Some of the most interesting responses I’ve had to my novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, have been to do with the musical instrument that Lena plays: the theremin. Readers have thought I made it up, that it couldn’t possibly be real.
I’ve written a few posts about the theremin: here and here, for example. But I thought that I’d try to semi-regularly post a little something about the theremin. I’ll tag these posts Theremin Thursday. Sometimes they might be just a link to audio or video, to someone else’s post, pic, or website. Occasionally I’ll gabble on myself.
To kick off, here’s a great half-hour radio programme that aired mid-2013 on ABC Radio National’s Hindsight: The intriguing theremin. The programme was produced for Radio Netherlands.
People fainted when the Theremin was first performed onstage in Paris in 1928.
It’s a great introduction to and overview of the instrument, complete with plenty of glorious theremin sounds.
There’s a lot of weird stuff about the theremin.
Love the sound, or loathe it?