Lilium (Elfen Lied) on Theremin and Music Box Keyboard (YouJam)


“Lilium” from the Anime; Elfen Lied.

conquerearth on Theremin (Moog Etherwave Plus)
sevencats on keyboard, playing the Music Box part

This was not a live recording. I saw sevencats’ piano part right here on youtube and decided to play along with it. We have only communicated via youtube; hence the term YouJam (Youtube Jam). If you dont know what a theremin is, check wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin

sevencats’ Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/sevencats

Metal Gear Solid 2 on Piano and Theremin (YouJam)


Metal Gear Solid 2 Main Theme, played on Piano and Theremin

Recorded with permission from NightShader1; All credit for the piano part goes to him!

This was not a live recording. I saw NightShader1’s piano part right here on youtube and decided to play along with it. We have only communicated via youtube; hence the term YouJam (Youtube Jam). If you dont know what a theremin is, check wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin

The theremin used here is a Moog Etherwave Plus.

NightShader’s Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/NightShader1
NightShader’s Website: http://www.shademusicstudios.com

Theremin controlled Mario


Well, it had to be done!
Who needs a Natal when you’ve got a theremin! (OK, its not quite the same, but anyway…)

This is even more fun with two people playing! One person controls left/right, the other controls jump.

Its not just limited to the theremin. Its even possible to hook up a microphone and use your voice to control the game! Or a guitar! Or a violin!

Heres how it works:
The sound from the theremin is split into its frequency and amplitude components in real time, which are then mapped to values in a linear scale representing the X and Y axis. Pitch becomes horizontal control, and Volume becomes vertical control.
The X and Y scales are then cut up into different zones. In this case, Left; Right and dead zones for the horizontal, and a single trigger and dead zone for the vertical.

The trigger zones are then mapped onto a virtual joystick hooked into an emulator.

The end result is a fairly usable input control for playing games like mario. The bars give the much needed visual feedback as to how “in tune” you are, so you have a better feel of where the trigger points are.

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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