Posts Tagged ‘want’


Tonight, I discovered my new musical destiny. Not that I had much of a musical destiny at all. I am no way rockstar material, but I have grown up and around music all my life. When I was 10, I learned how to read bass clef and play trombone. At age 15 I taught myself how to read tremble clef and play piano. Now, I’m hoping at age 21 (soon!) I learn to play the theremin.

It can’t be that hard, right? I mean, the instrument has no fingerings. It has no complicated strings to pluck or scales to learn. What it is, exactly, if you were too lazy to click the link above, is an electrical current. A thereminist just waves their hands between the the two antennae to create sounds that are often associated with aliens. You know that whooo-eeee-oooo? That’s a theremin.

Howard Shore talks about using a Theremin to create some of the soundtrack to the Tim Burton film Ed Wood. It also has a cool demonstration and explanation on how a theremin looks, work, and sounds.

Okay, so maybe it’s a lot harder than learning how to play piano. Fortunately for me, there are many tutorials out there on how to build your own theremin. This still requires some sort of electrical/construction knowledge, which I severely lack. I could just buy my own theremin and forget the hassle of building one. It’s fairly pricey (it would take one of my paychecks to buy one!), for just a whim. But let me tell you, I want this more than I wanted that sitar back when I was 17. Or that broken zither in my aunt’s closet.

These people are playing Matryomins, the Theremin’s cuter, battery operated cousin. I like the thurrrrrrrrvvv noise that is made when your hands pull away from the little doll.


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At Otterbein there is this fabulous dance that happens every winter called Music and Romance. It’s a big benefit for the music department where the jazz bands and a capella choirs come together and preform swing and jazz tunes. All the girls get worked up into a tizzy because finally there’s a reason for us to get gussied up in lovely dresses. The boys probably loathe it because there’s girls everywhere begging for a dance. The Otterbein ratio is 70/30 now unfortunately, so there is a distinct lack of men to swing dance with.

There’s always an old fashioned sort of feel to Music and Romance. At least I think there is. For my ensemble this year, I want there to be a meeting of vintage and avantant gard-y modern. I’m planning on wearing the navy blue taffeta strapless bridesmaid dress from Gail’s wedding (Jan. 12th, oh LAWD!) unless something disastrous happens between then and Music and Romance. With that, I’m going to wear a very cute pair of aqua blue sling back kitten heel shoes I just bought for $9.99.

All of that is the OPENING ACT for more vintagey plans. I want a veiled cocktail hat something akin to this. Yes. I know. Awesomeness squared. However, this may not happen, seeing as all the hats I like call the UK or Australia home. With average prices ranging from $25 (I calculated the exchange rate) to $200+, PLUS shipping, the probability of me being able to afford one of these beauties is something of a pipedream.

That being said, I know I am (somewhat) crafty. Has anyone made one of these before? What would be appropriate materials (ya know, other than net, satin and MAGIC)? It really wouldn’t be too hard to do if I just knew what material was used to make the part that sits on top of your head hard. I suppose it could just be a soft one, just a bit of fabric bobby pinned to my head. But I don’t think that would support the hard netting like I want very well.

Ah well. I was thinking of checking out some of the many antique shops in East Liverpool and Westerville.

An alternate plan is to get a fun fascinator. If I can’t get this either, I want lace gloves. These are cheaper and much easier to find, considering how popular Victorian style clothing is with gothic culture.

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