Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just one Theramin will have you regular

I'd not heard of it until it was talked about on ABC RN. The Theramin is the first electric, or electronic if you like, music machine. It was invented by a Russian Doctor by the name of Leon Theramin. It has long been used for horror movie sound tracks and while I suppose modern electronic machines can do wonderful things, the Theramin is still used today.



Do you want to hear something modern that uses a Theramin? Click here.

11 comments:

  1. You learn something new everyday from blogging. Midsomer Murder is Bill's favourite show and Gattina another blogger.

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  2. Theremins are fascinating instruments. I have one in kit form, just waiting for me to pick up a soldering iron (yuck) and put it together.

    "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys is another good example of a theremin used well.

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  3. Diane, some knowledge you can sprout as the opening credits roll on Sunday night. I like the show especially for the scenery and the buildings.

    And then Smudgeon, you have to learn to play it. I am surprised that I had not heard of it. I just listened to the BB track and I can hear it clearly.

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  4. Oh, I've seen these before - somewhere. Simply lovely.

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  5. I too had never heard of the Theramin, as the first electric music machine ever made or as an instrument making sound tracks for horror movies. But it was and is totally brilliant.

    How old is the film footage, by the way? I loved hearing the Russian...it tapped right into my family's collective unconscious :)

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  6. Rubye, note that any pretender who like to conduct an orchestra would have great fun.

    Hels, Theramin invented it in the late twenties, so I imagine the film is not much newer than that. It is a cool and weird instrument.

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  7. Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory has a Theramin, that's where I first heard of them. it's an interesting sound.

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  8. I have never heard of one either! If you close your eyes, the sound is very close to a wavery soprano. What a great little machine.

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  9. River, good that it is in popular culture.

    Bliss, it is something I would like to play with. It is very high pitched isn't it.

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  10. Wow - thannks for that - you learn something new every day of the week some weeks...now How can I slip that into my conversation? Maybe wait till i hear one in a theme track and say, "Isnt it amazing what a well played Theramin" can do"

    You are a fount (or is it font) of knowledge

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  11. MC, I just heard a tiny bit about it and forgot the name. The rest I found on the net.

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