Pekkanini and The Thereminland Band’s new album of 10 instrumentals? It’s Guitars and Theremins. You need to get an idea of their sound, so check out “Action in The 60s.”
Pekkanini plays the theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact played by the thereminist (performer). The theremin got its name from Russian inventor Leon Theremin. He patented the device back in 1928. Since then, it has been used to help give songs, especially for TV and films, an “eerie” sound. The thereminist uses his hands to control oscillators for both frequency and volume. Electric signals from the instrument get amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
Remember The Beach Boys’ huge hit single, “Good Vibrations?” You’ve heard a type of theremin (an Electro-Theremin) played in a pop song! Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones also incorporated the theremin sound into some of their songs too. While most people don’t know what a theremin is, they do know its sound. And Pekkanini? One of the world’s most accomplished theremin players.
Pekkanini’s given name? Pekka Lunde.
As a performer/composer, the Swedish music maker has toured Scandinavia. He also made a number of albums, and composed music for more than 100 theatrical plays. Active in music since the 1970s, today he’s perhaps best known for having composed dozens of theremin compositions made available on the Internet either for sale or for free download.
In recent years, Pekkanini collaborated with musicians from Sweden, France, Italy and the USA. A member of the American Recording Academy, the Grammy-nominated artist released several instrumental pop albums featuring the theremin during the past decade including 2012’s Theremins in the Jukebox and 2013’s Theremin Tunes Played in Odd Bars.
Pekkanini and The Thereminland Band just released Guitars and Theremins. Besides theremin, you’ll hear other instruments on the new songs, including keyboard, drums and bass. The Thereminland Band consists of accomplished Swedish musicians. Are you a fan of rock music? I think you’ll enjoy their distinct sound.
Finally, find out more at the Pekkanini website here. –Mark Weber
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