Theremin

Name: Theremin.
Type: Electrophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#:
Inventor: Lev Theramin (Лев Сергеевич Термен) 1928.
Acquisition Source: Project between Daniel Ouellet & Graeme Gibson.

Description: Originally known as the ætherphone / etherphone, thereminophone or termenvox / thereminvox) is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). It is named after the Westernized name of its Soviet inventor, Léon Theremin (Термéн), who patented the device in 1928. The theremin is controlled by two oscillators. The first antennae is the frequency oscillator, the second antennae controls the amplitude (volume). Due to its sound, the theremin is a staple in movie soundtracks and film scores. It finds use in all sorts of musical genres from concert music to rock.