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Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19

Philip Neidlinger (KA4KOE) on October 10, 2005
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This Month's Stiff: Lev Sergeyevich Termen

Entered Mortal Coil: 15 August 1896

Assumed Room Temperature: 3 November 1994

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A Young Termen and his Invention, The Theremin

Okay kiddies, here we are scraping the literal bottom of the barrel and rapidly running out of bodies as suitable cannon-fodder for these little essays of mine. And to the ill-tempered ingrates who will inevitably whine like spoiled cry-babies, "But what does this have to do with radio?" (say in squeaky, shrill voice).....Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have waxed eloquent (and sometimes not-so-eloquently) over the past two years about the great founders of our electronic world. So today, I'm writing about Mr. Theremin as I have an interest in one of his inventions at this particular point in my life.  Narcissistic? You betcha! So let's get about the business of telling you fine folks about Lev Sergeyevich Termen, also known by the westernized version of his name, Leon Theremin.

Dearly departed Leon was from St. Petersburg (later known alternately as Leningrad, Petrograd, and then again as St. Petersburg), and therefore, of Russian birth. In his early 20's, Termin serendipitously noted squeals while experimenting with radio receiver circuits. An idea germinated as he wondered if the squeals could be put to some useful purpose, perhaps as a musical instrument. He built suitable apparatus and refined the device to the point where it could be unveiled to the world.

The year was 1919: Russia was in the midst of a civil war betwixt the Bolsheviks and the imperial government. The imperials eventually lost, and a new government, based upon the precepts of Karl Marx, was formed. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was the first premier of the new Soviet Union. Word of Lev's invention reached the new leader, who requested a demonstration of the electronic device. It is said that Lenin was musically inclined, and undertook some instruction from Termin. Ilyich was impressed; so much so that Lev was persuaded to tour Europe and demonstrate his device as an example of Soviet ingenuity. At this point, the inventor hit the big time, performing to stunned audiences with his musical invention. He traveled to the United States and performed to stunned audiences here as well. RCA bought the rights to his patents and began manufacturing vacuum tube theremins. Only a few were ever made. Even badly damaged examples today can fetch upwards of $5000.

So what was so special about the new musical instrument, which was dubbed the “Theremin” after its inventor? Musical notes were formed by merely moving one's hands through the air near the device, which had two antennas jutting from its chassis. A horizontal loop antenna controlled volume: as the left hand was brought near the antenna, the volume would decrease. Another vertical whip antenna controlled pitch: as the right hand was brought near, the pitch would increase. Vibrato and other musical subtleties were induced by gently oscillating the fingers back and forth. The show-stopping performances were a hit because the performer would never touch the instrument: such magic had not been witnessed before by audiences. To hear the ethereal music of a theremin being played by perhaps the greatest virtuosa of all time, the gifted Clara Rockmore, click on the following internet link:

Note that I used the word “gifted” in the preceding sentence. The confounding nature of the instrument results from the fact that the performer has no tactile references for producing correct notes. Theremin technique relies heavily on having a sense of “perfect pitch” and good muscle memory. Anyone can make “music” on a theremin. However, making good music requires a tremendous amount of skill and practice. The instrument is as difficult to play as a violin; perhaps more so.

The theory of operation of the theremin is actually quite easy to understand. In the simplest of terms, it is comprised of two oscillators that work in tandem. One oscillator is fixed in frequency. The second oscillator is a “VFO” so to speak, and is connected to the pitch sense antenna. Under an initial condition of no input from the artist, both oscillators are in a state of what CW operators would term “zero beat”. When the performer brings his right hand near the pitch antenna, he is capacitively coupled to the second oscillator circuit, and its resonant frequency changes as a result. The two signal sources are no longer in zero beat, and you will hear the difference frequency being produced by the loudspeaker.

