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Dorit Chrysler Teases New Theremin Kiosk Project

Dorit Chrysler

In her email newsletter, Dorit Chrysler announced that the NY Theremin Society has received a grant from Thomas Campbell Jackson to develop a prototype "Theremin Kiosk" that could be networked with others around the world to create a virtual theremin orchestra.  Chrysler will coordinate development of the project during a residency at Pioneer Works, an arts and innovation center in Brooklyn, NY.

We'll post more details as they become available.


Happy Birthday Leon Theremin!

As Lydia Kavina explained on Facebook this morning, Leon Theremin often joked that his name read backwards in Russian meant "not dying". And so, he lives on in our hearts and provides ongoing inspiration to never let the theremin "die". 

The detail oriented reader will also note that in the past, we've celebrated Leon Theremin's birthday on August 15th, not the 28th. Lydia also cleared up that mystery too: he was born on August 15th before the Gregorian calendar was adopted in Russia in 1917. According to Wikipedia:

In Russia the Gregorian calendar was accepted after the October Revolution (so named because it took place in October 1917 in the Julian calendar). On 24 January 1918 the Council of People's Commissars issued a Decree that Wednesday, 31 January 1918, was to be followed by Thursday, 14 February 1918, thus dropping 13 days from the calendar.

Therefore, today is the correct day for us to wish a very happy birthday to Lev Sergeyvich Termen!

Student Invents Theremin-Based Respiratory Monitor


A big congratulations to 17 year old Eswar Anandapadmanaban for being selected as one of the top 15 global finalists in this year's Google Science Fair. 

His project?  Eswar built a theremin-based touchless respiratory monitor.  Dubbed "ThereNIM" (for There-Non Invasive Monitor), the apparatus hangs suspended over a hospital bed and detects the subtle rise and fall of a patient's chest during breathing. A computer monitors and records the signal, which doctors can review to look for signs of sleep apnea or other abnormal breathing patterns.

ThereNIM solves a key problem in the way sleep disorders are diagnosed today: the interference of test apparatus on the patient's sleep.  Being a non-invasive solution, ThereNIM users are free to sleep as they normally would without annoying breathing masks or electrodes being attached to their bodies.

The best part?  The whole device costs less than $50 to build.

This isn't the first attempt at using a theremin as a medical device.  Previous attempts have experimented with theremins to aid posture and in musical therapy.  Unlike previous attempts though, ThereNIM seems to have garnered much more attention.  Let's hope Eswar's project takes off!

You can read much more about ThereNIM at http://goo.gl/JZE0E4.

EE Times on Building a Low Cost Theremin


Thanks to EE Times for pointing us to this theremin experiment kit out of a programmable system on a chip (PSoC) device.  The project uses a PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit from Cypress.  Wire it up to a capacity sensor, add a speaker, download a program to the device, and you're in business!

Have you built one of these?  Tell us about your experience, please!

Read more:  Project #16 - Proximity Theremin (100 Projects in 100 Days)

Via:  Building a Low Cost Theremin (EE Times)

RCA Theremin For Sale In UK


Thereminist and entertainer Bruce Woolley has listed an RCA Theremin for sale on RCATheremin.com.  This is a very rare opportunity to own a very rare instrument!

The instrument was formerly owned by Olivia Mattis and was restored by Floyd Engels.

For more details, visit RCATheremin.com's classified ads.