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How to play the theremin

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Slightly OT but fun...from the BBC...
How to play the theremin

The sound of the theremin is most familiar from Hitchcock and science fiction soundtracks, and a version features in Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys.
CLICK HERE for the video article.

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Extraordinary!! I'd never heard of it before!
I still don't really understand how it works :oops: but I expect those of you who are less technically challenged than I, will!

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BET I would be a natural playing that, the X wife always says you talk with your hands not your mouth....Loved the video, sure its something I could do with passion, and you might find a kit in Maplins :mrgreen:
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Do they make left-handed ones? That's what I want to know.

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Maybe you just stand on the other side?! :lol: :oops: :twisted:
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Ian Pegler wrote:Do they make left-handed ones? That's what I want to know.
Yep - here's one...



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Just wondering where anything is written to describe how it works and whether two people can be playing it at the same time?
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arthur hamlin wrote:Just wondering where anything is written to describe how it works and whether two people can be playing it at the same time?
It's something to do with interference patterns between two radio frequency oscillators, Arthur; here is a brief explanation, and here are some more detailed video tutorials

It actually came out of Russian spy research to develop a proximity sensor. A fascinating instrument all round. There's a whole world of theremin enthusiasts out there on the internet - how about this video of a duet between a theremin and Vulcan harp? :shock:

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That Vulcan Harp's a blast - it really is out of Star Trek!!! :shock:
Pity the vid didn't show the theremin being played though.

There's a chap in Llandindrod Wells that makes them to specification.
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And now my favourite theremin solo...and a great home-made pop-video...

The Damned - Absinthe (YouTube)


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GOT to have one of those,must be better than paper and comb, which is the level of musical intruments I have mastered so far :roll: Wonder what they cost,bet Maplins have a circuit for it, plus the extended ariel and copper loop other end,thanks for the details,love to make one up. :lol:
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Theremin world record set in Japan
From the BBC Asia world news site
Japan's musicians have set a new world record for the biggest number of players on the theremin - the musical instrument used without being touched.
In the central city of Hamamatsu, 272 people performed at a concert
Unfortunately (??), no video or audio of the event on the BBC site... And I can't find such evidence anywhere. Yet.
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Big bang fans will know it:



the same principles were applied in devising this new instrument:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... s9jYvJYsTA (link broken)


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