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Theremin Lovers Unite

The first weekend in August will bring theremin enthusiasts great delight when Moog Music and the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club will host Ether Music 2005, a three-day celebration of the theremin in Asheville, N.C.

Ether Music 2005, which will take place from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7, will include workshops on topics such as theremin technique, how to build and customize a theremin historical perspectives from Bob Moog and more. In addition to workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to speakers and performances by popular thereminists including Pamelia Kurstin, Lydia Kavina, Barbara Buchholz, Armen Ra and Barbez featuring Pamelia Kurtsin, as well as tour the Moog Music factory where the theremin and other Moog products are made.

Also part of Ether Music 2005 will be an original composition contest open to amateur and professional musicians alike. To enter, submit an original theremin composition (no longer than five minutes) to Moog Music on a CD, cassette or as an MP3 file. Judges include Dr. Wayne Kirby of the University of North Carolina – Asheville School of Music, Albert Glinsky, Herb Deutsch and Bob Moog. Five winners will receive free registration to Ether Music 2005, a $395 value and one grand prizewinner will receive a $1,000 cash prize at the festival. To view official original composition contest rules or to purchase tickets to Ether Music 2005, visit

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