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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-10-27: Theremin, Musical-Saw, Glass-Harmonica Noir

October 25, 2020
AccNoir 2010-10-27


From ten years ago, here’s our extra-long (triple-length three-hour) Fall Member Drive episode #201 of CFRO’s weekly AccordionNoir program.  At this time we tried to turn over our member drive specials to other under-represented fellow “underdog” instruments who didn’t rate a specialty radio program of their own, so this time around Bruce semantically linked up the three similarly-sounding sources of DIY sonic sine waves: theremins, musical saws, and glass armonicas.  Joining us for one of its three hours was fabulous local theremin manipulator prOphecy sun, a local guest expert!  Sometimes the specialty content we offer up simply cannot be obtained elsewhere, as evidenced by the 9205 listens this episode tracked at its original online home.  You can enjoy listening to it today (all morning long, much to your co-workers’ delight!) courtesy of its new online home at the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist: 

AccNoir-2010-10-27, Theremin, Musical-Saw, Glass-Harmonica Noir. Monster three hour playlist show, with special guest prOphecy Sun!

Big Thank You to member-drive supporters October 20 & 27th!
We helped the station raise $30,000.

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.

* William Zeitler – The Fixed Stars – The Frontier to the Beyond – Music of the Spheres (2003) – –
* Bernard Herrmann (composer) – The Day the Earth Stood Still – Prelude/Outer Space/Radar (Isolated soundtrack) – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – – violins, cellos, and basses (all three electric), two theremin electronic instruments (played by Dr. Samuel Hoffman and Paul Shure), two Hammond organs, a large studio electric organ, three vibraphones, two glockenspiels
* Nathan – Sophie’s Waltz – Key Principles (2007) – Winnipeg, Canada –
* Kathryn Calder – Arrow – Are You My Mother? (2010) – BC, Canada – Lily Fawn, musical saw.
* Thomas Bloch – Cold Song – Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra (2011) – Paris, France – (composed in 2009) (Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra) male soprano (7 parts) : Joerg Waschinski / cristal Baschet, waterphone : Thomas Bloch
* mama! milk – rosa mundi – Fragrance of Notes (2008) – Kyoto, Japan –
* Prima Donkey – Who’s To Say? Part 1 – Prima Donkey’s Rhythme Exotique (2006) – Belgium –
* Lufa-Lufa – Boulevard – Foledad (2010) – Portugal – Ricardo Rocha: G/C diatonic accordion / Carlos Adolfo: Melodica, glasses, glockenspiel –
* Weird Looking Thing – The Thing from Another World (1955)
* Dimitri Tiomkin (composer) – The Thing from Another World, Isolated Music Soundtrack – The Thing from Another World (1955) – This is probably one of the most iconic scenes in science-fiction movie history: the discovery and “explosive digging” of the flying saucer in Christian Nyby’s “The thing from another world” (1951). Produced by legendary producer Howard Hawks.
* Armen Ra – Keler Tsoler – Plays the Theremin (2010) – Persian-Armenian, Los Angeles, California, USA – (mixed by Jack Atlantis)
* Djin Teeth (Fangs) – Abandonment Of The Shipyard – Auntie Eunice’s Unmentionables (2004) – Portland, Oregon, USA –
* Natalia Paruz (the Saw Lady) / Scott Munson (Piano – Mary Bopp) – Air on the G string – I Saw The Future – New York City, New York State, USA – Available for download from
* Armen Ra – Dle Yaman – Plays the Theremin (2010) – Persian-Armenian, Los Angeles, California, USA – (mixed by Jack Atlantis. Doesn’t that sound like a person singing?)
* prOphecy Sun Live in the Studio on theremin-o-rama! – track name: What Did You Say – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada –
* Tom Waits – Fawn – Version made for the movie “Yes” by Sally Potter – Thomas Bloch, cristal Baschet and ondes Martenot / Fred Frith, electric guitar
* Dandelion Junk Queens – Halloween – Black Hearts and Red Balloons – Bellingham, WA, USA –
* Circus Contraption – If I Told You Once – The Sepiachord Passport (2010) – Seattle, Washington, USA –
* Corbin Murdoch And The Nautical Miles – Your Bird Song – Tell Me Again How This Place Got Its Name (2006) – East Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Anna Netrebko; Claudio Abbado: Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor – O Giusto Cielo! – Sempre Libera (2004) – Sascha Reckert, Verrophone (an instrument he invented himself!)
* Kugelplex – Dem Trisker Rebn’s Khusid – Ceçi N’Est Pas Klezmer (2004) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA –
* The Creaking Planks – Moscow Nights – unreleased (2008) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* William Zeitler – Venus – The Sphere of Love – Music of the Spheres (2003) – –
* Natalia Paruz / the Saw-Lady – Lame Sonore-Scott Munson Composer – AmeriKlectic (2010) – New York City, New York State, USA – Available for download from
* Lily Fawn – Deep In The Woods – Lullaby Album: Brightest, Darkest (2008) – Victoria, BC, Canada –
* Thomas Bloch – Christ Hall Blues – Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra (2011) – Paris, France – (Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra) male soprano (12 voices) : Joerg Waschinski / glass harmonica, cristal Baschet, ondes Martenot, bells : Thomas Bloch / musical saw : David Coulter
* Madagascar – Our First Communist Psychic Researcher – Forced March (2005) – Baltimore, Maryland, USA –
* Fishtank – Itty Bitty Snitty Little Frenchman – Super Raoul (2005) – Los Angeles, California, USA –
* Armen Ra – Crane – Plays the Theremin (2010) – Persian-Armenian, Los Angeles, California, USA – (mixed by Jack Atlantis)
* Thomas Bloch / Mozart – Adagio in C Minor, K617 – Music for glassharmonica / Thomas Bloch (2001) – Paris, France – (ref. : Naxos 8.555295) glass harmonica : Thomas Bloch / flute : Philippe Bernold / oboe : Maurice Bourgue / viola and cello : members of Rosamonde Quartet
* Asylum Street Spankers – Think About Your Troubles – Mommy Says No! (2006) – Austin, Texas – Originally from the odd kids’ cartoon “The Point!” by the great Harry Nilsson. (Get the Ringo Starr version.) –!
* Lily Fawn – Into The Holes – Lullaby Album: Brightest, Darkest (2008) – Victoria, BC, Canada –
* Nathan – The Wind – Key Principles (2007) – Winnipeg, Canada –
* Natalia Paruz / the Saw-Lady (Scott Munson Composer) – Bend – I Saw The Future (2010) – New York City, New York State, USA – This piece was premiered at the NYC Musical Saw Festival 2009 (the same festival where the Guinness World Record was established for ‘Largest Musical Saw Ensemble’ with 53 sawists playing together). Available for download from
* Aurélia – Les écluses – Hypnogol, Journal d’un capitaine (2008) – Belgium –
* The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – 20 Good Vibrations – Greatest Hits (1966) – partial creators of “Southern California, USA” – The Electro-Theremin, often called the Tannerin, was developed by trombonist Paul Tanner and amateur inventor Bob Whitsell in the late 1950s to produce a sound to mimic that of the theremin.
* Orpheum Bell – What If No Sparrow Fell – Pearls (2009) – Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA –
* Rob Schwimmer, Uri Caine & Mark Feldman – Waltz For Clara – Theremin Noir (2000) –
* prOphecy Sun and Tyranahorse – Margaret Final Master – ghostwolfmotherhawk: prairieunicornlionlioness – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – (This is a special pod-cast only track I forgot to play the night of the show. Exclusively edited into the past for you here!) –
* The God Box – Glass Harmonica – Aaahh! –
* Thomas Cartwright and the Boys – Watermelon Is Spoiling On The Vine – Bahamas Islands Of Song (1995) –
* Ed Moxey’s Rake ‘n Scrape – The Timestable – Bahamas Islands Of Song (1995) – Ragged Island and Cat Island, the Bahamas –
* Thomas Bloch – Sancta Maria – Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra (2011) – Paris, France – (Composed in 1998) (Missa Cantate – Works for male soprano, rare instruments and orchestra) male soprano (4 parts) : Joerg Waschinski / glass harmonica, cristal Baschet, keyboards, crystal bells : Thomas Bloch
* Sascha Reckert, Glass Harmonica. Karoline Eichhorn, rezitation; Claudio Abbado: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven: Leonore Prohaska, WoO 96 – Du, Dem Sie Dewunden – Beethoven: Incidental Music – Die Weihe Des Hauses, Leonore Prohaska (1996) – Music for Friedrich Dunker’s play “Leonore Prohaska:” A young woman from Potsdam, disguised as a man, fights with volunteer riflemen in the Wars of Liberation before falling in battle in 1813.

