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Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by gypsy jim, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. gypsy jim

    gypsy jim Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    So, I'm watching a Beach Boys Ed Sullivan appearance, and Mike Love is playing a synthesized Theremin. Did everybody already know this? I assumed it was the real deal. :( Somehow, I'm sad. Cool Tele content!

     
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    It was made so you don’t have to do the air wave,equals more accurate/requires less concentration

    I believe they had two made that way

    (If it’s the one I’m thinking of, haven’t watched the video yet)

    It’s like a theremin it just has one of the motions(?) fixed
    While the finger slide does the other

    If you look up “electro-theremin” there is a Wikipedia page about it, that mentions The Beach Boys and says the inventor played on the studio recording
     
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    I have been thinking about a Theremin purchase...

    Twilight Zone music is appropriate in our current times ...
     
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    I can’t recall the ladies name but there was a woman that actually made “music” with a theramin

    I think it was sometime in the 40’s
     
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    I think Leonard Nimoy played it too!
     
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    Just to be clear that is a real Theremin. It’s just mounted to a board to make it more controllable. upload_2020-8-29_19-0-48.png Moog made some of the smallest synths at the time. The Theremin in the video is definitely not a synth.
     
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    I’ve always liked Good Vibrations and most of The Beachboy’s catalog
     
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    Closely related is the ondes Martenot invented around the same time as the Theremin.



    Jonny Greenwood plays one in Radiohead.

     
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    I’m sure he had to learn the part for the live performance. Besides Beach Boys vocals, the instrumental recordings including the theremin were done by the Wrecking Crew!
     
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    Clara Rockmore. Check out the producer of this recording:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_the_Theremin
     
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    Speaking of “Twilight Zone“, what a great guitar riff for the original TV series. So dissonant yet strangely melodic. It’s just the perfect riff suited for the show. Even after the main riff, there’s some equally ominous sounding muted guitar. Sorry, I know it’s off topic but couldn’t resist!

     
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    How sweet was Carl Wilson's voice?
     
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    Even as a kid, I heard how bad the edits are in that song. I read an interview with Mike Love who said he couldn't believe Brian considered "Good Vibrations" a finished track- to Love, it sounded like an amateurish demo.
     
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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion makes very cool use of the theremin. They use it playing live, too.
     
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    Saw all the Wilson Bros. and Mike Love when they toured here in the early 80s. Met Brian in a bar the night before- he was not a well person . Dennis spent half the concert playing Australian Football behind the stage ( it was at a Football ground). Carl was good on guitar. Good Vibes all round.
     
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    The guy I recall was not per se part of the WC.
    It was an older guy who actually played one, not jus for GV, but long before; maybe some of those 50's-60's sci-fi movies.
     
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    I built one years ago, the original kind with the vertical antenna for pitch and loop antenna for volume. It's a bear to play, kind of like playing an invisible slide trombone. But when you get it dialed in (I played through an original Super Champ), it sounds glorious, like a woman singing.

    And it was awesome for trick or treaters on Halloween.

    Oh, and little-known fact: you have to retune it every time you play--kind of like a guitar. It's because the humidity, or even what you're wearing can affect the distance-pitch relationship. It's like the scale length changes and you have to reset it to what you are used to.
     
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    I agree! Although I peel away after the "Surf's Up" album. Truly a great american band.
    And I even admit that "Kokomo" has grown on me over the years
     
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    (Mike) Love it!
     
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