theremin



[Eng.]


Invented by Leo Theremin in the 1920's, this instrument generates electronic pitches. The pitchs and volume are controled by the proximity of the player's hands to metal protrusions associated with each. Thus, moving the hands closer to or farther away from the pitch protrusion will result in a higher or lower pitch and moving the hands closer to or farther away from the volume protrusion will result in a louder or softer volume. The somewhat eerie quality of the theremin can be heard in many movie soundtracks in the sci-fi and horror genre in the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's.

See also Electrophone.


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