Let’s celebrate theremin’s 100th anniversary by declaring our love for it.
Theremin’s 100th Anniversary
2020 marks the Theremin’s 100th anniversary. Russian physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen, also known as Leon Theremin, invented the thereminvox, or theremin, in 1920.
The theremin was the first electronic musical instrument in history, and the only one played without physical contact. That is, the player moves his hands within a magnetic field gesturing in the air. He controls the intonation with one hand and the volume with the other.
Thanks to its evocative and, at times, eerie sound, it often plays a prominent role in soundtracks, in very famous films. Significant examples are Spellbound (1945), The Lost Weekend (1945), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Ghostbusters (1984), Ed Wood (1994), The Machinist (2005), to name but a few.
But the theremin also makes its voice heard in rock music acts such as The Rolling Stones, the Led Zeppelin, and Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band.
The Renaissance of the Theremin
There has been a renewed interest in the theremin with new thereminists worldwide, new valiant teachers, new original music, new recordings, and new models of the instrument from various brands in the last twenty years.
Leon Theremin’s life, worthy of a novel, has been the subject of two books. Soviet Faust was written by the Russian artist and researcher Bulat Galeyev, while Theremin: Ether Music And Espionage was written by the American musician and scholar Albert Glinsky. Also, US director Steven Martin made the documentary, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey. There are also hundreds of articles have on the life and works of Leon Theremin, one of them written by none other than the CIA.
About “Theremin’s 100th Anniversary” T-shirt
This Theremin’s 100th Anniversary t-shirt is made of thicker, heavier cotton, but it’s still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite!
• Vibrant and durable artwork printed with state of the art garment printing technology (DTG)
• 100% ring-spun cotton
• Sport Grey is 90% ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Dark Heather is 65% polyester, 35% cotton
• 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
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