August 1, 2013

A Chorus Of Matryoshka Doll Theremins

If there was ever a country that you could expect the weirdest things from, it would be none other than Japan.  Most of us think of the Japanese culture as something of an extreme.  In civilized culture, Japan is actually known to be very conservative with strict rules about how things should be and how people should behave.  The result from this is an erratic counter culture that is often unpredictable and sometimes very fringe when compared to the rest of the world.  We should probably thank this behavior, as it is responsible for bringing us some really neat technological innovations for the rest of the world to use.

Synthesizers and MIDI controllers have been developed in Japan since they day they were realized as something useful and innovative.  Roland single handedly changed the way music was to be made, at least by producers who wanted to stick to machines rather than instruments.  Music is something the Japanese seem to love, and they don’t stop creating new ways to be seen as “weird”.  In this short clip, and entire Symphony is performed using only Doll Theremins; with each member of the band only having access to a set of headphones and the theremin in their hand.