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Andrei Smirnov Lev Theremin and his inventions + sensors applications Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory Address: Bolshaya Nikitskaya 13 Moscow, 235871, Russia E-mail: asmir@theremin.ru Web: http://asmir.theremin.ru http://theremin.ru

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Andrei Smirnov

Lev Theremin

and his inventions

+

sensors applications

Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Musicat Moscow State Conservatory

Address: Bolshaya Nikitskaya 13

Moscow, 235871, Russia

E-mail: asmir@theremin.ru

Web: http://asmir.theremin.ru

http://theremin.ru


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Lev Theremin

(1896-1993) in

early 1980-s


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Inventor Lev Theremin (1896-1993) playing his thereminvox - first electronic musical instrument, invented in 1919-1920.


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Academic Ioffe aka Papa Ioffe, 1920-s first electronic musical instrument, invented in 1919-1920


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Thereminvox by Konstantin Kovalsky, 1920-s first electronic musical instrument, invented in 1919-1920

RCA theremin, 1930-s




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The poster of Lev Theremin’s lecture-concert (1920-s), where he presented different technical possibilities to combine music and color, music and gesture, music and tactile senses, music and smelts.







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Klara Rokmore (left) dancing on TERPSITON - instrument for dancer to control sound by means of body movement,

New York, 1932


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TERPSITON dancer to control sound by means of body movement,


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Fingerboard theremin (Cello), 1930-s dancer to control sound by means of body movement,


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Fingerboard theremin (Cello), 1930-s dancer to control sound by means of body movement,


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Fingerboard theremin (Cello), 1930-s dancer to control sound by means of body movement,



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Keyboard theremin, 1930-s Orchestra, NY, 1930-s


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Harmonium, 1930-s Orchestra, NY, 1930-s





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Building of Moscow “Sharashka” - Russia in 1939.

special prison for scientists


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Lev Theremin’s Great Seal Bug, donated to American Ambassador by Soviet “Pioneers” in 1945


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Great Seal Bug construction Ambassador by Soviet “Pioneers” in 1945


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Soviet radiolocation systems, capable to produce and detect directed microwave radiation in 1940-s


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Lev Theremin (early 1950-s (?)) directed microwave radiation in 1940-s


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Commercial Laser-monitoring eavesdropping system, based on the same principle as Lev Theremin’s “Buran” system built in 1947


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Windowpane theremin the same principle as Lev Theremin’s “Buran” system built in 1947

Installation, Brussels, 2005

Good Vibrations Workshop, Helsinki, 2005


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Audio delay line, based on heating (1960-s) the same principle as Lev Theremin’s “Buran” system built in 1947


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THEREMIN SENSORS the same principle as Lev Theremin’s “Buran” system built in 1947

AND THEIR APPLICATIONS




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Contact information: Smirnov, Moscow 2002

Andrei Smirnov

Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Musicat Moscow State Conservatory

Address: Bolshaya Nikitskaya 13

Moscow, 235871, Russia

E-mail: asmir@theremin.ru

Web: http://asmir.theremin.ru


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EXTRA STUFF Smirnov, Moscow 2002


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Poet Alexei Gastev (right), founder of the Central Institute of Labour, 1922 and psychologist Nikolai Bernshtein (left) meat with Maxim Gorki (center).


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The research on the piano-tusche technique of Labour, 1922 and psychologist Nikolai Bernshtein (left) meat with Maxim Gorki (center).

Moscow State Conservatory 1925.

3-D motion capturing from 1920-s.



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First painted soundtracks by the 7-th Waltz by Chopin.

Arseny Avraamov, 1929-1931


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Boris Yankovsky illustrations from his unpublished book about syntones - spectral mutations from early 1930-s


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The beginning of the Symphony of Sirens. about syntones - spectral mutations from early 1930-s

Parts of Sirens (top), motor-guns and cannons, (a kind of percussion group).


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Arseny Avrahamov conducting his Symphony of Sirens, about syntones - spectral mutations from early 1930-s

Moscow 1923