Theremin Information

Have you ever imagined yourself conducting while listening to your favorite music?

Perhaps you like to play the "air-guitar".  Can you imagine an instrument that follows the movements of your hands and converts them into musical sound?

Back in the 1920s, a Russian scientist named Lev Termin (who later Americanized his name to Leon Theremin) was working with Radio Frequency (RF) equipment and discovered that he could control noises coming from the equipment by moving his hands nearby.  Could he use the same principles to construct a fantastic new  musical instrument?

The Theremin has left and right antennae that sense the position of the performer's hands. Most commonly, the vertical right antenna (the rod) converts the right hand's position to pitch and the horizontal left antenna (the loop) converts the left hand's position to volume.  The rod and loop antennae are reversed on a left-handed Theremin.
One does not touch the Theremin while playing it.  One literally moves one's hands in midair. Audiences in the 30's, unfamiliar with electronically produced sound, often believed that the Thereminist was grabbing sound out of the "ether" and the instrument was making the sound audible.   The trancelike appearance of some Thereminists while performing heightened the perception that the musical sound was somehow coming from the invisible 'spirit world'!
To play the Theremin beautifully requires as much dedication and skill as any other instrument. The Theremin is capable of a wide range of musical expression and is used to perform music that ranges from classical to avante-garde.
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