It’s time for some real talk.
This talk is about theremins, one of my all time favorite instruments and one that I wish I could play. It’s like the Basque language for me – one that is like that girl in math class that you wish you had the guts to talk to but have never been able to approach. There are two reasons why I want to learn to play. The first reason is because it doesn’t require touch to play. The second is because it sounds super cool. There’s actually a third reason, as well. Science.
Here’s how it works (I’m quoting Melodyful.com):
“The theremin has an electromagnetic field between its two antennae, and for it to produce sound, a thereminist has to stand in between them and wave his hands in proximity to the antennae to interrupt the magnetic field. Due to this interruption, every time the thereminist waves his hands, a signal in the form of static waves is sent to the antennae, to produce sound.”
If you know me, you know that science is my fourth great love (behind my husband, music, and writing). I’m usually partial to astronomy, but theremins blend science and music, plus they sound awesome. What’s not to love?
Here’s a bit more about it from the same source:
“The theremin was invented by a Russian physicist named Lev Sergeyevich Termen in 1920, which was patented in the United States of America in 1928. This instrument was named after the westernized version of his name which is Léon Theremin.”
I love to watch theremin videos on YouTube, much like the theremin and voice version of “The Ecstasy of Gold” above. I’m thankful for Mr. Termin for these pure and wholesome instruments. They soothe me. I’d love to learn to play the Queen of the Night aria
from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which is famous for its extra-high notes that sound like whistles. There’s a video of a live performance above. I think that would sound super cool on a theremin. I am envious of an instrument now because I have always wanted to hit the highest note (an F) with my voice. The highest I’ve ever gone was SO CLOSE and I almost broke my vocal cords. Now, how do I get my hands on one? I have no earthly idea. Perhaps I can make one with my husband.
Until then, I need to learn it on Berri and Stephen and a loop pedal. I think that would be a gorgeous song to play with or without a theremin. I also need to learn how to loop. New goal…
Thank y’all for reading (and listening!) as always.
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