Some of you might have remembered my fascination with the mini-theremin played by a cat not long ago. This evening, I received the package from Japan.
As you’ll see, the Otona no Kagaku magazine / assembly kit is beautifully packaged. I’ve got the mini-theremin build process as a series of photos, where you’ll see it’s easy and fun enough for anyone to put together. Only problem was tuning it, which turned out to be quite a bitch. Still, the intrigue kept me going. This is my first time playing a theremin, so it’s less of a performance, more of an experiment. You’ll see me trying to back up a track from Portishead’s new album, Third.
For the uninitiated, Wikipedia has a decent explanation of how to operate a theremin:
A theremin is unique among musical instruments in that it is performed without being touched by the operator. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Additionally, some theremins use a volume dial and have only one antenna.