Build a Theremin @ Hacklab

by on Mar.28, 2009, under Projects, Workshops

IMPORTANT UPDATE: (2009-03-30) The workshop is now full. – Andrew

Okay electronics and music enthusiasts, it’s time to get out your soldering irons! (or buy one if you don’t have one yet) We’re going to build Theremins! (no experience required) If you’re not familiar with this amazing musical instrument, check out the following video of Clara Rockmore, or read the Wikipedia page.

We’re going to build a design by the late great Robert Moog. The circuit is excellent, easy to build, and you’ll end up with a professional-quality instrument on par with any commercial model.  This is a great opportunity to learn some soldering and electronics skills and build a unique project. We’re going to provide kits since many of the parts are hard to find and expensive in single quantities. Here are the important details:

  • Andrew Kilpatrick will lead the group
  • Members and non-members are invited to take part – no electronics experience is necessary
  • A maximum of 6 spaces are available this time around
  • 4-6 workshops on Wednesday nights to build the project (extra time available as needed)
  • Parts and supplies will cost approx. $120 – Please pay in advance to reserve your space.
    • includes quality parts, PCBs, power supply, connectors, controls
    • includes an acrylic laser-cut control panel (your choice of colour!)
    • doesn’t include a wooden enclosure – we can build some here if someone wants to help
  • Andrew is designing an optional amplified speaker which you can build for approx. $50

Please email Andrew: hacklab-mail at andrewkilpatrick.org to express your interest and reserve a space. Once we have six people signed up and paid up we’ll get the parts and start building.  Andrew will mail participants with more details.

5 Comments for this entry

  • Chris Gahan

    Hey, you know what might be fun… building some of the theramins in a modular way, so that the sound-generator could be replaced with another component, such as a USB interface.

    The device could be a theramin, or a MIDI input… or a game controller… or something even more creative! :D

  • nitrous

    Hi there,
    Do you have any pictures or schematics for this project? Also, any room left for the sessions to build one?

    I work up the street at CAMH on Russell Street.

    Wednesday’s are usually good days for me to work in the afternoon/evening.

  • hypatia

    Hey Doug,

    I’ll send you an email as well, but the current workshop is full and already in progress. Drop Andrew an email and get yourself added to the list if you’re interested in the next run :)


  • Jason

    Very cool to see an event like this. Next time you do one, please let me know @thereminworld (or thereminworld.com) and we’ll help give you publicity. World Thereminization FTW!

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