Clara and Lev were friends and contemporaries. Lev proposed marriage on four separate occasions but was rebuffed every time. Unfortunately for Lev, Clara eventually married someone else. On the rebound, hearbroken Lev married a gifted black dancer. This act scandalized polite society of that era, and the inventor lost many of this friends. It is perhaps fortunate that Clara refused to marry the young, dashing inventor, as things got really weird at that point shortly after in 1938: Lev disappeared and went missing. One rumor was that he was kidnapped by the NKVD (later known as the KGB), so that he might be induced to work on war electronics projects for Mother Russia. Another version is that Lev left willingly, as his personal and professional life were in a shambles as a result of his impulsive marriage. His finances were also in a similar sad state of affairs. Perhaps the inventor had had enough heartbreak and decided to go home of his own accord. I highly recommend you rent or purchase the movie “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey” (available on Amazon.com), which relates the first version of this story. Nevertheless, Lev spent approximately seven years in the gulag, and later worked for the Soviet government 25 years after he was released from prison. During his tenure as a working scientist, Termen invented the world's first electronic listening device, or “bug”. Stalin was very pleased. Many years later, Lev and Clara were reunited and see each other one last time in 1991. They reminisced about their lost youth and had tea together. Both died a few short years later.

Clara Rockmore sincerely hoped that the theremin would be considered a serious musical instrument, and refused all offers to make “spooky” sound effects for Hollywood. However, others had no trouble using the instrument for this purpose. Listen to this famous clip from the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” by Bernard Hermann:

The damage was done. It would be many years before the theremin would undergo a resurgence of interest. Late electronic music genius Bob Moog dedicated his life to keeping interest in the instrument alive. Modern versions of the theremin are still available from Moog Music; the URL is http://www.moogmusic.com .

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen; the story of perhaps the first successful electronic instrument, the theremin. Any google search will turn up oodles and oodles of useful information on this fascinating device. I have included some good links, however, to make your task easier should you wish to look for additional information. Wish me luck as I venture forth and determine if I can learn to play one of these devilishly difficult instruments of ethereal music making.

Till next time, Space Cadets. Gort, Klaatu, Barada, Neckto.

73

Philip Neidlinger, PE

KA4KOE

DED Master Link Page:

“Dead Electrical Dudes” are
© 2005 Philip Neidlinger

Recommended Theremin Links:

LevNet - Friends of the Theremin, http://www.discoveret.org/mailman/listinfo/levnet

Theremin Hispano (en español), http://www.thereminhispano.com

Contemporary Theremin Artists:

Lydia Kavina (great niece of Lev, and his last student), http://www.lydiakavina.com

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Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA2JIZ on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Listen to the entire score of Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" Miklos Rozsa, composer.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA2ROC on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Who can forget the Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" too.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by K5DVW on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oh, you mean he DIDN'T invent the 50 ohm "Termenation"?

The Theremin seriously rocks the house, dude!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by NI0C on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I'm still wondering about the phrase: "Entered Mortal Coil." Is this like: "Acquired Capacity for Life?"
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by K0BG on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
A good friend of mine, Marv Jones, ADØY, built a modern solid state Theremin. I can attest to the difficulty in playing any sort of "music" even if you can play a violin.

The Discovery Channel's program on Lev and Clara is very interesting to say the least. Tapes and DVDs of the program are available on their web site.

Incidentally, he was kidnapped by the Ruskies. This was confirmed by officials of the KGB after glasnos (sp).

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by W6TH on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
.
I should write a similiar item on my musical instrument I invented at the age of 15. I called it the "phlumph", you make music with your teeth and can play all types of music. Symphony through jazz.

Very nice article and I read every single word. Nice post.
.:
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I believe the instrument used in "Good Vibrations" was a Tannerin, and not a Theremin. If you watch the video of the song, the performer (don't know who it is), moves his hand back and forth on a contact board, which is horizontal.

PAN
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I found this on the net:

Source: http://www.electrotheremin.com/etfaq.htm



Q: Did the Beach Boys use a theremin on the recording, Good Vibrations?

A: No. The instrument was not a real, traditional, two antenna-type theremin. It was the Electro-Theremin, a mechanical instrument developed for Paul Tanner by Bob Whitsell in 1958. In addition to Good Vibrations, two other Beach Boys tunes used Tanner and his Electro-Theremin, I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, and Wild Honey. Also, there appears to be another (possibly unreleased) tune, Inspiration, that Tanner recorded in 1966 for the Beach Boys.

What is a Tannerin?

