Sunday, 5 June 2011


The theremin (θɛrəmɪn), is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. 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 with the other, so it can be played without being touched.

Lydia Kavina, aged 9, with Leon Theremin.

I've been obsessed with the Theremin recently. If I still want one in a years time I can get one for my 19th birthday AWWYEAH.
Anywhoo, enjoy some of my favourite performances.

Clara Rockmore - The Swan
The Delia Derbyshire of theremin

Lydia Kavina - Claire De Lune
'Original Works for the Theremin', 1999, probably the best album using the instrument.

Theremin Cover of A-ha's Take On Me


bozleyyouth said...

I have much love for the theremin, gonna put some on the next album.

Emma Kate said...

YES my first comment on a blog post of mine!

Let me know when it's done i'd love to hear it! It looks virtually impossible to master!