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    Clara Rockmore Google Doodle

    Google Doodle Celebrates Clara Rockmore's Birthday

    To help celebrate Clara Rockmore's 105th birthday on March 9th, Google has produced an interactive Doodle that lets you play a few notes of  The Swan. We're so grateful to Google for putting Clara Rockmore in the spotlight that we'll overlook the fact...

    Leon Theremin

    Leon Theremin: August 27, 1896 - November 3, 1993

    Today we remember Leon Theremin. What started out as a simple science experiment opened doors for Theremin to travel the world and spend a decade in New York. It also brought the attention of the Soviet state which resulted in years of indentured service...

    Lost Footage Found Of Bob Moog Demonstrating The Theremin In 1991

    Chris Stack recently rediscovered some lost footage he took in 1991 of Bob Moog demonstrating the Big Briar Series 91 Model C Theremin. Many years before going to work for Moog Music as marketing manager I was a printed circuit board designer. I met Bob...

    Clara Rockmore

    Remembering Bob Moog - 10 Years Later

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of Bob Moog's passing.  We miss him dearly. If Bob's work had a great influence on your life, we encourage you to help support his legacy by making a donation to The Bob Moog Foundation....

    Leon Theremin at Stanford University - 1991

    Missing Footage of Leon Theremin Visit to Stanford Found

    A recently discovered VHS tape turned out to be missing footage of a concert from Leon Theremin's 1991 visit to Stanford University.  Theremin performed  Moscow Nights in the concert, though in hindsight the theme from The Lost Weekend  might have been...

    Clara Rockmore

    CIA Declassifies Article on Leon Theremin

    Mother Jones magazine recently published a story about 250 declassified articles from an internal CIA magazine.  Among their 10 favorite articles was a real gem for theremin enthusiasts: an 11 page article on Leon Theremin.  The article...

    Clara Rockmore

    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...

    Clara Rockmore

    Happy Birthday Barbara Buchholz

    Today would have been Barbara Buchholz's birthday.  Sadly she passed away last year.  Barbara was an amazing musician with a diverse repertoire.  Not only was she an excellent Thereminist, but she also brought a unique visual aspect to her...

    Clara Rockmore

    Original Instrument Built by Leon Theremin For Sale

    Retro Fret has recently posted for sale an original theremin built by Leon Theremin himself!  According to the listing,...

    Clara Rockmore

    Remembering Leon Theremin 20 Years Later

    Today marks the 20th anniversary of Leon Theremin's passing.  The great man who brought us the instrument we know and l...