The Tannerin is what I named the modern recreation of the Electro-Theremin that Tom Polk and I have developed. Brian Wilson is currently using a Polk Tannerin.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC0NIB on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I would have thought this meant that entering the proverbial "mortal coil" meant that your plates were holding a charge. This explains the electrical impulse energy that races through your body while you are "up". Once the charge is completely dissipated then you... well; you get the idea! :-)

Cheers;
Jeff
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
"But what does this have to do with radio?" (say in squeaky, shrill voice).....Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

-----

...Well, I hate to disagree with ya dude, but the Theramin is a classic example of the "hand capacitance" that is commonly observed when tuning up those old boatanchors.

One must exert a similar amount of muscle control with screwdriver in hand and know exactly how to find that "sweet spot" when tuning those pesky variable capacitors to tune in WWV when the dial is sitting dead exact on 10.000 mhz. As soon as you remove the screwdriver, it goes off frequency so you have to "estimate" the sweet spot to get it exactly right on the dial. Anyone here else experience this phenomenon? Boy, I guess that's a dumb question.. after all, your all hams out there right?


Ok, here's some food for thought.

I am wondering, "is a Theramin considered a sort of radio device?"

A) It has antennas. (In fact, it's looks like a darn pokypine ham mobile!)
B) It uses electromagnetic principles by design.
C) It uses tuning and frequency control adjustment.
(reminds me of tuning a BFO on an AM signal.)
E) Equipment may qualify for WAS. (travelling roadshow category)
F) Amateur radio signals can be readily recieved on the device. (May even qualify for signal report and QSL card exchange!)
G) Ok, I'm down to the letter "G" and I am already starting to run out of thoughts and ideas on defending you in this area...

I am getting too much QBS on the internet?

72 Charles - KC8VWM
 
Mortal Coil Inductees  
by KA4KOE on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
For those who have tuned in late, after all, its been six months since the last DED, and some of you may be totally new.....

Used in the phrase "to shuffle off this mortal coil",
It comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, and means "to die."

So entering mortal coil is the opposite, implying birth.

There you go, sport...the 5 cent explanation. Charles, if you care to expurgitate in lurid, nauseating detail, have at it.

PAN




 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by K2WH on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
We don't need no stinkin Dudes.

They ain't dudes.

K2WH
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WF7A on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Ahhhhhh! Finally, something I can relate to!

I owned a theremin for a few years (bought one from Robert Moog; I even paid extra to have his signature on it) and I can't begin to tell you how hard it is to play one of those things when you don't have reasonably good, or "perfect", pitch. I ended up giving it away since I was more autistic than artistic with it. (The Seattle Police issued a restraining order against me playing it again...something about "inciting riots.")

We had some fun, though, by connecting a vocoder with it so it would modulate my voice and "sing" for me. Very ethereal stuff!

Next musical toy: an armonica. Stay tuned.

.75 x 73 (okay regards),
Rich
 
RE: Mortal Coil Inductees  
by KC8VWM on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Charles, if you care to expurgitate in lurid, nauseating detail, have at it.


uh, thank you .. I think?!...

:)
 
RE: Mortal Coil Inductees  
by N6AJR on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I am starting to feel old . I remember some of the use of the beastie and clearly remember the moog, ( ed sullivan guest??)

as long as I hold my charge I am happy on this mortal coil..
 
RE: Mortal Coil Inductees  
by KA0GKT on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I built a Theremin over a quarter century ago when I was an undergraduate. IIRC it was a Southwest Technical Products kit of a project in Popular Electronics. I played in the Pep Band (just about the only way to get in to a Basketball game back then) and the College Jazz ensemble. Taught myself to play the thing (but I'm a trombonist and have a pretty decent ear) and used it on an arrangement of "Good Vibrations" the pep band played and soloed on "Stormy Weather" with the Jazz band.

I don't know whether the instrument resides in my parents' basement or in the instrument rack at my Alma Mater.

73 DE KAØGKT/7

--Steve


 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by G0GQK on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Theramin sounds like a pain killer for headaches or lumbago

73, Mel
 
RE: Mortal Coil Inductees  
by WA6BFH on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
"to shuffle off this mortal coil"

I believe that the first time I heard this expression I was about 9 or 10 years old. Coincidentally, in addition to such reading, I was also studying electronics. While I didn’t have a great deal of expertise as yet in that field or any other, I was gaining glimpses into what made up this life of ours, and was even drawing some interesting corollaries!

