theme on Theremin – Full Version (Termina Field Orchestration)

My tribute to the video that began my fascination with the Theremin – The legend of zelda theme by Randy George (ooo6).
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJYho5…

If you dont know what a theremin is, look it up on wikipedia!

This is the (digitally) orchestrated version of the theme that plays in Majora’s Mask, in Termina Field. I’m playing along on a Moog Etherwave Standard.

I know this performance has quite a few flaws, but its the best I can do at my current level / theremin for such a fast piece. I’m hoping this will prompt Randy to show us how it should REALLY be done.

Until then… enjoy, and remember to check out my other Theremin videos.

And yes, I know the headphones look ridiculous.
The bottom lines of the T-shirt read “The first step is admitting you have a problem”, for anyone who as wondering!

Played on Theremin: Tsuisou / Bratja (Brothers) from Fullmetal Alchemist Soundtrack OST

My favourite track from the incredible soundtrack of FMA. Even if you dont like the anime, this soundtrack is still worth a listen. Here I’m playing a Moog Etherwave Theremin. Wikipedia theremin if you dont know what it is!

No cutomised backing track, I’m just playing along. Sorry about the length, its a bit too long for my liking, but I couldnt see anywhere to cut it that would sound right.

This was recorded pretty much on a whim, with very little practice.
Enjoy, and remember to check out my other theremin videos. More coming soon…
And yes, the headphones do look a bit silly.

I wonder what thoes three boxes on top of the 360 are… 😉

Halo 3 Title theme played on Theremin – Unforgotten aka Never Forget

nother one of my favourite game soundtracks. This is the track that plays in the title screen called “Unforgotten” or “Never forget” – depending who you ask. No custom backing track this time.. I just played along.

Played on Moog Etherwave, with slight reverb added.

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In case you were wondering why the projector is flickering, its because its a DLP projector. It only appears to flicker through the camera.

Zelda OOT “Lon Lon Ranch” on Theremin (aka Epona’s Song)

My second theremin video, played on a Moog Etherwave. I was inspired to record this after hearing the excellent orchestrated Zelda OOT album and then finding very little of the zelda soundtrack has been played on theremin. This is one of my favourite themes from the game. The theremin works perfectly for it IMO. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Randy George (among others) for giving me a reason to buy a Theremin. It’s an incredible instrument.

Aquatic Ambiance on Theremin (DKC music)

My first theremin video!
Aquatic Ambiance from Donkey Kong Country (SNES) played on Moog Etherwave.
I needed something easy(ish) to start with, this seemed ideal.

The piano part was recorded seperately using a pitch-to-midi filter that I “built” using bidule and Pure Data (pd).
I realised quickly that this part was too fast to play normally (at my level), plus the piano sounds better anyway, especially with the echo switched on.

The biggest challange for me is keeping in tune. There are still some off-sounding notes in this recording. Hopefully I will improve and will put up more theremin videos soon. Trust me, The pros make it look WAY easier than it is.