Sunday, 10 May 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2625

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1. ThereminWorld
From: George Lessard

1. ThereminWorld
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat May 9, 2009 3:34 pm ((PDT))

What's a Theremin?
By: Jason, 12/7/2005 -

Meet the Theremin
The theremin was invented in 1919 by a Russian physicist named Lev Termen
(in the United States his name was Leon Theremin). Today, this marvelous
instrument is once again in the musical spotlight.

Besides looking like no other instrument, the theremin is unique in that
it is played without being touched.

Two antennas protrude from the theremin - one controlling pitch, and the
other controlling volume. As a hand approaches the vertical antenna, the
pitch gets higher. Approaching the horizontal antenna makes the volume
softer. Because there is no physical contact with the instrument, playing
the theremin in a precise melodic way requires practiced skill and keen
attention to pitch.

In the early 1920's, Leon Theremin came to the United States to promote
his invention. He was given a studio to work in, and he trained several
musicians to help bring the theremin into the public eye. Then, in 1938,
Leon Theremin was taken back to the Soviet Union by force, leaving behind
his studio, friends, business, and his wife. After a stay in a prison
camp, Leon Theremin reportedly worked for the KGB designing among other
things, the "bug" and methods for cleaning up noisy audio recordings.

Wondering what a theremin sounds like? Here are some links to audio
samples, interviews, and songs.

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