You know that spooky sound you get on old B movies and some of the classic sci-fi flics? Kind of scary, highly atmospheric sort of thing? That’s the sound of the Theremin. It’s also on Good Vibrations – still pretty pop-tastic, nearly half a century on.
The Theremin creates a particular, peculiar and rather beautiful kind of sound, when played expertly.
It was created by Leon Theremin. For a boffin, he was
rather a sound exponent of his own instrument – a bit like Einstein, who was a fairly mean fiddler. You could say their creativity didn’t just express itself in their day job. What you could also say is that they were both inventors and inventors are highly curious people. Curiosity led them to all sorts of exciting revelations and discoveries.
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In Leon’s case it was that, while he was playing around with electrical circuitry to create an audio sound, he discovered that it changed pitch when he moved his hand. He also discovered that it could change volume. It was owing to that curiosity that he created the world’s first popular electronic musical instrument
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We were founded in the digital production age at the beginning of everything HD. And we love the tools that help to create soundtracks for the videos we produce for our clients. All that’s needed is a computer, a keyboard, some
magic pads, imagination, a little skill and that’s it – composing and producing on the fly, pretty much anywhere, anytime. It helps satisfy our curiosity. And it’s all because of this curious Russian man, way back in the 1920s. Without Leon Theremin and his fellow curious types there would be no electronic organs or pianos or synthesisers or music software. And no spooky, eery soundtracks.
So Get Curious
So next time you’re in a meeting, stuck for a particular business-related idea, spare a thought for Leon and his kooky, spooky instrument. Then, stop everything you’re trying to do and give yourselves a bit of time to get curious. You never know what you might find.
By the way
Leon Theremin’s curiosity also led him to invent interlacing, a technique for a clearer TV picture, which is the main reason why TVs and videos no longer look like this.