You see as I recall within days or weeks of my hearing this term, I had a rather painful experience of the close and shocking kind. I had by way of experiment placed a “choke coil” across a battery. I seem to recall that it was only a 6 Volt lantern battery, but the results were dramatic -- the damn thing knocked me half way across the room!

Following this bit of propitious education, propitious in that I both learned something, and was able to walk away from the experience, I had no trouble further understanding how a coil can hold or preserve an energy charge. I was also reading about capacitors, condensers, and laden jars.

Suffice to say I was gaining at least a peripheral exposure to the nature of life and things. I have wondered if Shakespeare had similar experiences. I know that he had certain failings of finance, often borrowing monies that he could not readily repay. He seems to have also been involved in various political mis-adventures, and he was also known to have some dramatic assignations.

I wonder though, considering his somewhat unusual if not sometimes odd turn of phrase, if perhaps he had broader experiences? Might this even be true of men who chose to pursue what might be to others odd or time wasting pursuits, perhaps building strange musical instruments, or just engaging in Amateur Radio?

What neede my Shakespeare for his honour'd bones,
The labour of an Age, in piled stones
Or that his hallow'd Reliques should be hid
Vnder a starre-ypointing Pyramid?
Deare Sonne of Memory, great Heire of Fame,
What needst thou such dull witnesse of thy Name?
Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thy selfe a lasting Monument:
For whil'st to th' shame of slow-endevouring Art
Thy easie numbers flow, and that each part,
Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued Booke,
Those Delphicke Lines with deepe Impression tooke
Then thou our fancy of her selfe bereaving,
Dost make us Marble with too much conceiving,
And so Sepulcher'd in such pompe dost lie
That Kings for such a Tombe would wish to die.

Oh Henry!
 
RE: Mortal Coil Inductees  
by KA2JIZ on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
If you propose the Theremin be considered radio, CQ magazine will propose a WAT contest/award....Worked all Theremins (QRO/QRP/single op/multi op, etc.)
 
Loaner Theremin is Here  
by KA4KOE on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Got my loaner theremin today in the music room. Now my right pitch arm hurts like a mo fro. However, whats coming out of the amp is recognizable. So I guess thats a start.
 
RE: Loaner Theremin is Here  
by WA6BFH on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Mo fro?

Is this some dialect that I would find more commonly used on another band than those I am used to?

73! John
PS
Good work, as always!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by N9XCR on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
K2WH said, "We don't need no stinkin Dudes. They ain't dudes."

I always though the actual definition of a dude was a hair on an elephant's butt. I looked up dude on dictionary.com and here is the definition:
------------------------------------
dude (dd, dyd)
n.
Informal. An Easterner or city person who vacations on a ranch in the West.
Informal. A man who is very fancy or sharp in dress and demeanor.
Slang.
A man; a fellow.
dudes Persons of either sex.
------------------------------------

The dude in the picture above is dressed up real nice. To me, that makes him a dude according to the second definition. Anyone is a dude according to third definition, although it is slang. Either way, it's all in fun!

Have fun dude and 73,
Chris N9XCR
 
RE: Loaner Theremin is Here  
by KC8VWM on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
hmmmmm... Just had a thought. (uh oh)

I bet a Theremin can even do da code...

After all, who really needs a vibroplex when you have a Theremin huh? I bet a person can "pound" um er I mean wave? out at 150+ wpm !

73 OM's ES YL's DE KC8VWM
 
RE: Loaner Theremin is Here  
by KC8VWM on October 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
N9XCR,

Now do us another favor an look up "mo fro" will ya?

72 DE KC8VWM
 
RE: Loaner Theremin is Here  
by N9XCR on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Why?

71 de N9XCR
 
RE: Loaner Theremin is Here  
by N9XCR on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
lol, I think you know what it means. I know what it means and I'm sure not gonna post it here. hehehehe

73, N9XCR

Besides, I'm having a hard time typing today. Stupid laptop keyboards.
 
The Immortal Bard  
by KA4KOE on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
John (BFH):

Again you impress me with your breadth of knowledge and culture.

At one point in my life (prior to marriage) I had a few bit parts in Wild Bill's plays here in Savannah, during the Shakespeare Festival (last was in 1999).

