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Whilst the theremin is a Russian invention, it is fair to say that in many ways, the USA is the theremin's spiritual home. It was thanks to the generous support of American Heir, socialite, and thereminist Lucie Rosen that Professor Leon Theremin was able to finance his extensive studios on West 54th Street in New York. It was also in America that Theremin met the superbly talented musician Clara Rockmore, who showed for the first time that the theremin could be played with sensitivity - and perhaps more importantly - in tune!

In Hollywood, it was the eerie sound of the theremin that captured the imagination of some of the biggest names in film music. Both Miklos Rosza and Bernard Herrman utilised the theremin to great effect in some of the biggest movies of the time. It was also in America that theremins were manufactured by RCA for the first time.

America's greatest contribution to the theremin was undoubtedly Dr. Robert Moog, electronic pioneer and theremin builder, whose love of the instrument led to the development of a number of new theremins, all authentic to Professor Theremin's original designs, and, perhaps more importantly, made quality theremins universally available to those who wanted to play.

A major milestone in theremin history was realised in America in 1993 when the director Steve Martin released a rather curious documentary about a strange forgotten instrument know as the 'Theremin'. The film was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams, and a new wave of interest in the instrument has continued up until the present day. No longer is the theremin a forgotten footnote in music history, but it is at last enjoying a revival where more instruments are being made and sold than at any other time in history.






News from The USA

University of North Carolina at Asheville Dedicates Electronic Music Studio in Honor of the Late Bob Moog

The University of North Carolina at Asheville recently dedicated its new electronic music studio in honor of the late music visionary Bob Moog. Best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Moog was also a Visiting Research Professor at UNC Asheville – the only university where he ever taught. Designed as a work and performance space, the Bob Moog Electronic Music Studio houses a variety of classic analog synthesizers and processors, including a Voyager Mini Moog, Moog pedals and Theremins as well seating for a small audience. For years to come, UNC Asheville students who study and work in the studio will uphold the legacy of the music pioneer and professor who left an indelible stamp on the recording industry.
View full article... Posted February 10, 2010, by Richard

Ex-Theremin-Tal 7

ExTheremintal describes himself as '..an aspiring thereminist in my mid-twenties living in Toronto. Full time University student, full time...
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By Richard January 31, 2010

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Theremin Makers in The USA

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