Jakub Ciupiński


It is not easy to avoid an awkward situation when a purely electroacoustic music is premiered at a concert hall. If the music is played through a loudspeaker system, it doesn’t feel like a live concert. This problem can be partially solved by using a laptop or other audio equipment on stage to improvise. But still, something is missing when we see a person on a stage, sitting in front of a laptop. It is hard to see the difference between improvising truly live electronic music and playing back iTunes track while checking an e-mail account.

Therefore, I started looking for alternative solutions and it seemed natural to look for sensors. Very  trendy subject by the way. In Birmingham Conservatoire I had access to a wide selection of sensors, but when I started experimenting with them, I quickly realized, that something was missing. It didn’t feel “organic” enough.

Four years ago I turned my attention to one of the oldest electronic instrument, Theremin. I have never been a big fan of Theremin sound, but I saw the possibility of using it as a very “organic” proximity sensor. Also, the idea of using such old device with the newest audio technology, was very inspiring.

Eventually I built the system out of two theremins and laptop with my own software, to perform a live electronic music. Without too too much technical information I will leave you with the examples below. Enjoy.


gesture controlled music