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Paul

New song, new theremin

A little while ago I bought another theremin. This time an OpenTheremin V4. What is an OpenTheremin? It's a very simple, no frills, yet quite versatile little (and affordable) theremin that you can either put together yourself, or (as I did) buy the Deluxe version that comes pre-assembled. You can find more info on the OpenTheremin at GaudiShop. Playing the OpenTheremin is world apart from the Etherwave, but once you figure it out (and you…

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A clever bit on passwords and phishing.

I listen to the podcast "Naked Security" from Sophos.com. Today they had a(nother) great reason to start using a password manager. These are programs to manage your passwords. Yes, duh. But they do that in a clever way. They generate big, complex passwords that you can't remember, like 3jGrkVvaVNJ$Kv*JRCZsg (note, you will be quizzed on this one later on haha). You just remember 1 main password to unlock the password manager (and optionally use a…

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Go Vegan

Yes, I think more people (okay, all people) should become vegans. If, for some reason, "you can't" be vegan, at least eat fewer animals to start with, to lessen the suffering. That being said, let's try the start of a story about aliens. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Brugorians. Not that this is already clear in these few words… Chapter 1. John pushed his plate away. That T-bone steak had been too much, he'd…

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World Wide Companies?

Big companies perhaps, Apple and Amazon. But not world wide. If you buy a gift card from either of those companies, beware. Make sure you go to the webstore of the country of that company in which the recipient lives and/or wants to spend that gift card, or things are screwy. I had this with a gift card I bought for my girlfriend. From apple. For apple TV. Note that I know little to nothing…

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Theremin. Synth. Loops.

Yes, I'm still using the theremin, just about daily. I'm adding features. I bought an Electro-Harmonix synthesizer machine and I ordered a Roland BOSS RC-30 looping station. Today I discovered that less is more. In the video above I had the synth sound prevail in most cases. Toning that down, making the theremin the 'lead sound' was a much better approach. Live and learn. I don't have the machine here yet, that will take a…

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What's that colour?

Being colour blind (or colour challenged as some people prefer to call it) has its benefits. It also has some drawbacks. I have a little bag in my car that sucks up moisture, and the instructions say: When the blue dot turns pink, put the bag in the microwave for 6 minutes. Yes. Great. Blue. Pink. What? Apparently there is light blue and pink in the image up here. Ehm. Right. Beats me, and praise…

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It's all about the pitch

I'm still not a grandmaster on the theremin. Okay, let's face it: the chances of me becoming one are probably as large as anything coming from Mars, but I'll keep trying. Kip Rosser told me that it's a good practice to try following random tones and play those on the theremin. I tried several ways but with only two arms and one theremin, that's tricky. So I got creative: It doesn't get more random than…

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A brilliant Theremin-exercise

Yes, here I am again, with the theremin(i) No, I didn't buy that one. It's out of my price range; I know my wallet's limits. (Open to donations though! :D ) I just did an amazing exercise for the theremin. Random pitches. That doesn't mean "just wave your hands around and make some sound" (although it feels like it at times ;) ). The lesson consisted of a series of random pitches that you try…

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Theremin, continued.

Maybe you notice that there's "Theremin" in the title, not "theremini", just like in my previous post. Even though I own a Moog Theremini, I don't intend to use it as that, but as a practice-theremin. Something I discovered on the fifth day of owning the device is that I despise the pitch correction. This is one of the biggest sales pitches (pun intended) for the theremini. It makes it nearly impossible to miss a…

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