Need blueprints of RCA theremin cabinet.

Posted: 1/29/2009 4:28:03 AM
GordonC

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Don wrote: [i]the husband and wife team that did the sound effects for that movie[/i]

Are you thinking of Louis and Bebe Barron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_and_Bebe_Barron), the couple that created the "electronic tonalities" (*) for Forbidden Planet?



(*) A phrase used apparently to placate the Musician's Union, who did not accept that it was music. What? A tape collage of ring-modulated self-destructing circuits? Surely this is work for idle hands! Well - as the palindrome goes - Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
Posted: 1/29/2009 12:29:57 PM
djpb_designs

From: Escondido, CA

Joined: 2/6/2008

That would be the team!

I found it very interesting, and wondered just what it was they created for those "sacrificial" circuits. As I said before, the only ones I ever "created" were unintentional and were more visual than sound producing ... the occasional reversed electrolytic cap, the shorted transistors, the fried resistors.

Perhaps the electrolytics were the most "vocal" ... some of them outgas, making a hissing sound. The "hardshell" tantalums can explode, though. Saw one of them take out a fluorescent bulb back in my old Altec Lansing Production Tech days (when they weren't a "brand" owned by some unknown Asian company cranking out computer speakers).

Don
Posted: 1/29/2009 8:25:00 PM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Good news folks - I had lost the photos for this article but just found them again. I'm uploading them in the background as I type this, so by the time you read this post, the RCA drawings should all be back online. Sorry for the inconvenience!!
Posted: 1/29/2009 11:24:52 PM
Thomas Grillo

From: Jackson Mississippi

Joined: 8/13/2006

Jason, thank you very much for restoring those images.
Posted: 1/30/2009 7:06:38 PM
djpb_designs

From: Escondido, CA

Joined: 2/6/2008

Lev triangular spkr vs Interociter!

I found a picture from This Island Earth and compared it to the Lev speaker, and guess what ... you can see they are one in the same ... with a little extra paint and some fancy "tennis ball" things stuck on the corners!

I'm not sure how to post this on TW, though. Any thoughts? (not exactly worthy of a youtube post!)

Don
Posted: 1/31/2009 1:16:22 PM
Thomas Grillo

From: Jackson Mississippi

Joined: 8/13/2006

I'd like to see that comparison. If only the prop masters knew what they had.

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