Innocently listening to the local radio as I work, I heard the version of "Go to Sleep Little Baby" from the O' Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
The thereminist in me caused me to cock my ear in the direction and focus my attention - yes, that IS a theremin floating around in the back there!
It became very obvious about 1:45 or so -this version is terrible. Whatever-it's a great excuse to watch that film again! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK6Jb9_rpdg
No - one thing I've learned is to never be certain....but it sounds like a theremin to me, mainly the really wonky vibrato in parts.
A little internet research indicates that it is theremin, although you know that I know that the Internet doesn't necessarily know either, except maybe for 42.
Great film, great song! That's Emmylou Harris, singing with Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch. (Emmylou is a sweetie and sang backup vocals for me on my first album. We were both on Warner Bros. Records at the time). Oh, the stories I could tellya!
No, that is not a theremin on the recording. I'm not certain what it IS, but I am certain it is not a theremin.
"No, that is not a theremin on the recording. I'm not certain what it IS, but I am certain it is not a theremin."
How can you be sure? Have you heard the non-youtube version lately? Sounds like a theremin to me...although it could be a saw, or pedal steel....
Interesting that the Wikipedia page does not list a theremin player.
It is probable that they did not want to use instruments that were not in existence at that time, but this film was set in the late 20's/early 30's, wasn't it?