Scene News: New theremin album by Miles Brown ‘The Gateway’

Australian thereminist and composer Miles Brown returns to Death Waltz Originals for his second solo LP of incredible theremin driven gothic sci-fi techno. Miles Brown is Australia’s leading proponent of the theremin – the oldest electronic instrument in the world, and the only instrument that is played without being touched. 

A student of Russian theremin queen Lydia Kavina, Brown is known for his work with Melbourne instrumental electronic acts The Night Terrors and The Narcoleptor, and has performed with legends such as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Goblin, Black Mountain, Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke, Danielle de Picciotto and Marc Ribot. Working with the ethereal interface of this gesturally controlled instrument, Brown conjures unique emotional landscapes that query the relationships between space, sound, electronics and the body.  Brown is one of the few thereminists in the world composing and producing new original music for the instrument, and his work seeks to develop new contexts for theremin that both expand upon and subvert its traditional uses. 

THE GATEWAY is Brown’s second LP release with cult UK movie soundtrack label Death Waltz – home to legendary film composers including John Carpenter, Goblin, Ennio Morricone, Angelo Badalamenti, Fabio Frizzi and Roque Baños. Released in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the instrument, THE GATEWAY features theremin in the extraordinary realm of high-energy post-Italo electronics. For this newest collection of original works, Brown transports the instrument to the heart of the dance floor – reimagining its mysterious interface as an electro-magical conduit for the opening of forbidden portals and the summoning of subversive spirits.

THE GATEWAY also features a contemporary expansion of the classic theremin sound. Brown plays the Moog Etherwave Pro theremin in two ways – employing both its familiar heterodyne voicing and possessing a range of analogue synthesisers via control voltage technology. This groundbreaking combination presents a fresh voice and thrilling new context for the world’s oldest electronic instrument.
THE GATEWAY LP is available in three limited edition heavyweight vinyl variants, with stunning artwork by Luke Fraser/AHR+.   Exclusive Mondo colourway: blue, purple + pink splatter Exclusive Australian colourway: purple + pink swirl General release: black vinyl

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