Theremin

'Theremin - an Electronic Odyssey' (1994) is a feature-length documentary about the life of Leon Theremin made by Steven M. Martin.

Theremin

Theremin

In the 1920's Leon Theremin (or Lev Termen, born 1896) developed the Theremin Vox, an instrument that uses the electro-magnetic fields that float through the body of the musician. The relatively unknown instrument has had a important influence on developments in 20th-century electronic music.

Theremin was later drafted into doing research for the Soviet military and the KGB. Before his death in 1993 Theremin had several opportunities to present his instrument and other inventions to international audiences. Besides Theremin himself, the film features a number of influential people from the music business like: Clara Rockmore, Robert Moog (known from the Moog-synthesizer and designer of a Midi-Theremin), Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Todd Rundgren and others. Theremin - an Electronic Odyssey' was nominated for a 'British Academy Award', won an 'International Emmy award' and the 'Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy'.

The movie was shown at DEAF95.

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