Calling all Big Bang Theory nerds... Theremin content

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  1. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    OK nerds, if you're a fan of Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) you may find this interesting.
    Reverb.com has a "Gear History" article on the theremin- a touchless instrument of the early days (1940s ?) of sine wave manipulation to create music. It's nerdy interesting...
    https://reverb.com/news/the-theremins-century

    "Playing the Theremin is a little like playing the violin," says Martin, "in that it's essentially an endless fretless neck with an infinity bow. You can hold a note as long as you want, but you have to find the position where that note is. The problem with the Theremin was that since you didn't touch it, it was almost impossible to play. Anyone can make noise on a Theremin. To make music on a Theremin is something else."
    Here is a 1945 concerto using a theremin to mimic a violin...



    This will not be everyone's cup of tea, but maybe a few of you will find it interesting, as I did.
     
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  3. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Jimmy Page used to use a Theremin in concert with LZ.

    And doesn't a Theremin feature in Good Vibrations?
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    I did read that the Beach Boys used one. I had no idea about Page. Cool. Thanks.
     
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    The Star Trek theme was actually Soprano singer Loulie Jean Norman, it was not done on a Theremin.
    There were a lot of hard feelings over a number of issues related to that theme, and the 3rd season was re-recorded without the vocals. Gene had written lyrics for the theme, without the knowledge of the composer, so he could snag writing credits from the royalties.

    Whole Lotta' Love... both the studio version and live version.
     
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    A little off topic but... I watched Big Bang Theory & it was OK. Then they showed Young Sheldon where our hero is 9 & I thought it was a work of genius, so much funnier than BBT. The lad who plays Sheldon at 9 years old is going to go far, he's a great actor. He made the vey annoying Sheldon Cooper almost adorable.
     
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    Angel S Bunny Strat-Talk Member

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    I love the Theremin .. Russian Prox Sensor
    Should read about the THING, KGB Bug he made with no power I believe. I think it was given to JFK for the oval office.

    I believe the Theremin wasn't used in Good Vibrations

    Also Charles Manson was a professional player.


    One that doesn't seem to taken off
    The Magnetic Cello: some videos on youtube (sadly my works laptop is cheap and nasty and wont let me Copy the link >Still on WINDOWS7<)
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    Guitarchaeoligist I've nothing to add to your information but should tell you.....


    You're in my spot.
     
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    Angel S Bunny Strat-Talk Member

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    :( I must of heard it from some YouTube Video .. maybe there was a myth you have to be Crazy to play such a instrument (check to see he is dead before I posted this, im not American so don't know much about him, and little I do know I don't wish to know more)

    I did try and make a basic Theremin one time, circuit had a chip the wrong way around and BLOW up, the chip blow apart!.

    So DREAM of building one but never had the time or the money at the same time. Just going to have to have a box with PLANS Parts and hope when I get time I got all plans and parts together..


    Would love to be able to change the Inputs, and build it around a guitar. 3 Controls Pitch Tone and Volume hmmmm
    I think BUILD ONE first and then i'll see what I can change
     
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    Yes I like how a Therimin was used on Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    <knock knock knock> Speedking
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    40+ yrs ago, I ran across an original RCA Theremin in a nearby antique store. They had it marked as a "antique radio", the loop antenna was missing and the cabinet was beat up. It still had guts (chassis, tubes, etc.).

    I didn't buy it...they wanted too much money ($100.00 when I couldn't afford $100.00). Of course, in hindsight I should have borrowed the money and bought it. There were only 500 made between 1929 and 1930 and they're now very rare and very much sought after. This is yet another instrument that was killed off by the Depression. RCA introduced it just 10 days prior to the Stock Market crash.

    theremin.jpg

    And...

    I've never seen BBT. I stopped watching sitcoms back in the 80s.
     
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    There was a 60's psychedelic band called Lothar and the Hand People that used a Therimin (named "Lothar") and a moog synth.

    Bill, tgo

     
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    I'm not sure what he played, but there was a bizarre relationship between Dennis Wilson and Charles that is speculated to have lead to the final trigger that put Charlie over the edge.
    https://www.biography.com/news/charles-manson-dennis-wilson-friendship
     
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    Page and Bonamassa both played the Theramin - in conjunction with an Echoplex - I believe it may have been used on the studio version of "Whole Lotta Love" as well.



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    Frank starts using one at 2:40.
     
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    Love it! lol
     
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    I will remember that if I ever happen upon one.