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Theremin was a young Russian physicist who was demonstrating a new musical instrument that he invented (...the aetherphon, aka thereminvox, later known as the theremin).
Leon Theremin developed his aetherphon in Russia while he was a student at the University of Petrograd.
Theremin asked her to perform on the platform, "because none of the dancers who tried it could carry a tune." Ms.
www.ibiblio.org /id/theremin/theremin.txt   (1604 words)

  
  Ondes & Theremin #1
The theremin has a "sister instrument" whose construction was based on the same electronic, "heterodyne" principles as those used by Leon Theremin.
This is the poster that announced the introduction of the theremin to the Paris public in 1927.
At this time, Leon Theremin had not yet gone to America and no commercialization of the instrument (which would eventually be called the "theremin") had been undertaken.
www.peterpringle.com /ondes.html   (654 words)

  
  Gyrofrog: The Theremin
Invented by Leon Theremin around 1920, the theremin is the result of experiments with radio and vacuum-tube technology, making it one of the very first electronic musical instruments (its only significant predecessor being Thaddeus Cahill's gargantuan telharmonium, which debuted around the turn of the century).
The theremin heard on this disc was built by Leon Theremin himself, and produces a tone which eerily resembles a cross between a woman's voice and a violin.
Leon Theremin was approached by composers Henry Cowell and Edgard Varese to design instruments specifically for their respective compositions.
www.gyrofrog.com /theremin.php   (1040 words)

  
 Theremin.info - Electronic Sounds from the Ether
Theremin developed what was at the time the leading patent for mechanical colour television, he invented alarm systems for use in banks and prisons, anti - kidnap devices (!), and most notoriously 'Buran' (The Bug), with which the Soviet Authorities bugged the American Embassy for many years.
Theremin was allowed to visit the United States once more, a few years before his death in 1993, during which time he lectured as a guest of Stanford University, and demonstrated his theremin to an enthralled audience.
Leon Theremin died in November 1993, in Moscow at the age of 97.
www.theremin.info /info-48-_Who_Invented_it.html   (372 words)

  
 The Theremin
Leon Termen realised that rather than being a problem, body capacitance could be used as a control mechanism for an instrument and finally freeing the performer from the keyboard and fixed intonation.
The Terpistone was an adaptation by Leon Termen of the Theremin for use by dancers.
Theremin was born in the Russian city of St Petersberg in 1896, he would become one of the most important pioneers in the development of electronic music through his instrument the Thereminvox (commonly referred to as the Theremin).
www.obsolete.com /120_years/machines/theremin   (1267 words)

  
 Theremin
The Theremin could be viewed as the great ancestor of all electronic music: virtually every electronic instrument traces its roots to the theremin’s inventor, Russian physicist Leon Theremin (1896-1993), who produced his first instrument in 1920.
Theremin discovered the phenomenon that was to become his magical new instrument quite by accident in 1918 at a technical institute in Russia, where he was a student.
Theremin himself at different times recounted conflicting versions of his return to Russia, perhaps as a result of advanced age and failing memory - but doubtlessly also due to the degree of discretion he was allowed; he may have been deliberately vague about the situation.
www.scifidimensions.com /Sep00/theremin.htm   (1834 words)

  
 Glinsky / Theremin
Glinsky's great accomplishment, besides his lucid descriptions of the technical aspects of the theremin, is his ability to paint a contextual scene both vividly and compellingly.
Leon Theremin led a life of flamboyant musical invention laced with daring electronic stealth.
In this first full biography of Leon Theremin, Albert Glinsky depicts the inventor's nearly one hundred-year life span as a microcosm of the twentieth century.
www.press.uillinois.edu /f00/glinsky.html   (677 words)

  
 Leon Theremin Biography from Who2.com
Leon Theremin was a Russian engineer who invented the electronic musical instrument that bears his name, and his story is as strange as the music the thing produces.
In 1927 Theremin emigrated to the United States, where he patented the "Thereminvox" (1928) and contracted with RCA to market and distribute them.
Theremins are still being produced today, in a variety of forms, notably by Robert Moog, inventor of electronic synthesizers.
www.who2.com /leontheremin.html   (319 words)

