What The Heck Is A Theremin?

A rhetorical question....

By on April 20, 2013 11:28:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

RedneckDude

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I stumbled upon a theremin video on WIMP.com and found it intriguing.

 

Thought it worth sharing.

 

 

 

 

And now for an actual song. 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 21, 2013 12:02:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wiz tells me it's old tech.

 

New to me. 

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April 21, 2013 12:11:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The fact that the Beatles used one ( I think) should have been a clue. It's been around for awhile.

Forty years from now, someone will ask "What the heck is a Google?"

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April 21, 2013 12:12:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oops.

I blame the new buttons.

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April 21, 2013 12:15:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

The fact that the Beatles used one should have been a clue. It's been around for awhile.

Forty years from now, someone will ask "What the heck is a Google?"

Dude, the Beatles didn't use one, did they?  And I knew it wasn't new. Just new to me.

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April 21, 2013 12:24:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Several bands used one until Moog came up with his synthesizer. The Beatles were well known to experiment with just about anything that made sound, as was Pink Floyd. I don't know if they used one on Ummagumma, but I wouldn't doubt it.

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April 21, 2013 12:27:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Actually, the video on WIMP.com was a cat playing with one. So, naturally, I googled Theramin.  Never heard of it.

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April 21, 2013 12:38:34 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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April 21, 2013 3:20:21 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Theremins are very cool. It was actually invented by a Russian by the name of Leon Theramin and patented by him in 1928. Pretty cool stuff.

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April 21, 2013 4:23:54 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Listen to the Theremin on "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys, that was one of the first Theremins used in music.

 

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April 21, 2013 5:31:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Love Roger Waters, if it was off the wall and different, he used it.Umaguma, the album of weird sound, sure it is in there somewhere!

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April 21, 2013 8:38:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I guess I really am a redneck.  Being from the sticks, I never heard of a theremin until now.

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April 21, 2013 8:41:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

first time I heard it was as a kid when it was used to make us aware of the alien presence in "It Came From Outer Space"...  which was made in 1953.... bet you remember it from that too... just didn't realise what it was then...

My brother, son and I still, to this day, use that sound when we come across something spooky....      it's such a cool movie...  

 

 

from what I can remember son telling me... the physicist dude was mucking around with an oscillator in the lab and created the effect.....

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April 21, 2013 8:42:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Back in 92 I played around with a schematic for a Theremin that I got from an electronics library book set I bought from Publishers Clearing House. It was a real pita to find all the parts for it. Some of the components, resistors, caps and stuff I already had. It was the copper ball I had a deuce of a time finding. By that time flushometers were being made out of plastic so finding a copper float, old style flushometer, was almost impossible. Took me a couple of months to find one and that in an antique shop. Never did get around to building it. What fascinated me was the no hands on approach. Didn't have to touch it to make noise. Long before that though I had read a few articles about it in the library so dummy me wanted to buy one. I was a lot more ignorant back in those days and I didn't know it wasn't available.

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April 21, 2013 9:54:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

love the piece of music that Jean Luc...Next Gen.... played on the Ressikan flute....

 

this is the piece played on the Theremin... very haunting...

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April 21, 2013 2:22:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Very cool!

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April 21, 2013 5:01:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Uvah, how old are you?Just funnin.Older than the theremin!

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April 21, 2013 5:02:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

haunting sound it is... nice.

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