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…cats and theremins are a really amusing combination.

About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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  1. I’ll get it on video if she ever wants to go near it again. She was sniffing it, which of course set it off, and then she started lashing her tail, which also made it move, and then she was trying to figure out something about the amp after she realized the connection between her movements and the noises. It’s rare that she encounters something she totally can’t seem to explain to herself, and that seemed to be one of those things.

    It was sold as a theremin but it’s apparently some predecessor to a “real” theremin because it’s only got one antenna. (Which means I’m going to have to start looking for volume pedals, because right now I have to turn the volume knob on the amp in order to play it.)

  2. Bullet tries desperately to resist awful pun about cats and fails miserably.
    So, she was feline purrfectly surprised then? :P.

  3. ‘Swat I mean by unfair. You can’t go teasing folks with that stuff if you didn’t get it on video. Not to mention that you actually *have* a theremin.

    Bullet:

    Booooooooooooo.
    (And hissssssssss.) :P

  4. If you’ve heard the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations” you’ve heard a theremin. It’s that cool “oooOOOooo” break in the middle of the song. A lot of horror movies also use theremins for atmosphere.

    There was an interesting theremin-based group in the 60s called Lothar and the Hand People. Truly underrated pop. (The band name is derived from the instrument. The full name of the contraption is actually a lothar-theramin.)

  5. what you have is sometimes called a “simple theremin,” though the name varies because people build different versions of them and call them what they want. “simple theremins” don’t have volume control.

    a theremin that uses a saw instead of an antenna:

    an antenna that uses a balloon to control pitch:

    pencil marks on paper used to control pitch:

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