Mr. Berlin is an active multi-instrumental performer in the Houston area with over 25 years of experience. Due to an injury, he has had to significantly limit time spent on many instruments he is well known for, particularly brass and bowed strings. Today he performs primarily on classical guitar, accordion, and electronic keyboard as well as voice.  In the recording studio he enjoys popular, artistic, and experimental music projects with composed and improvisatory material. He still performs in the community and home concerts streamed live across the Internet. His first album is set for release in 2020.

His teaching website is located at

In this piece, I hope you can allow your mind to create mental pictures to accompany the music. Whatever you envision, is correct! I'd love to hear what you saw.

If you'd like to do this, don't read any further until you've had your first listen to the entire piece. I'll share my imagined thoughts below.

What I imagine:

The title implies that there are little things and a big thing. The specific things that I imagined were all the robots aboard the fictitious space ship USS CYGNUS from the movie The Black Hole. The little things were the cute robots like V.I.N.C.E.N.T and B.O.B. and all the other little robots and droids and A.I. personalities in the ship's computer systems. The big thing is, of course, the sinister-looking robot Maximilian along with the faceless drones. I envisioned a run-of-the-mill day aboard the CYGNUS with the little robots simultaneously avoiding and playing around the other robots and eventually trying to teach Maximilian how to sing. Maximilian is represented by the augmented octave C3/B2.

In Liberty and Justice for Theremin and Shortwave Radio, I use a Burns B3 theremin , a Boss RC-30 looper pedal, and white noise from a Realistic  DX-440 shortwave radio to create the piece.  The opening rhythm is an approximation of the rhythm that the American Pledge of Allegiance is recited.  After building to a climax, the closing rhythm represents the phrase "with liberty and justice for all."

This is a fun mashup I created from Terry Riley's A Rainbow in Curved Air and Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band over Pauline Oliveros's Mind Bog. I consider myself a fan of both of these artists and I love how their pieces sound together!