To celebrate 100 years of the Theremin, super producer Gaudi and friends have created an album of Theremin infused dub.
Developed in 1920 by Russian physicist Léon Theremin, the Theremin is an electronic device which works with magnetic fields and consists of one metal antenna controlled without physical contact. Predominantly a fairly niche instrument, it has featured in several styles of music since its creation, from classical works to sci-fi movie soundtracks, pop and rock.
Gaudi was supported in this tribute by five of the world’s top dub producers – Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, The Scientist, Dennis Bovell and Prince Fatty. All hugely respected individuals who have been representing the best of international dub production for the last 50 years, they have provided the riddims that underpin Gaudi’s Theremin playing on this astonishing project.
As a solo artist, Gaudi has recorded over 20 albums, while as a producer he has hundreds of productions under his belt. In his 30 year career he has worked with legends of the reggae and electronic music worlds including Steel Pulse, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Michael Rose, Horace Andy, Michael Franti, Zion Train, Maxi Priest, The Beat, Sizzla, Dub Pistols, Hollie Cook, Dub FX, Youth, The Orb, Simple Minds, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Deep Forest, Trentemøller and Lamb.
As a Theremin player for over 25 years, Gaudi has often combined his passion for the instrument and for reggae music, playing it on several of his albums, but until now he has never dedicated an entire release to it. Known and lauded for putting his “dub-take” on many musical genres, ‘100 Years of Theremin (The Dub Chapter)’ is Gaudi’s brainchild.
Listening to this blissful out-of-body-experience of an album, where roots reggae meets the enigmatic and ethereal sounds of sci-fi, is a deep and pensive experience. Haunting and mellifluous melodies meets earthy, bassy grooves in an unlikely yet undeniably successful union.
Despite the individual styles of the producers involved, the album has a unified quality, the cinematic feel of a soundtrack with the narrative being the distinctive voice of the Theremin.
Gaudi – Discography
2002 Gaudi + Keita – My Beautiful Laundrette (Sub Signal)
2004 Gaudi – Bass, Sweat & Tears (Interchill Records)
2005 Gaudi + Testa – Gaudi:Testa 1105 (em:t)
2006 Gaudi + Pete Namlook – Re:sonate (Fax)
2007 Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali (Six Degrees Records)
2008 Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali Remixes (Six Degrees Records)
2010 Gaudi – No Prisoners (Six Degrees Records)
2013 Gaudi – In Between Times (Six Degrees Records)
2014 Gaudi – Dub, Sweat & Tears (Six Degrees Records)
2017 Gaudi – Magnetic (RareNoise Records)
2018 Gaudi + Deep Forest – Epic Circuits (Sub Signal)
2019 Gaudi + Youth – Astronaut Alchemists (Liquid Sound Design)
2019 Gaudi – Mad Professor Meets Gaudi (Ariwa)
Gaudi – Weblinks
Mad Professor – Weblinks
Scientist – Weblinks
Dennis Bovell – Weblinks
Adrian Sherwood – Weblinks
Prince Fatty – Weblinks
Dub Mission Records – Weblinks