On October 12th, to celebrate Halloween, the October Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meetup had a double feature with presentations by Victoria Lundy and Mark Mosher on "The Sound of 50's SciFi: Theremins and Circuits.
Part 1 - I presented a short talk on 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 Outer Space" to name a few.
In Part 2 – Mark talked about the work of Louis and Bebe Barron--- electronic tonalities for the groundbreaking film "Forbidden Planet".
The presentations included audio/film clips, as well as demonstrations on how to create some of these iconic sounds. I mostly just talked about Sam Hoffman, Mark did live patching of digital modular circuits projected on screen using Cycling '74s MAX BEAP Modular.
Then we performed a 50s SciFi set at the aftermeetup.