Who thinks the melodica is the most annoying instrument ever in reggae and Dub Has made its move into the hotel, be taught better: It's a few floors lower, dear friends of the well-groomed Dubs.
Which I ask the theremin in front of the curtain. A curiosity as a musical instrument, it has been up to mischief for 100 years. It is the only instrument that is played completely contact-free; the upper extremities control pitch and volume solely through airy movements in the field of tension between two electrodes. The resulting changes in the electric field are amplified and reproduced as sound. So it says in Wikipedia that for those interested, far more relevant Information about the Theremin ready.
This presumably first electronic instrument was primarily characterized by its playback capabilities - glissando and vibrato were not possible in this form before the invention of the theremin. Today the modulation wheel on the keys does this job with the left (in the truest sense of the word); So there is no need to lift the part into the studio or onto the stage. Or is it? Well, seeing a theremin player in action is a cool retro experience; the sounds are spontaneously reminiscent of the sound effects of science fiction trash movies of the 1960s and 70s ... and among us: who does not know the most famous piece of music with a weighty Theremin reference?
In any case, the Centennial is reason enough for exiled Italian Gaudi to bring out an entire album that is dedicated to this instrument and - no na - the title "100 Years of Theremin - The Dub Chapter“ (Dubmission records). The strange combination of reggae /Dub and theremin has existed before - who still remembers with horror "Theremin in Dub"-Album on which Gary Himmelfarb aka Dr. Dread fine Dubs from the RAS Records catalog with howling sound effects. Why, why ... only the doctor himself knows.
It is different with Gaudi production. The renowned musician, whose output moves along the interface between electronica and world music, has an audible mastery of the Theremin instrument and creates melodies that go well with the album's backing tracks. And they don't come from just anyone, but from Dub-Cracks like Adrian Sherwood, Dennis Bovell, the Mad Professor, Scientist and Prince Fatty. No new productions, mind you; rather jewels from the back catalog of these producers.
I have to admit that I wasn't interested in this recycling of old tracks at first - no matter what fun, no matter what. As a music lover and reviewer, I am always looking for new sounds and effects, for fresh musical and technical possibilities, for the next ear and stomach orgasm. I see old and reboiled items as a reminiscence and expression of its time, which unfortunately can no longer be experienced in its original form today - but also as a benchmark against which current productions can be measured.
And yet it is a great pleasure to hear Style Scott (again) on classic On-U tracks. The rest of the backing tracks on the album are also of consistently good quality, that Dub-Mixing is flawless. And how is Gaudi and his theremin doing on the recordings? Well ... on the one hand excellent, after all he has been playing the instrument for 18 years. On the other hand, it all depends on what role the theremin was given in the mixing. When it is in balance with the rest of the instrumentation, it merges completely with the Dub - see Scientist's "Smokin Dub". With the other tracks it seems obtrusively loud and extremely annoying with its not very versatile timbre - Adrian Sherwood's "Dub out of theremin“Is mentioned here as an example. That is exactly the crux of “100 Years of Theremin - The Dub Chapter “: The instrument is almost always“ on top ”and pushes itself into the foreground like a diva. And as it is with divas, you quickly get tired of them and their mannerisms.
So how many tracks on the album can you listen to in a row without throwing in the towel? If you count on the excellent Dub-Work concentrated, you can possibly make it through the whole album at once. Otherwise the RDA is a maximum of three doses; But some people will be much more sensitive, I'm afraid.