Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage

Glinsky, Albert


Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Language: English

In this book (with a forward by Robert Moog), the author offers a comprehensive history of the Theremin (a space-control electronic musical instrument) and its inventor Leon Theremin (1895-1993). This history/biography is framed by the socio-political and cultural climate in Russia during the 20th century.

Table of contents:

  1. Soviet Power Plus Electrification
  2. The Greatest Musical Wonder of Our Time
  3. Capitalism Plus Electrification
  4. A Theremin in Every Home
  5. The Ether Wave Salon
  6. Alarms, Magic Mirrors, and the Ethereal Suspension
  7. “I Leon Theremin...”
  8. Yowsah, Yowsah!
  9. On the Yausa: Screws, Politicals, and Radio Street
  10. Free Music: New Waves on the Home Front
  11. Mailboxes and the Invisible Man 12 In the Vanguard: Perfume, Sci-Fi, and Hobbyists
  12. A One-Room Flat and the Microstructure of Time