What the heck is a Theremin?
Although it sounds and looks like an object that belongs to the future, the theremin is an old instrument. It was presented to the world in 1919 by a Russian physicist named, Leon Theremin. The theremin is an electronic musical instrument that produces a tremulous spacey sound without being touched. It has a box-like shape with two antennas, one of which controls volume and the other controls pitch. The player uses the antennae to control the pitch and volume by altering the distance between their hands and the antenna.
Never heard of it.
Being a music lover from a young age and playing several instruments myself, I discovered the theremin long ago. I first heard it being played in a Led Zepplin song, “Whole Lotta Love,” and the cool sounds sparked my interest. I learned as much as I could about the theremin and planned to get my own at some point. I was even further inspired to acquire a theremin of my own after I learned that one of my favorite figures, Einstein, was also fascinated with the instrument.
Back then, mentioning my interest in the theremin brought me many puzzled faces and a barrage of questions. It seemed as if no one but me had ever heard of such an instrument. I’ve even had a few people tell me I was crazy, that this theremin thing didn’t exist. How could you play an instrument without touching it? I kept my interest anyway and I am currently awaiting a delivery for my new theremin.
The Theremin is making a comeback.
Even though I enjoyed educating others about the theremin, I’ve noticed that people are starting to take an interest themselves. They’ve already heard of the theremin and know exactly what it is and how it works. I believe the new interest in an instrument like the theremin could be due to a number of factors.
- We live in an a world of technology. Electronics have become a major part of the musical productions.
- Musical technology continues to progress and become a more accepted form of musical expression.
- The Theremin is one of the earliest electronic musical instruments.
- American Horror Story featured the theremin in their third season.
The factors above are just a few of the many reasons people may now be taking an interest in the theremin.
Why you should try the theremin.
I enjoy all musical instruments but there is something unique about playing the theremin. It is made in such a way that anyone, a skilled musician or non musician, can play beautiful music. Playing the theremin is a very soothing experience and can be done in a completely freestyle manner. All you have to do is move your hands and let your body guide the music.
Learn more about how the theremin works at http://www.theremin.info/-/viewpub/tid/30/pid/8