Kip Rosser | Lessons from Vinegar Mother (Ambient Compositions for Theremin)

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Lessons from Vinegar Mother (Ambient Compositions for Theremin)

by Kip Rosser

Inspired by the lost art of "reading" the Mother of Vinegar, the ethereal voice of the theremin flows through meditative expanses, energetic passages that seethe with rhythms, and melodies that degrade into sonic textures and then reconstruct themselves.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lesson One
3:55 $0.99
2. Lesson Two
6:24 $0.99
3. Lesson Three
8:28 $0.99
4. Lesson Four
6:54 $0.99
5. Lesson Five
8:06 $0.99
6. Lesson Six
6:36 $0.99
7. Lesson Seven
7:36 $0.99
8. Lesson Eight
8:01 $0.99
9. Lesson Nine
3:03 $0.99
10. Lesson Ten
8:00 $0.99
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Award-winning thereminist, Kip Rosser has created "Lessons from Vinegar Mother," an ambient album as steeped in ancient lore as it is in twenty-first century technology, all using an instrument invented in 1919, during the dawn of the electro-technological age.

Rosser's solo concerts, performance art, impromptu appearances in New York City subways, award-winning compositions, and industry recognition have earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished thereminists in the world. His two previous albums, "Exploration of the Black Exterior - Improvisations for Theremin and Keyboards" and "Euphonic Verses" (an album of classical music) pushed the boundaries of what the theremin, the grandfather of all electronic instruments, is capable of. "Lessons From Vinegar Mother" is another musical language Rosser has taught his theremin to speak.

And who, or what, is the Vinegar Mother? From 4th century Norse culture comes the obscure and nearly lost art of receiving lessons from the Vinegar Mother. Mother of Vinegar, or Mycoderma aceti (from the Greek μὑκης (fungus) plus δἐρμα (skin), and the Latin aceti (of the acid), is composed of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that forms in unpasteurized vinegar. Oxidation gives rise to this gelatinous substance that can assume amorphous and even ethereal shapes.

It is these shapes that are “read” by a practitioner of the art. Bengta Stenlund is a tenth generation reader or “Daughter” of the Vinegar Mother. All of the music on "Lessons From Vinegar Mother" was directly inspired and composed using the text of ten lessons Ms. Stenlund imparted specifically for this project.

Put it on and let it flow. The haunting voice of the theremin, combined with all ten lesson texts in the free, downloadable Vinegar Mother Booklet, encourages the listener’s own associations, lending depth and personal resonance to the music…all in the background.

Rosser is continually interested in working with anyone seeking to incorporate a theremin into their music, film scores or other projects. Most recently, he composed and recorded theremin tracks for new works by Sebastian Yumatle of Argentina (after meeting in the New York City subway!) and Jassem Darkvain of Kuwait as well as other musicians around the world. His original music was used for Sabina Ptasnik’s short film, "Gravity." In 2014 he provided the theremin tracks by composer Dane Walker for the new Toddy Burton film, "Scientists in the Woods." And he has just been commissioned to compose an original theremin score for HeSaidSheSaid Productions director, Michael Jason Allen's upcoming feature-length psychological thriller, "An Idle Mind is the Devil's Playground."



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Jason Allen

A Theremin Haven
Some of us listen to music to take us away from the now. Not necessarily the now as in time, but the now as in what's happening at the moment. This CD (yes, CD... not digital mp- whatever) does just that for me. The fact that I'm a synthaholic and a theremin endearer, makes this album all the more apt for me to appreciate this work of art. I don't review albums often, but seeing as there isn't anything like this in my collection, a unique album deserves a unique couple of words. Seriously, it's cool.