Moog has released the beautiful limited-edition Claravox Centennial theremin in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the electronic musical instrument. Known for its unique other-worldly sound, the theremin was invented by Russian physicist Leon Theremin and is the only musical instrument played without any physical contact. Moving one’s hands in the air near two metal antennas – one for determining the pitch and the other for volume – requires exceptional control and precision to make the right sound. The instrument also inspired Dr Bob Moog’s development of the famous Moog modular synthesiser.
The Claravox Centennial is a tribute to the original theremin virtuosa, Clara Rockmore. The limited-edition instrument is the most versatile Moog theremin to date, giving players the option to select either a Traditional performance mode with classic heterodyne analogue oscillators or a Modern multimode with DSP oscillators with assignable scales, quantisation and octave ranges. The cabinet is crafted from fine-grain walnut hardwood paired with cloth-bound control panels, while the two antennas are made from brass. While embracing old traditions, the Claravox Centennial also features DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs for integrated connection. It also has an optional Claravox Centennial Theremin Stand, made in the same walnut hardwood to complete the classical look.
The Claravox Centennial Theremin is now available for pre-order for US$1,499.