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The Sound of 50's SciFi: Theremins and Circuits

To celebrate Halloween, the October Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meetup will have a double feature with presentations by Victoria Lundy and Mark Mosher on "The Sound of 50's SciFi: Theremins and Circuits. 

In Part 1 - Victoria will focus on the Thereminist Sam Hoffman who's work is synonymous with the iconic SciFi sound. He contributed to a huge number of films including the classic 1951 "The Day the Earth Stood Still", 1951 The "Thing from Another World", 1953 "Project Moon Base", and the 1953 "It Came from Outperspace" to name a few.

In Part 2 – Mark will discuss the work of Louis and Bebe Barron to create electronic tonalities for the groundbreaking film "Forbidden Planet". 

Both talks will offer background information on the artists, technology, and techniques used. The presentations will feature audio/film clips, as well as demonstrations on how to create some of these iconic sounds. Victoria will be working with Theremin and Mark will do live patching of digital modular circuits projected on screen using Cycling '74s MAX BEAP Modular. 

*** Spoiler Alert *** Watch these films before you arrive so we'll be free to discuss these films without spoiling plot points.

Mark and Victoria will then perform a 50s SciFi set at the aftermeetup.


Lastly, if you have any hardware you want to sell/trade - bring it along. If you want to buy some used gear from members bring some cash and/or a checkbook.


MEETUP 7-9:30pm (All ages)

* 7-7:30 Arrive, get name tag, consider a donation, order food and drink at the front bar, setup.

* 7:20-7:30 Meetup kickoff and announcements.

* 7:30-8:00 Victoria on the Theremin and The Day the Earth Stood Still

* 8:00-8:30 Mark on Electronic Tonalities in Forbidden Planet

* 8:30-9:00 Introductions and & Mingling

 AFTER-MEETUP 9:30-10:30pm (All ages)

* 9:30pm Performance by Victoira Lundy and Mark Mosher

* 10-10:30 Mingling and tear down

AFTER-MEETUP 9:30-10:30pm (All ags)

* 9:30pm Performance by Victoira Lundy and Mark Mosher

* 10-10:30 Mingling and tear down


Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other artists. She has performed at the Denver Noise Festival,  Westword Music Showcase with the Inactivists and at the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase as a guest of ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts,  DU Lamont School of Music, in the DCPA Complex as part of MakeMusicDenver 2016, demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention, and has given a presentation on electronic music She has participated in the Concrete Mixer musique concrete series, and participated in the 2015 Denver Mini Maker Faire demonstrating the theremin.  She also currently plays with the The Flux Crew Conduction Ensemble, (  a twelve piece chamber ensemble that engages in real time collaborative composition.  She released a solo recording, Miss American Vampire, on Halloween 2015.  Currently, she’s concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin.


Mark Mosher is an experimental artist from Boulder. His performances fuse the worlds of real-time sound & light synthesis to create cinematic electronic soundscapes with supporting visuals. 

Mark has released 3 scifi inspired albums, 1 horror soundscape album, singles, remixes, and has a soundscape podcast called Sonic Encounters. Mark’s collaborations include (no)poem with Minnesota-based artist Darwin Grosse, A.I. Winter with Michael O’Bannon out of Atlanta , and The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble with Tom and Victoria Lundy out of Denver. Select venues where Mark has performed include Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver, Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Microsoft Store, the grand opening of the University of Denver’s Performance Black Box and more.

Mark is an active member of the Denver/Boulder experimental scene and won Westword Magazine’s “Best Experimental Mix Denver 2014” for a concert he produced and performed in at the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts in Boulder. Mark won honorable mention in Westword’s “Best Visuals for Music Experience” in 2016.

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  • Thomas L.

    Two excellent presentations.

    November 4

  • Michael H.

    Well-researched presentations by Victoria and Mark. Definitely fun and informative!

    1 · October 13

  • Brian D.

    Hearing the contrast between the better known "Sci-Fi" eerie warbling and the more "operatic" musical style provided insight into how instruments can get "stereotyped" by the style of play that people hear them used in. Fun facts about Forbidden Planet and how the sounds were made in the pre+ synthesizer era. Worth the trip. :)

    1 · October 13

  • Travis B.

    Awesome topic with some great discussions and interesting insight!

    1 · October 12

  • Squirrely M.

    Way more than I bargain for

    1 · October 12

  • Bob R.

    Sorry gents, I have been assigned soccer mom duty tonight. I still want to surplus the oberheim matrix -6 and other goodies. I offer free delivery too boot [masked].

    October 12

  • Bob R.

    Looks like fun! I will bring a Matrix-6 looking for a good home. Also if anyone has an Electron analog 4 to surplus I would love it.

    1 · October 10

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