Therminal C at Usine Sonore's OpenHouse #1, Rennweg26, Bienne (CH)
Coralie Ehinger lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1999 she discovered the Theremin and got hooked : she created the French website on the Theremin, wrote an Introduction to the Theremin with Jimmy Virani and worked with various artists.
Under the alias Therminal C she fully deploys her artistic inspirations on sound and videos. Her speciality is to mix experimental electronic sounds (created on synthesizers and other effects pedals), with some melodious and classic theremin playing. The result is a delicate and minimalist music, with haunting theremin melodies and heady electronic sounds.
An avid frequenter of conventions and electronic music events, she travels Europe regularly and has become the Swiss ambassador of the theremin.
Invented in Russia between 1919 and 1920, the theremin is one of the first instruments to generate sound using electric current, marking the beginning of the era of electronic music. A unique aspect of this instrument is that it is played without any physical contact with the musician.
The theremin is composed of a two antennas stemming from a box. The musician’s hands move towards and away from these antennae, thus varying the note’s frequency and the volume. Below, an explanation and demonstration by the instrument’s inventor, Leon Theremin: