Freaky Friday: The Theremin
Posted by purplemary54 on February 7, 2014
If ever there was an instrument made for freaky music, it’s the theremin. It was created by a Leon Theremin, and had originally been part of a Russian program to create proximity sensors. The instrument is played by the musician moving his/her hands near and around two antennas, creating different tones and sounds by changing position and type of movement (see a demonstration by Theremin himself here). It seems a little like something from outer space, which would explain its popularity on the soundtracks for Science Fiction and Horror movies.
Of course, a theremin can make just about anything sound a little creepy. It’s an insanely interesting instrument, and has been used by Rock musicians like Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind to add an extra dimension to their sound.
Why am I going on about the theremin? Well, aside from its inherent freakiness, I found out while reading Dangerous Minds that you can play a pretend theremin on your computer. Unless you’re me, of course; my browser is out of date, and therefore incompatible with the simulator. But I highly recommend giving it a shot. Visit here to try your hand at creating cool sci-fi music. I’m going to as soon as I update my browser.