Nerd Band of the Week: Eban Schletter

Sierra Houk July 2, 2012 1

Wait, Who?

Eban Schletter is one of those performers who makes playing music look extremely easy.  Not only that, playing music seems to come so naturally to him on many different instruments. He is one of the few musicians who can play the theremin, which was the first electronic instrument. Invented in the 1920’s, it’s played by positioning your hands near two antennae, one for volume and one for pitch. You would recognize the sound it produces from old 1950’s horror and sci-fi films.

Here’s Eban playing the Harry Potter theme on the theremin:

Eban has done the music for numerous TV shows and films, including Spongebob SquarepantsDumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, and Tenacious D.

What Makes Him Nerdy?

Comedy nerds have probably heard Eban Schletter‘s music, even if they didn’t know it. He contributed the music to Mr. Show with Bob and David from the second season through to the end, and the spin-off movie, Run Ronnie Run.

Eban has also done a lot of work with his friend, comedian Paul F. Tompkins. You can hear and watch him perform on the Pod F. Tompkast and Paul F. Tompkin’s Comedy Central special:

Where Should I Start?

Go through the collections of solo work and TV/film scores at the music section of Eban Schletter‘s website . Also, listen to an episode of the Pod F. Tompkast to hear Eban play piano under Paul F. Tompkin’s monologue. His ability to musically improv, score TV and film, and write and produce songs is what all makes Eban Schletter such a unique performer.

Where Can I Get His Music? 

His discography includes an array of albums, from Halloween themed collections like Tales of the Frightened and Eban Schletter’s Witching Hour, to compilations of folk, country, and pop songs on Hollywood Free-For-All. There’s an Eban Schletter album for everyone, whether it’s  Frontiers, “the soundtrack for a journey through outer – and inner – space”, or Three Payments, a “lo-fi drinking songs geared for a party of one, written during a time of heartbreak, loss and transition.”

All of his albums can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and NetherotaRecords.com.

Learn more about Eban at his website. Be sure to like Eban’s production company, The Netherota Studio, for updates on Eban’s music and performances, and follow Eban on Twitter, @EbanSchletter.

 

Do you know a nerdy band that should be featured on Almost Nerdy? Send me your suggestions at Sierra.Houk@gmail.com or tweet me, @SierraHouk.


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