DORIT CHRYSLER has been dubbed a hybrid Bj?rk-Faithfull entity, a superior wizard of the Theremin. An Austrian-born, New York-based composer and musician, she is mostly known for her use of the instrument you don’t actually touch, but automatically think of the Twilight Zone when you hear it.
The Theremin is one of the first electronic instruments, invented in 1919 and patented in 1928. It?s kind of psychic because you?re playing the invisible energy fields around the aentennas, which are controlling the sound?s pitch and volume (Led Zeppelin used it on tracks like “Whole Lotta Love” and “No Quarter”).
Chrysler may play a fringe instrument, but she has had her fair share of being center stage (when not sharing the bill with Marilyn Manson, Dinosaur Jr., or Blonde Redhead). She has recorded with the producers of Cat Power, The Strokes and Tocotronic, with her first solo record was released in 2004 and her most recent record is the spooky-sounding Avalanche.
A solo artist for 13 years now, Chrysler has got one foot in the art scene, playing at the biggest art events like the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and museums all over Europe. She has founded the New York Theremin Society, which brings together like-minded Theremin players and put on shows together.