Yep....complete with sword, tights, and staggering. Belching too. The part was one of Falstaff's perpetually-drunk retainers in "The Merry Wives of Windsor". Cal would heartily approve of my performance...although the part was small (there are really no small parts, just small actors----yeah right, just see who gets the babes in Medieval attire with their business out there for the world to see?).

Anyway, before getting on stage, I'd quaff down two cokes FAST and get a LOT of CO2 in my stomach. Right before I spoke, I let it loose, and that belch reverberated across the park via the PA system. It was grand, imminently satisfying, and got laughter from the audience. Remember now, I was playing a DRUNKARD!!!

A LOT of the Bard's plays have ribald humor in them.

Ah, those were the days......

Weren't we talking about theremins, btw?

Philip
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA1KWA on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Lumbago? You use Bright-o for that!

Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr.Howard!

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Ok, the definition of "mo fro."

Motion to and fro.. Accurately describes the artful actions taken by a person when conducting a Theremin instrument.

Not to be confused with the terms slo mo,(slow & motion) or fro yo (which means frozen yogurt) or mo jo. (which I clearly lost a few years ago)

Ok, so there you have it electrical dudes and dudettes.

Now back to our regularly scheduled eham insane asylum.


134 de Charles - KC8VWM


 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by W6TH on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
.
Marylyn Monroe , on the telephone, talking to her mother said; mother I do not feel well today and am in bed with lumbago. Her mother in reply said; are you still hanging around with that Italian?.

.:
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
"However, whats coming out of the amp is recognizable. So I guess thats a start"

Let me clarify that yes, it is recognizable....as ear splitting, nerve shattering, NOISE!!!!!
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by W4SUL on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I've had a number of these wonderful devices over the years. I currently play a kit unit that I got from Moog Music. I actually got to meet Clara one day when she did a rare interview at the New York television station I was an engineer for....

Great post, thanks!
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by W5AOX on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
One of my best friends built a Theremin loop for a high school science fair project circa 1963.
He won grand prize for the widget. He decorated his display with cheap flashing Christmas lights and weird signs, and everyone who came by was enthralled by the ability to wiggle their hands and make fantastic noises.
I, with my completely homebrew Novice ham station in the booth next to his, was frustrated with the "basic" circuitry next door attracting all the attention, and not a few dotty girls as well. Since my homebrew Novice station had a regenerative receiver, I was well acquainted with the ability to make weird noises with bodily movement, and considered it a nuisance, not a thing of interest.
As I mentioned, his Theremin loop received the Grand Prize.
My Novice station? ....... Honorable Mention <sigh>.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA6BFH on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Oh, dear fellow thespian, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars. As if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance. These threads here of our passion, what are these so withered and so wild in their attire, that look not like the inhabitants of the earth
And yet are on't?"

But that I a plain villain could beg your indulgence for yet again this once. That I could ramble on this stage, wave hands o’r the exalted instrument and seek once again to be whole. But alas, these fools and knaves vex me so that I must draw afar. Forsooth let me gain my mount, and speed away upon my electric scooter. I tarry not long here.

So hi thee hither. That I may pour my spirits in thine ear in some future time, and chastise with the velour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round, which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withall.


 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by THERAGE on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oh, pu-leeze
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
hi thee hither?

Yes, of course I have used this expression before...on occasion... I think..

Although, I have to admit that I don't look very good prancing around in tights wearing green peter pan getaway boots when saying it though...



...Ok, i'm back to reading my dictionary again I guess.

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
John,

You remind me of that guy on Saturday Night Live, who called himself the "Master Thespian"!

PAN
 
Three Guesses who this is....  
by KA4KOE on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Merry Wives of Windsor, 1999

http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/merry.jpg
 
The Tempest Raged  
by WA6BFH on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
FIRST WITCH: When shall we meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

SECOND WITCH: When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle's lost and won.

THIRD WITCH: That will be ere the set of sun.

FIRST WITCH: Where the place?

SECOND WITCH: Upon the heathkit.


FIRST WITCH: Where hast thou been, sister?

SECOND WITCH: Killing swine, I mean Hams, those filthy beasts that know not from cleanliness or foul. They cast fourth from land and sea, to broadcast much, from atol or vesssel so much toild and trouble but in a sieve I'll thither sail, And, like a rat without a tail, I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.

