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    The theremin, aka the etherophone: the first musical instrument played without being touched

    Post  newel on Sun May 15, 2011 10:17 am

    Theremin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin
    The theremin, originally known as the aetherphone/etherophone, thereminophone[2] or termenvox/thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

    The theremin is associated with a very eerie sound, which has led to its use in movie soundtracks such as Miklos Rozsa's for Spellbound and The Lost Weekend and Bernard Herrmann's for The Day the Earth Stood Still and as the theme tune for the ITV drama Midsomer Murders. Theremins are also used in concert music (especially avant-garde and 20th- and 21st-century new music) and in popular music genres such as rock. Psychedelic rock bands in particular, such as Hawkwind, have often used the theremin in their work.


    Theremin Lydia Kavina plays "Claire de Lune"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn4TgYkqdi8


    Celia Sheen plays Midsomer Murders on Theremin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTZK9FNgK74

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