Episode from the podcastImaginary Worlds

Embracing the Spooky Spooky

Released Thursday, 4th February 2021
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In the 1950s and ‘60s, the vibrating sound of the Theremin instrument was synonymous with sci-fi movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still or horror shows like Dark Shadows to the point where the Theremin became a genre cliché. But a new generation of experimental pop musicians like Dorit Chrysler and Miles Brown (of the band Night Terrors) are using the Theremin to create otherworldly sonic landscapes. Also I talk with Albert Glinsky, biographer of Leon Theremin, about how the inventor of the Theremin lived a life that was more like a Kafkaesque science fiction tale.
Check out Albert Glinsky’s book “Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage.”
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So much of this show is about reimagining the imaginary, gleeming insights into the human experience as we go. And it particularly shines when it highlights those things you aren't inclined to think about. The Theremin is a perfect example of this. You hear it but don't really think about it. This episode invites you to appreciate it, drawing from a new sort of understanding.
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