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What’s a “Theremin”?

A fellow reader mentioned an instrument called a “Theremin” on a recent post.


You can find anything on YouTube these days


February 10, 2008 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Music, Oddities, Video


  1. Joe – I particularly like the 2nd composition. It’s such an interesting instrument. Thanks for finding these videos.

    You said you have one yourself. Was it hard to learn?

    Comment by Jenny | February 10, 2008

  2. Hi, Jenny! That 2nd song is one of the main themes from a video game called Final Fantasy X.

    Also, this is a group blog, so the videos were found by xraytech.

    Joe, you have a theremin?!

    Comment by Mike | February 12, 2008

  3. Ah, thanks Mike, I didn’t realize.

    Is Final Fantasy a cool game? Sounds fun. I’m obviously not up on all video games. 🙂

    I’m still wanting to hear about Joe’s personal theremin experience too.

    Comment by Jenny | February 12, 2008

  4. Final Fantasy has a long standing history in video game. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely a standard for a particular genre of video gaming today. Great music was borne of this series.

    Another contributor, radium226, was able to play with a Theremin at the Maker Faire. Maybe he can chime in, too?

    Comment by Mike | February 12, 2008

  5. Sounds like a musical saw…

    Comment by xraytech | February 13, 2008

  6. Yes Mike! Check out the Paia Corporation website. They make very inexpensive build-it-yourself kits for just about any cool, analog type of synth you could want. I have their Theremin kit, and their Fatman analog synth kit.

    Comment by Joe | February 14, 2008

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