  
 ~| A History of the Theremin |~
Theremin discovered the phenomenon that was to become his magical new instrument quite by accident in 1917 at a technical institute in Russia, where he was a student.
Theremin himself at different times recounted conflicting versions of his return to Russia, perhaps as a result of advanced age and failing memory – but perhaps also due to the degree of discretion he was allowed; he may have been deliberately vague.
Leon Theremin’s earliest instruments – and those (of his design) manufactured by RCA – were not capable of subtle nuance or expression, had fairly unpleasant tone quality, and offered a fairly limited range of pitches.
www.137.com /history   (2680 words)

  
 Theremin Vox - An Interview with Leon Theremin
Olivia Mattis is a musicologist, a Varèse scholar whose enthusiastic research and study of electronic music is extensive; she was also the first to conduct an interview with Léon Theremin when he came out of Soviet seclusion in 1989.
Theremin: I was born in Leningrad, that was then called St. Petersburg, in 1896.
Theremin: In the Soviet Union at that time everyone was interested in new things, in particular all the new uses of electricity: for agriculture, for mechanical uses, for transport, for communication.
www.thereminvox.com /story/495   (968 words)

  
 Metroactive Arts | Theremin
Theremin intended his invention to be a classical instrument, not a novelty, and Martin's account of Theremin's life begins in his period of success.
Theremin was a very good-looking man in his youth, and his steely gaze fell on his pupil Clara Rockmore, who is still alive to tell of her days as the fresh-faced star musician in Theremin's tutelage.
When Theremin returns to visit her some 70 years later, Rockmore is very correct and polite as she shows her apartment to the strange old man in his dotage.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.02.95/theremin-9544.html   (1256 words)

  
 Inventor of the Week: Archive
In 1918, Theremin built the prototype of his "aetherphone." It was fairly simple in shape: a wooden box, mounted on four legs, with a straight antenna rising up from its top and a P-shaped loop antenna extending horizontally from its left side.
Theremin first demonstrated his intrument to a group of Russian physicists in 1920; in 1922, he performed for Lenin.
However, Theremin did find a virtuoso in his fellow Russian émigré Clara Rockmore: no one has ever been able to match the "aerial fingering" with which she could coax astonishingly precise and subtle sounds from the instrument.
web.mit.edu /invent/iow/theremin.html   (701 words)

  
 Art's Theremin Page
The theremin, named for inventor Leon Theremin, is a musical instrument that uses electronic circuits to produce audible tones, having the unusual aspect of being controlled by the player's hand motions near the instrument's two "antennas," without the hands touching the instrument.
One hand is used to control the theremin's pitch, and the other hand is used to control the volume.
Named in honor of Lev Sergeivitch Termen, (Leon Theremin), "Levnet" is a web-based discussion group for theremin enthusiasts the world-over.
home.att.net /~theremin1   (830 words)

  
 Leon Theremin Biography (Inventor) — Infoplease.com
Leon Theremin was a Russian engineer who invented the electronic musical instrument that bears his name, and his story is as strange as the music the thing produces.
Beginning in the 1940s the Theremin was used for movie soundtracks, and these days is most commonly associated with 1950s science fiction films (and with the 1960s pop song by The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations").
Theremins are still being produced today, in a variety of forms, notably by Robert Moog, inventor of electronic synthesizers.
www.infoplease.com /biography/var/leontheremin.html   (357 words)

  
 No. 1818: Leon Theremin
Theremin's journeys took him to many of the greatest performance halls in the world, including the Grand Opera House in Paris and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In 1938, Theremin's life changed forever when he was forcibly abducted from his Manhattan apartment and disappeared from the world.
According to Theremin, at the time of his dismissal, a conservatory administrator informed him that electricity was for electrocutions, not music.
www.uh.edu /engines/epi1818.htm   (449 words)

