The Theremin in eXistenZ


Score by Howard Shore
Theremin played by Lydia Kavina

The music for eXistenZ is composed for a seventy-five piece orchestra, primarily consisting of musicians from Howard Shore's regular recording ensemble The London Philharmonic Orchestra, augmented by the early Russian electronic instrument, the theremin. "But the theremin is not used traditionally, it's really used as an orchestral instrument." Howard Shore explains. "If it plays a little solo part, it sounds like it's sitting in the orchestra and could have been an oboe. I also used a bass harmonica and there are other elements, there is a little bit of electronics. It has a strange quality to it, in the way that I perceived the recording. Even though I recorded the orchestra in sections, I sometimes played with the perception of the groups in the orchestra. When you hear an orchestra play, you hear everything in its own perspective, in the way people are set up. What I've done is altered that - you might hear sounds from the back of the orchestra that are brought right up to the front. I've changed the perspective of some of the groups in the orchestra."

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