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Moog Music and the Orange Peel have announced a three-day celebration of the theremin. Ether Music 2005 will be held in the home of Moog Music, Asheville, NC, from Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th. The event will include workshops, speakers and performances by thereminists such as Pamelia Kurstin, Lydia Kavina, Barbara Buchholz, Armen Ra, and Barbez (featuring Pamelia Kurtsin). Workshop topics will include theremin technique, how to build and customize a theremin, historical perspectives from Bob Moog, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Moog Music factory where the theremin and other legendary Moog products are made, such as the Minimoog Voyager. Tickets for Ether Music 2005 are available online at ethermusic2005.com.
An original composition contest will be held in conjunction with this event. To participate, an original theremin composition, no longer than five minutes, must be submitted to Moog on CD, cassette or as an MP3 file. All entries must be postmarked not later than June 17,2005. The contest is open to amateur and professional musicians, and will be judged by a panel of distinguished judges including Dr. Wayne Kirby of the UNC-A school of Music, Albert Glinsky, Herb Deutsch and Bob Moog himself. Five winners of the contest will receive free registration to Ether Music 2005, a $395 value and one grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize at the festival.
Out of town guests will enjoy Asheville's art and music scene as well as the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Several Ether Music events will take place at the Asheville Double Tree, which also serves as the festivals host hotel.
For more information on Ether Music 2005 or to view official original composition contest rules please visit ethermusic2005.com