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Leon Theremin, we miss you

Leon Theremin: 1896-1993

Today is the 12th anniversary of Leon Theremin's passing into the Ether. As you practice today, consider playing a tune in his honor. For inspiration, check out these great recordings of Leon playing the theremin back in the day.

1993 Leon Theremin, who invented the first instrument that used electronics to make music, died in Moscow at age 97. All modern electronic synthesizers are derived from Theremin's invention, which bore his name. He designed the instrument in the early 1920s and it was used in such film classics as The Bride of Frankenstein and The Day the Earth Stood Still. In rock music, the theremin is heard on the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations and Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.

Via: The London Free Press