Wednesday, January 25, 2012

If ghosts made music it would be like this.

Late Sunday night as my love and I sat in the cal arts library pondering what movie to watch next as he suggested a scary one, and I being the chicken quickly turned it down, we stumbled upon the Theremin movie, about the guy who invented the Theremin, yes my next question was what the hell is a Theremin.
And thus this post, so you know that scary ass music you hear in old timey scary movies. Yea you do here’s an example.
From the guy who actually invented the instrument.

In any case this thing is pretty awesome its the only musical instrument that can be played without actually touching anything except the air around it. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the Theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.” Leon Theremin created the instrument in October 1920 in Russian after trying to do research for proximity sensors. Lenin was so impressed by it he sent Theremin on a worldwide tour to show off his newest awesomeness. Although he left the US under weird circumstances, he ended up in Russian working in some prison camp. His instrument stayed and although it only has a niche group of players it’s still pretty awesome.
And there you have it, music for ghosts and Russian work camps. Now I want a Theremin.
want to know more: theremins

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