The Ether and AEther Experiment, run by Randy George in Los Angeles, is an attempt to inject the theremin into the world’s collective consciousness. Randy performs a cover of the Gnarls Barkley hit, Crazy, using Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin, Moog Etherwave Theremin, Minimoog Voyager, carpet KD – Akai MPC drum machine, with accompaniment by friend Elliot on bass and guitar.
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The main theremin was passed through iZotope Trash, a software guitar effects plugin. The video was edited entirely in Adobe After Effects. The hand on the carpet was to simulate wind noise.
See more on Randy’s theremin project at www.myspace.com/etherandaether.
The theremin was invented by Russian inventor Léon Theremin in 1919, and it is unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. It consists of two radio frequency oscillators and two metal antennae. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
To play the theremin, the player moves his or her hands around the two metal antennae, which control the instrument’s frequency (pitch) and amplitude (volume). The theremin is widely associated with “alien”, surreal, and eerie-sounding portamento, glissando, tremolo, and vibrato sounds, due to its use in film soundtracks such as Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. The theremin is also used in art music (especially avant-garde and 20th-century “new music”) and in popular music genres such as rock and pop.
(Source: Theremin at Wikipedia)