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A word that is 184 letters long? A three-story home built by a blind man? A man who can pick up and hold, in one hand, twelve billiard balls? Allow Mr. Robert Ripley to answer all of these burning questions, and more, with a nostalgic look back to 1930 from his “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” short subject!
Sheldon and Leon are showing off their musical talents: they are both producing eerie sounds from an instrument called the theremin. First, listen to Sheldon: he’ll play the “Star Trek” theme and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” on his modern theremin. Next, listen to Leon: he’ll perform “The Swan” on his classical theremin…the original!
You might have heard this strange voice-like instrument before, maybe in movies like “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” or “The Lost Weekend,” or “Spellbound.” The theremin was the first electronic musical instrument, a 1919 creation by Russian inventor, Leon Theremin, who originally made it for classical music.
When I was young, my grandfather, who played violin and saxophone, also played the theremin, and I was fascinated to watch him sweep his hands over the antennae, magically producing music!
You can read more about Leon, his theremin, and its predecessors at Theremin World.