Monday Morning Music: Theremin Crazy
What’s a theremin? Sure, it may sound like a vitamin-enriched hot drink for flu relief, but it’s actually a rather futuristic musical instrument invented by a Russian of the same name. It has the distinction of being the only musical instrument that is played without being touched: the performer moves his or her hands within an RF field, which feeds back to the instrument as an astonishing range of sound. Here’s a thereminist playing Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Watch how the performer moves his hands:
If you have heard the original vocals it’s almost impossible to hear this version without being struck by the resemblance to a particular human voice.
I’ve often wondered, if you showed the outre video of the original song to an audience back in, say, 1920, what would they make of it? How much of the virtue we find in a given work of art is universal, and how much contextual?
(HT Lucas, who finds the damndest things)