We all know the guitar, the drums, and the bass. But do you know the Sea Board? The Theremin? Yeah, same here. (Well, some of us knew about the Theremin, but — you know—music nerds at every company.)
Below, three utterly unique musical performances unlike anything else you’ve heard:
Welcome the Sea Board: Roland Lamb at TEDxAlbertopolis
Imagine if the notes on a keyboard blended seamlessly into one another, more like a slide guitar than a piano. What you’d get is the Sea Board, a new organ/guitar/piano hybrid that produces a beautiful, haunting sound. If you think it sometimes sounds unsettling (and we’ll admit, we do), that’s because the player’s fingers linger “off-pitch” in a range of millitones between the notes that comprise the chromatic scale. Here, Roland Lamb, inventor of the Sea Board, narrates an eerie, fascinating performance.
The new old theremin: Lydia Kavina at TEDxGhent
When you watch a spooky ghost film, know what instrument often makes that eerie background music? A Theremin. It’s seriously one of the coolest instruments we’ve ever seen: you play it without even touching it. Musicians move their hands near two antennas, one for pitch and one for volume, and — voila! — music. In this performance at TEDxGhent, the undisputed queen of Theremin, Lydia Kavina, shows the instrument’s expressive power.
ComputeMusic(now): Andrew Sorensen at TEDxQUT
Can you code music? Andrew Sorenson sure can. He developed his own coding language to allow him to create music on the fly without pre-programmed software or external instruments — just algorithms. Above, you can watch the delightfully nerdy magic as he literally builds his song piece by piece, adding, subtracting and morphing layers of sound via code.