H E T H E R E M I N
theremin was the world’s first electronic musical instrument,
invented in 1919 by the Russian scientist Leon Theremin. The theremin
is the only musical instrument that is played without actually touching
any part of the instrument itself. The theremin creates an electromagnetic
field around the instrument, which can be controlled using the two
protruding antennas. By moving ones hands through the field, one
can control the pitch and volume, and create music.
horizontal loop antenna controls the volume, while the vertical
antenna controls the pitch. Because there is no physical contact
with the instrument, the theremin is notoriously difficult to control
and play with accuracy.
theremin became widely used in science fiction movies in the 1950s
and 1960s, where its haunting sounds created the perfect backdrop
for flying saucers and robots.
more information about the theremin, see the excellent documentary
by acclaimed Director Steven M. Martin, entitled “Theremin
– An Electronic Odyssey.” The film concentrates
on the history of the instrument and its fascinating inventor.
you’re interested in purchasing a theremin, they are available