First Theremin From Outer Space

Posted: 4/6/2013 9:57:51 PM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

I watched It Came from Outer Space today for the first time since childhood.  One of the best shot 3D movies of the early 50's it is also one of the better scripts written largely by Ray Bradbury.

The score used work in equal parts from three composers: Herman Stein, Irving Gertz and Henry Mancini which were combined for the soundtrack and featured Bud Hoffman on theremin and is credited as one of the first films to feature it.  I haven't found yet which of them wrote the theremin cues.    

There is a lot of melodic theremin parts featured in the opening titles and in the alien POV and attack scenes.

The iconic creature POV image is featured as the TW error page (which hopefully you've never seen).

Posted: 4/6/2013 11:52:36 PM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Who is "Bud" Hoffman?

There was a thereminist in L.A. at that time by the name of Bud Averill, and of course there was Samuel Hoffman........

.....but who is Bud Hoffman???

Posted: 4/7/2013 1:51:57 AM
roguewave

From: Toronto, Ontario

Joined: 3/6/2013

[Who is "Bud" Hoffman?]

IMDB says: Samuel Hoffman ...musician: theremin (uncredited)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045920/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm#cast

Posted: 4/7/2013 4:31:26 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Love that movie!  (hence the error page homage, which you can see by going to the Events calendar at the moment)

Posted: 4/7/2013 8:45:01 AM
FredM

From: Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K. ................................... Fred Mundell. ................................... Electronics Engineer. (Primarily Analogue) .. CV Synths 1974-1980 .. Theremin developer 2007 to present .. soon to be Developing / Trading as WaveCrafter.com . ...................................

Joined: 12/7/2007

"but who is Bud Hoffman???" - Coalport

Its obvious! This thread is titled "First Theremin From Outer Space"
 
So its unlikely that the thereminist is someone any earthing would know. As fot the similarities of names - there are enough coincidences available on one planet - expand these to galactic level, and you can be sure there will be more..

Even if the ET thereminist had been named Sammy Hoffman, it would not have been an impossible coincidence!

It would not surprise me if there was a thereminist named Keter Kringle somewhere in this galaxy! ;-)

Fred.

Posted: 4/7/2013 10:32:03 AM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

I know Keter! He not a bad thereminist considering he's only been playing for a few months. He got a theremin for Christmas from his dad, Kris.

Posted: 4/7/2013 3:51:53 PM
FredM

From: Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K. ................................... Fred Mundell. ................................... Electronics Engineer. (Primarily Analogue) .. CV Synths 1974-1980 .. Theremin developer 2007 to present .. soon to be Developing / Trading as WaveCrafter.com . ...................................

Joined: 12/7/2007

Kris Kringle ??

Posted: 4/7/2013 10:31:32 PM
ChrisC

From: Hampshire UK

Joined: 6/14/2012

Kris Kringle ??

 

Well in the USA anyway he exists................well sort of!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kringle

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