Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Now For Something Completely Different...!


The instrument is a Theremin! This instrument was invented way back in 1927 and despite this, a lot of folks have never heard of it!

In the hands of an accomplished player, it can make some beautiful music! It creates a very haunting sound, and is played without ever touching!

Anyway, I thought I would put a couple of videos of the Theremin in action. See what you think?






Like I said, very unusual music from an unusual instrument! Helps to slow down the mind and lets us appreciate the beauty in a simple tune or melody!

Now, let's get some coffee and sit on the patio. We can smell the roses together, OK?

15 comments:

Beth said...

ggggg

Beth said...

I actually learned of the theremin on a children's t.v. channel. The instrument fascinates me. I wonder how diffucult it is to learn to play. How does one learn the fingering with nothing to look at? I'm thinking (always dangerous) that there is so much more to this instrument than I see. I especially liked the second instrumental.
Love you and see you soon.song

Ben in Texas said...

I just saw a bit about those on the Tube somewhere the other night. Wasn't there a band in the 70's that used one ? BTW, if you want to get your own,here's a link for you.

http://thereminkits.com/?fn

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
The first time I ever saw one was in the Jerry Lewis movie "The Delicate Delinquent"!

I really like this sound from the theremin!

Looking forward to your visit! Thanks for coming by!


Hey Ben...
In the song "Good Vibrations" the intro was played with a theremin as one of the instruments!

Nice sound, ya know?

Thanks for the link, and thanks for coming by today!

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special Freind,
That was great and I always liked that song. I never new about this instrument. Thanks
coffee on the patio and smelling roses sounds wonderful

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
Been around a long time and used in a lot of music...but folks don't recognize it!

Really haunting music from it, I think!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Kathie said...

Morning Jim, Loved the music, especially Clair De Lune, had never heard of this instrument before. It has a haunting sound that's true.
Thanks for sharing this with us, I always learn something new with the Hermit! Would love to have coffee on the patio and smell the roses but if it's as hot in Houston as it is in Ohio right now, think I'll stay in and salute you with my cup! Clink!

HermitJim said...

Hey Kathie...
Glad you liked it! Like I said, the instrument has been around for a long time...but many are not familiar with it at all!

Has one of those sounds that sort of goes right through you and carries you away, don't you think?

I appreciate you coming by today!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

You learn something new everyday. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks for another great lesson.

Diane-Sage said...

I am with Mechanic from Illinois...you have taught me something new and I loved it. Thank you Mr. Jim.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
Interesting how many things like this are around that we know nothing about, isn't it?

The world is full of wonder, that's for sure!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!


Hey Diane-Sae...
I'm so glad that you liked it, my friend! If it was entertaining, then I did my job and am happy!

Thank you so much for coming by today!

Catman said...

Jim,

You can actually build one of these devices fairly easily, even with a minimum of electronic skills.

I liked that a version called an "electro-theremin", also called a "tannerin", was used in the Beach Boy's hit, "Good Vibrations"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2WWw7nMhw4

You can see Paul Tanner playing it in the above video.

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...
I mentioned to Ben in an earlier comment about the theremin being used in this song!

Pretty effective, I think!

Appreciate you coming by today!

edifice rex said...

Cool!! kinda mesmerizing too.

Wretha said...

Thanks for the joy I just experienced, I knew about this device and have found it fascinating. Your selections were wonderful :)

Wretha