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Alice Dobrie Dr. Beth Hiser. Metatheremin. Electronic Music. What is Electronic Music? The Theremin invented around 1920 The Theremin’s Debut Leon Theremin The Impact. More of Theremin’s contributions. The Terpsitone The Rhythmicon Electronic Cello Silent Alarms Mad Scientist?.

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electronic music
Electronic Music
  • What is Electronic Music?
  • The Theremin invented around 1920
  • The Theremin’s Debut
  • Leon Theremin
  • The Impact
more of theremin s contributions
More of Theremin’s contributions
  • The Terpsitone
  • The Rhythmicon
  • Electronic Cello
  • Silent Alarms
  • Mad Scientist?
video killed the theremin star
Video Killed the Theremin Star
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945)
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • The Delicate Delinquent (1956)
  • It Came From Outer Space (1953)

“I just wanted to be a serious musician and play Bach.”

- Clara Rockmore

political tension
Political Tension
  • “ In 1938, under circumstances that remain unclear, he returned to the Soviet Union where he was convicted of anti-soviet propaganda and sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Magadan, Siberia.” (Grimes, 93)
the bug
The “Bug”
  • KGB = State committee of intelligence
  • The invention of the ‘bug’ in 1961
  • Received a First level Stalin Award
moscow music conservatory
Moscow Music Conservatory
  • Leon Theremin worked at the conservatory from 1964 – 1967
  • “Maestro invented Soviet ‘Bug’ in Jail”

–New York Times

  • “There is no need for electronic music. Electricity is for killing traitors in the electric chair.”

–Director of the Conservatory

inner workings of phototransistors
Inner Workings of Phototransistors
  • Light enters the base region of the Phototransistor where hole electron pairs can be generated.
  • Mainly occurs in the reverse biased base-collector Junction.
  • The hole-electron pairs move under the influence of the electric field and provide the base current, causing electrons to be injected into the emitter

Pin 1: Ground

Pin 2: On and Off

Pin 3: Current Out

Pin 4: Stop, Interrupts Cycle

Pin 8: Power

Pin 7: Switch to Ground

Pin 6: Measure Voltage

Pin 5: Voltage Reference

variations on the optical theremin
Evil Baby Doll Theremin

Banana Theremin

iPhone Theremin application

Pretty much anything can be made into a theremin…

Variations on the Optical Theremin

Brian Vinicky – Engineer Honeywell Inc.

David Revta - BW Technician

Abi Good – Metal Smith

Beth Hiser - Advisor/Mentor

questions or comments
Questions or Comments?

(“No” is an acceptable answer)