Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gnarls Barkley Crazy Theremin Jam

Sorry for not posting last night. I finally managed to sit down to finish a project that I'd been meaning to do for several weeks and, when I finally, finished it was after 2am. Anyway, for reasons that will probably become clear over the next few weeks, I spent part of the day yesterday grilling the Husband about transistors, capacitors, 16- and 14- bit chips, etc., etc. (You may recall that he's an engineer.) His eyes lit up like a little kid asked to explain all of the features on the new model airplane he's just received for Christmas - it was so cute. In fact, H. got so enthusiastic, he made me sit down and watch theremin videos on YouTube with him. It's amazing how many videos there are of people playing the theremin on YouTube.

Do you know what a theremin is? It's an instrument that you play without touching anything. Yep, it's true. Even if you think you don't know what it is, odds are that you've heard one. In the theme song to the original "Star Trek" series, that unearthly humming is made by a theremin.

The above YouTube video was one of the more bearable theremin videos I watched last night. It is kind of an interesting instrument. I just don't find the sound it makes terribly soothing!

Anyway, have a good day, everyone. I'll be back tonight.

3 comments:

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Hey that was really cool! Chuck (he is a music lover, and a lover of all sorts of instruments) stood behind me and watched the whole thing, and mumbled nonsensical words like midi, analog, and moog behind me in amazement.

I am curious what you are working one next...

Jean said...

WOW! love it love it love it!

Melissa said...

Hi Melanie - yeah, that's pretty much the way my husband reacts to this video, too! As much as I rolled my eyes, I must admit that I did enjoy it a lot!

Uh, I'm beginning to regret deciding to try to make those contest pieces. I think maybe I should have waited another year, but I've put too much time and effort into them already, so I have to finish SOMETHING this month.

Hi Jean! Isn't it great?! It's too bad about the Star Trek theme though - I liked the idea of the song incorporating a theremin...