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Beats and Theremins – THERAMANIACS!

Visiting Artist Ravish Momin, electronic musician, with the Digital Music Ensemble playing Theremins

February 17, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Watkins Lecture Hall
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free - no tickets required

The Department of Performing Arts Technology and the U-M Arts Initiative present a performance featuring “Sunken Cages,” the solo project of drummer/electronic music producer and visiting artist Ravish Momin. Students in the Digital Music Ensemble, directed by Stephen Rush, will perform alongside Momin playing theremins.

Music by John Cage, Stephen Rush, Ravish Momin, Pauline Oliveros.

Free In Person North Campus

A theremin is a controller with two bars – one to (basically) control pitch, another to control volume and controlled by the position of the player within its electromagnetic field. Theremins have been used in pop music and movie scores more than classical music – and used because of their “space age” sound (think the sound of the “Star Trek” theme song). The instrument was invented by Leo Theremin in 1919, and rarely, if ever, heard in an ensemble.

In combination with Ravish Momin, an electronic musician and drummer, the theremins promise to be an exciting, interesting, if captivating sonic landscape of joy and wonder.

Illustration of a theremin:
Illustration of a flat box with three knobs on it, and a looped cord on both sides