  
 Theremin World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The theremin was invented in 1919 by a Russian physicist named Lev Termen (his name was later changed to Leon Theremin).
Then, in 1938, Leon Theremin was taken back to the Soviet Union by force, leaving behind his studio, friends, business, and his wife.
Originally, the theremin was intended to replace entire orchestras with its "music from the ether." While that never quite happened, it has been used in many recordings over the years.
www.thereminworld.com /learn.asp   (643 words)

  
 www.myspace.com/leontheremin
Theremin's mentors during this time were some of society's foremost scientists, composers, and musical theorists, including composer Joseph Schillinger and physicist (and amateur violinist) Albert Einstein.
Many years later, it was revealed that Theremin's activities in United States to develop, perform, and commercialize his electronic musical instruments were also a cover for him to commit industrial espionage on behalf to the Soviets.
Theremin's design made the listening device very difficult to detect, because it was very small, had no power supply or active components, and did not radiate any signal unless it was actively being powered and listened to remotely.
www.myspace.com /leontheremin   (1180 words)

  
 :::::: MOOG MUSIC ::::::
Leon Theremin was born in 1896 in St. Petersburg as Lev Sergeivitch Termen.
Deceptively simple in appearance (a wooden box on tall legs adorned with two nickel-plated antennas), the theremin was an instrument different from any ever made, or played: it was not touched by the mouth nor strummed by the fingers; its sound came from movements made in the air around it.
Theremin’s associates during this time were society’s foremost scientists, composers, and musical theorists, including composer Joseph Schillinger and famous physicist (and classical violinist) Albert Einstein.
moogmusic.com /history.php?cat_id=2   (1254 words)

  
 IEEEVM: Leon Theremin
Theremin soon grew frustrated with the limitations of traditional musical instruments, and it was then that his interest in music intersected with another fascination—electricity.
The first Theremin was built in 1917 after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution and was demonstrated at the Moscow Industrial Fair in 1920, where it was a hit with the Bolshevik leadership.
After his divorce from Katia, Theremin married one of his students, an African-American ballet dancer named Lavinia Williams, but their time together in New York was cut short when agents of the Soviet Union’s secret police, the NKVD (precursor to the KGB), forcibly repatriated Theremin.
www.ieee-virtual-museum.org /collection/people.php?id=1234782&lid=1   (644 words)

  
 Theramin Page
Consisting of a box with two radio antennae, the Theremin was unique in that it required no physical contact in order to produce music; instead, a performer could control both the pitch and volume of the sound simply by moving his or her hands in the air.
Leon Theremin's invention of the Thereminvox was followed closely by the outbreak of civil war in Russia.
The Theremin in Music and Film Originally, the theremin was intended to replace entire orchestras with its "music from the ether." While that never quite happened, it has been used in many recordings over the years.
www.e-prog.net /keyboards/theremin.htm   (924 words)

  
 THE THEREMIN
Theremins are handcrafted from incredibly beautiful cedar timber and are built to last.
The original Theremin invented by Leon Theremin, has the pitch aerial tuned so a low note is produced when your hand is far away from the aerial.
The volume aerial also operates true to Leon Theremin's design, the volume of the note is loud when your hand is furthest from the volume aerial, and softer as you bring your hand closer.
people.aapt.net.au /~fwhite/theremin   (423 words)

  
 Wavefront Technologies - Articles
The theremins are solid-state (transistors and IC's), and it is recommended that they be played through tube amplifiers for warmth of sound.
Theremin is en vogue again - but don't You think that actually we haven't too many examples of creative usage in modern music (shame !).
The theremin's true musical potential is wasted due to most people not having enough patience or skill to learn it musically.
www.theremin.ws /czcover2.html   (1349 words)