(I gotta say, if this isn’t the largest collection of glass harmonica, theremin, and musical saw music ever gathered in one place, then the world is a stranger place than I thought.)

And for the cover image? prOphecy Sun with her Theremin and our Co-op Radio fund-drive thermometer heading for the sky! Thanks for joining us!


Natilia Paruz is worthy of the fandom she’s earned from the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve heard her in the subways of New York. I wish we had the audience she does!

Thomas Bloch from Paris, France: plays glass harmonica, theremin (cello), the ondes martinet (read about this theremin-ish instrument on his site), cristal Baschet, waterphone, and I bet he could whip out a number or two on the saw if you asked. His website is a great tour of the rarer ends of the instrumental spectrum:
Thomas wrote to correct us – it’s the “ondes Martinot,” not martinet, “except if you are masochist – this last word means whip in french”!)

Armen Ra (Persian-Armenian, Hollywood, Californian) sent us amazingly lovely theremin music, playing like none I’ve ever heard, recommended by our friend Baby Dee earlier this year. Thank you both! (I fear some of this got distorted by my clumsiness at the board. You must get the record now!)

William Zeitler sent us these wonderful modern and historical glass harmonica pieces. Truly a master, and he has a great site about various glass instruments.

You should read Louise Marley’s great book, The Glass Harmonica (2001). It’s a young-adult historical novel about a girl who plays Ben Franklin’s instrument for him. I want to read more by her:


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