Chad Boulter: Playing the Theremin

Chad Boulter is a musician based in Florida. He plays guitar in a jazz band called Jump Start, and as a day job teaches music at a local music store.

Chad Boulter Theremin

He attended Florida A&M University, and graduated with a music degree, with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and Electronic Music composition. Chad Boulter says that electronic music a very broad category. “A lot of people, when they think about electronic music – they think it means dub or house music, something like that,” he said. “But it’s much more than that. Did you know that electronic music has been around for more than a hundred years?”

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As a student at Florida A&M, he was excited to get some hands-on experience with early electronic musical instruments, such as the Theremin. “In a way, you can’t really get your hands on a Theremin,” he said. “At least, not when you play it. It’s a curious instrument; you produce sounds on it, and control them, by waving your hands in front of a couple of wands, or antennas, that protrude from it. One of them is for pitch, and the other is for volume.” One is vertical and the other is horizontal. As your hand gets closer to the vertical antenna, Chad Boulter explained, the pitch gets higher, while approaching the horizontal one makes the volume softer. “But you don’t actually make contact with either one.”


About Chad Boulter

Chad Boulter rose through the amateur ranks as a skateboarder when he was only eighteen years old. Chad Boulter beat out many professional skaters in some of his first competitions. When he turned 21, he turned to snowboarding, and earned his first sponsorship. Today, he boards professionally and has entered competitions all over the world. Chad Boulter says his dream is to win Olympic Gold.
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