  
 CD Baby: LYDIA KAVINA: Concerto per Theremin. Live in Italy
The niece of one of Leon Theremin's first-degree cousins, Kavina was born in Moscow and began studying the Theremin under the direction of Leon Theremin when she was nine years old.
Five years later she was ready to give her first Theremin concert, which marked the beginning of a musical career that has so far led to more than 500 theatre, radio and television performances throughout the world.
In addition to giving concerts, Lydia is a composer of music for the Theremin and teaches the instrument in Russia, the United States and Western Europe.
www.cdbaby.com /cd/lydiakavina/from/thereminvox   (222 words)

  
 fUSION Anomaly. Theremin
The theremin is the first genuinely electronic instrument and, if you have ever seen anybody play a theremin, it is a very odd instrument because you are not actually touching anything physical.
The theremin basically has two rods---I am not very good at the science of it or else I would have coughed it up--- and you sit there and it produces two fields that you play by moving your hand.
Theremin thought of his creation as a concert hall instrument, and Clara Rockmore, the greatest thereminist of all time, used it for performances of Rachmaninoff and Ravel.
fusionanomaly.net /theremin.html   (884 words)

  
 Theremin Vox - Lev Sergeivitch Termen: The Inventor of the Theremin
Theremin Vox - Lev Sergeivitch Termen: The Inventor of the Theremin
Lev Sergeivitch Termen: The Inventor of the Theremin
Ever since that time, Theremin thought about utilizing this phenomenon to create a new musical instrument, which is precisely what he did.
www.thereminvox.com /story/27   (640 words)

  
 Theremin World
A fantasy inspired by the lives of Leon Theremin, Clara Rockmore and Brian Wilson as seen through the eyes of an unstable rock legend.
Leon Theremin, "the Russian Edison", created the worlds first electronic musical instrument; a machine so far ahead of it's time that you didn't even have to touch it to play.
Theremin's story is one of the truly great stories of the last century and we are proud to share a small part of it with New York this summer.
www.thereminworld.com   (1431 words)

  
 Theremin Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Invented in 1919 by Russian Scientist Leon Theremin (1896-1993), this unique instrument is the predecessor to the synthesizer (thanks to Bob Moog's dabbling with the Theremin) and is still popular today in experimental music circles.
My interest in the Theremin is stemmed from my love for the music of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin who from the very beginning used this unique instrument to evoke sounds of magic and mystery that would carry the listener to new heights of aural enjoyment.
Jimmy's version of the Theremin is slightly different in that the volume antenna has been removed so that only the pitch is controlled by the musician.
www.interfold.com /rabit/Theremin.htm   (629 words)

  
 Musical Saw and Theremin Page-Theremin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Professor Termen's name was later anglicized to Leon Theremin, and his improved design became known as the Thereminvox.
The original theremins were comprised of special coils and vacuum tubes; today's modern theremins use solid-state circuitry and are thus lightweight and much more portable.
Various pop/rock music groups have used the theremin from time to time, but contrary to a popular misconception, a theremin was NOT used by the Beach Boys in their hit song Good Vibrations.
www.theremin-saw.com /theremin.htm   (909 words)

  
 Dave's Theremin Home Page
Here, with the theremin, you are the conductor, but you make the sound.
Theremin explains his invention, the THEREMIN, circa 1928.
alt.music.makers.theremin, you will be able to keep up with theremin related topics, post questions, and post replies.
www.electrotheremin.com /thereminpage.html   (407 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Theremin: ETHER MUSIC AND ESPIONAGE (Music in American Life): Books: Albert Glinsky   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The synthesizer's forerunner, the theremin was most often used in soundtracks for science fiction films; an advanced version was also used in the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." According to Glinsky, Theremin was also a ladies' manAmarried several times, he was rumored to be looking for female companionship when he was in his 90s.
The inventor, Leon Theremin, had a life that was too bizarre for a novelist to make up, and finally in _Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage_ (University of Illinois Press) by Albert Glinsky, Theremin has a big, comprehensive biography that does him justice.
Theremin was a genius and a private man. Those who knew him in later life (as did I) have no conception of his personality.
www.amazon.com /Theremin-ETHER-MUSIC-ESPIONAGE-American/dp/0252025822   (2207 words)

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