Clara Rockmore — 'The Swan' On Theremin

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we'll provide the jams.

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Bet you wish someone had thrown a Theremin under the tree for you this year. Float away on a cloud of space age electronic goodness as Clara Rockmore exhibits her virtuosity on one of the most obscure musical instruments of all time.

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Land surveyors can also achieve Theremin-like effects with a Schonstedt metal locator. Unlike the original Theremin, it isn't a completely hands-free experience; one must manually rotate the volume control knob to make it loud or soft, but pitch can be controlled not only with the sensitivity potentiometer but also Theremin-style by waving the wand close to and away from a paramagnetic object, such as an iron rod. Changing the orientation - straight up-and-down versus inclined at an angle, and oriented North-South versus East-West, also varies the pitch, so you can do some real rockstar moves while jamming on your Schonstedt.