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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Carolina Eyck September 12, 2020

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Carolina Eyck plays an instrument known as a theremin, it’s unusual in that to play it you don’t touch it. This year is the centenary of the instrument

Russian physicist and amateur cellist Lev Sergeyvich Termen (1896–1993) — known to Westerners as Léon Theremin — worked on an electronic sensor that whistled over headphones as intruders approached. The sound changed pitch as he moved his hand closer to and further away from the device, a feature Theremin found so intriguing that he refashioned the invention as the first purely electronic instrument, initially called the etherophone. 

Lenin loved the instrument and Theremin was sent on a tour of Europe and the United States to show off the strength of Soviet technology. It looks incredibly difficult to play but Carolina Eyck is probably one of the best exponent of it at the moment.


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