Category Archives: Special Content

Dude sings like a lady

I found an interesting article on NPR and it’s something I’ve noticed also. More and more male singers are sounding like women. Back in the 80’s you had hair bands with guys wearing makeup trying to look like women. These days it’s men with falsetto voices making it on the radio.

Adam Levine strikes me as one of the biggest male perpetrators of lady tones but he’s certainly not alone. These days in the music industry if one style is successful you’ll see clones for years until the next “new” thing comes along. But there have always been guys singing high. For a obscure example I’ll go with Mickey Thomas with Starship. Prince could hit some high notes, his song Kiss comes to mind. Then, of course, there were the Bee Gees. Maybe it’s the lack of variety on the radio these days that makes it seem like such a majority of male singers only sing high.

Restoring Old Advent Speakers

I always have some sort of project going on. Being a home owner, there is always something to do. It mght be in the kitchen or bathroom or where ever, there is always something I have been putting off.

Occasionally I do a project just for the fun of it. Getting a vintage hi-fi system up and running is one of them.

I’ll likely cover all the components in future posts but this one is focused on the speakers. The speakers in my vintage hi-fi are Advents. These are the “Original Loud Speakers”. They are the first advent speakers and, when they are working correctly can sound really good. Mine, however, are not sounding quite right. By the way, the photo is not my speakers but they are the same model.

I got these speakers at a thrift store years ago and they were not working right. The foam around the woofer was damaged and on one the woofer was not working at all. I bought a refoam kit and went to work hoping that this would fix everything. Unfortunately this did not fix everything and they still didn’t work right. One wooker was still not working so I gave up and they sat in my basement.

Recently I brought them out again and was able to get them both working after a little soldering. Now, however, I found that my refoam job might not have done the trick. Using the speakers I have hear a raspy buzz. If I hold the woofer down it goes away. I’m thinking I need to revisit my refoaming and see if I can do a better job. It’s a project.

Record Breaking Theremin Jam

272 Theremin players in Japan gathered and set a world record for the largest theremin ensemble.

The 272 musicians gathered from across Japan to grab a new world record — the world’s largest theremin ensemble. The featured instruments are actually modified versions of the theremin crammed into empty Russian nested dolls, dubbed “matryomin” by their creator.

The world’s only instrument played without any direct contact, the theremin’s high-pitched vibrato is familiar soundtrack to anyone who has ever screened a sci-fi flick.

Invented in the Soviet Union around 1920 by scientist Leon Theremin (who taught music aficionado Vladimir Lenin how to play it), the electronic device has been used over the years to add its distinctive, spooky sound to the Beach Boys’ hit “Good Vibrations” and the cult-classic daytime soap opera Dark Shadows.

A vocally simulated theremin was used in the opening theme to the Star Trek TV series. Theremin have also featured in many films scores and tunes by artists including Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Read more at CBSNews.

The theremin is probably the first electronic instrument ever played in public. It is played by moving your hands by two antennas. One antenna changes the pitch and the other changes the volume. It is apparently very hard to play.

For more background ojn the theremin check out the movie Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

This is Leon Theremin playing the instrument he created.