Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994)

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

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Very few people would recognize the name of Leon Theremin (1896-1993) if it weren't for the electronic musical instrument he invented around 1918. Fans of the first Star Trek series will recognize its sounds, but it was used in orchestral compositions and movies quite extensively for many decades, and even played a role in the Brian Wilson's composition of the Beach Boys' hit Good Vibrations. However, this documentary shows that the inventor of the forerunner instrument in electronic music is a … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Written By: Steven M. Martin
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On DVD: Apr 18, 2006
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

Brilliant in moments if also flawed, this is a fascinating chronicle of the man who revolutionized modern music with the world's first electronic instrument; impact on movie scores is one of the docu's best parts.

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Audience Reviews for Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

A documentary about the creator of the musical instrument, Leon Theremin. It's a story about a man with a passion for electronics and music, a man with an inventive and radical mind. It should come as no surprise that he had a profound influence on the development of electronic music as we know it.

The theramin took on a life of its' own. It became the stuff of do-it-yourself kits and a thousand movie soundtracks. You know, that sound that usually accompanies the flying saucer along with the score for The Day The Earth Stood Still? The instrument even co-starred with Jerry Lewis in The Delicate Delinquent. A new generation of fans tested the limits of what a theramin could do, to include The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and a song we're all too familiar with.

DrBenway
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A very very cool documentary on the inventor of one of the most imaginative musical instruments ever constructed - the theremin. Known best for being in the background of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations, the theremin provides an unlikely partner to the composition of both classical and modern works.

John Ballantine
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