Moog Music and the Orange Peel have announced Ether Music 2005, a three-day celebration of the theremin. Ether Music 2005 will be held in the home of Moog Music, Asheville, NC, from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7. The event will include workshops, speakers and performances by thereminists such as Pamelia Kurstin, Lydia Kavina, Barbara Buchholz, Armen Ra, and Barbez (featuring Pamelia Kurtsin). Workshop topics will include theremin technique, how to build and customize a theremin, historical perspectives from Bob Moog, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Moog Music factory where the theremin and other Moog products are made.
An original composition contest will be held in conjunction with this event. To participate, an original theremin composition, no longer than five minutes, must be submitted to Moog on CD, cassette or as an MP3 file. All entries must be postmarked not later than June 17, 2005. The contest is open to amateur and professional musicians, and will be judged by a panel of distinguished judges including Dr. Wayne Kirby of the UNC-A school of Music, Albert Glinsky, Herb Deutsch and Bob Moog himself. Five winners of the contest will receive free registration to Ether Music 2005, a $395 value and one grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize at the festival.
Tickets for Ether Music 2005 are available online at www.ethermusic2005.com.