A man from Santa Fe, New Mexico bought a theremin off e-Bay. If you’ve never seen a theremin, you’ve undoubtedly heard one. One of the first electronic instruments, and the only instrument played without touching, the theremin makes eerie, ethereal music, the kind that creates uncertainty and suspense in movie sound tracks. Robert Moog, creator of the electric synthesizer, called the theremin “a vital cornerstone of our contemporary music technology.”
When his theremin arrived, our contributor was excited to find an unusual document tacked to the inside of the cabinet. The letterhead paper bore the address to the Theremin Studios in New York City.
Does our contributor have one of the fewer than a dozen instruments in the U.S. that Leon Theremin built himself?
History Detectives travels to the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York to consult with experts and find out whether this strange instrument helped spark a rock n’ roll revolution.
- Related Investigation Satelloon Could this three-inch square of metallic material be part of America's first satellite program?
- Related Investigation Short Snorter Was this British ten-shilling note witness to the forging of the alliance between America and Britain?
- Also with Elyse Luray Civil War Soldier Photo Is this the photo of a Civil War soldier actually a woman in disguise?
- Also in Season 8 Lauste Film Clip How is this odd strip of film connected to the invention of talking movies?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Society Circus Program Why are some of New York's wealthiest planning a circus at the depth of the Great Depression?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Survivor Camera Did this antique camera save a Polish Jew during the Holocaust?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.