Sunday, May 14, 2006

THERAMINS!!!! (in honor of JohnnyC)

The greatest, most mesmerizing invention ever. On earth.
You play the air. Literally.

"The Theremin is one of the earliest electronic instruments, and is played without ever physically touching it. Outfitted with two antennas, a magnetic field surrounds the instrument, and when the hands of the player enter the field, changes in pitch and volume occur. The left side controls the volume, and the right controls the pitch."

I learned about it from watching Hitchcock's "Spellbound". It beats the Dali dream sequence hollow. I love these things. They used it in "the day the earth stood still" and tons of other sci-fi movies.


Blogger Jonnie 7-11 said...

Jon Spencer from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays the theramin

8:46 PM  
Blogger Juan Bodley said...

The Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations" has a theremin...Mike Love played it, and it uses direct contact instead of air motions, but it's the same device.
In essence, a theremin transmits and receives magnetic waves and then, depending on how you are "tuned" to the receiver, that signal is amplified. Like you wanted to know that.

12:32 PM  

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