SECOND WITCH: I'll give thee a wind.

FIRST WITCH: Thou'rt kind.

THIRD WITCH: And I another.

FIRST WITCH: I myself have all the other, and rage to him that try to vex me. He shall live a man forbid. Weary se’nnights nine times nine Shall he dwindle, peak and pine; Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-toss'd.



 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KILOWATT on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
>"But what does this have to do with radio?" (say in squeaky, shrill voice).....Nothing. Absolutely nothing.<



Just another example of our "brotherhood" and how every damned thing here on Eham.net gets turned into another arguement. Usually via someone's "innocent" nasty sarcasm. That way it's easier to say, "Hey, I didn't mean it the way it came across! I was only kidding!".

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WB2GOF on October 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Here-a-min, There-a-min, Everywhere-a-min-min,.....
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by THEREMINWORLD on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Termen wasn't actually kidnapped by the KGB. Albert Glinsky's excellent book, "Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage" tells the REAL truth.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KE4ZHN on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Cool article Philip. I listened to some of the audio samples on one of the links...man what a weird sounding instrument! But they seem to be able to make some nice music with it. It reminds me of those weird soundtracks they use on sci fi flicks.
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19 (Toil & Trouble)  
by K3CXG on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Did he die, or was her Terman-ated?

What fools these mortals be...

Hey Philip: Maybe it's time to switch over to live electrical dudes (LEDs). They don't require much current...and they're very bright!

Alas, I must depart while the departing is good.

Adieu! AMF!

Mike K3CXG
"Good day to you, sir. I said, good day!"
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I mentioned he may have left willingly in the second version of his disappearance. Nevertheless, the man did spend time in the Gulag. Can you tell us why would he leave willingly IF he knew the gulag was waiting for him? Or did this all crop up after he left?

I haven't read Glinsky's book yet, but I'd like to.

Boy, my right arm hurts like heck. I can do a passable version of Silent Night, Holy Night on this loaner theremin, Big Briar Etherwave.

PAN
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA6BFH on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Why do you sign "Pan"?

Its not a flute, and those tights were not green!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by K4JSR on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
He signs "PAN" because he is living in a Mid-summer's Night Dream! And now you have the rest of the
"PAN-O-RAMA"!!!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Big Briar Etherwave.


hmmm...

That kinda sounds like a cross between a grocery store, LAN and computer sound card.
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA6BFH on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Maybe he would play better, if he sprinked some "pixie dust" on his Mo Fro'ing arm?
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA2JJH on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
NICE ONE PHILIP....MORE!!!!!
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Big Briar was the old name for Bob Moog's company.

http://www.bigbriar.com

It will direct you to the same place noted in the article.

Philip
 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KC8VWM on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Did you get the kit or was it already assembled?

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by WA6BFH on October 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
As I was thinking about that Mo Fro'ing arm, an old quotation came to me!

Do not rely on unplanned music; it comes out as though it were planned, but planned by someone you cross the street to avoid."
Robert Ashley

Just a thought ;-)

 
RE: Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA4KOE on October 13, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
No, Charles....I have an older Etherwave, but it is on loan from a work associate.
 
FESTIVAL!!!!  
by KA4KOE on October 15, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
The red hour has arrived, brother. Per the will of Landru, it is time for FESTIVAL!!!
 
RE: FESTIVAL!!!!  
by WA6BFH on October 15, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Would that be a "Mo Fro'ing Festival"?
 
Dead Electrical Dudes No. 19  
by KA3EHL on October 17, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Find yours own Theramin on ebay......I was surprised!
 
Me on the Theremin  
by KA4KOE on October 22, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
To hear an absolutely awful rendition of me playing along with a well known patriotic tune, click on

http://home.comcast.net/~ka4koe/green.mp3

Due to issues with the primitive Windows sound recorder (it stops at 60 seconds) perhaps mixed with a healthy portion of my incompetence, I had to stop and push record again on the program. So the tune jumps spots a couple of times.

Before you get your torches, and come up my street screaming for my spurting red blood, remember, I've only been doing this for two weeks.

Affectionately yours

Philip
KA4KOE
 
RE: Me on the Theremin  
by KA4KOE on October 27, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Sorry kids....

I have removed the horrid piece from the server, so its no longer available.

P
 
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