Theremin 101

Interview + Performance

Friday, September 04, 2009

Remember the eerie flying saucer sound effect from old B-movies? It's produced by a theremin, the only instrument you play without touching. Kurt gets a lesson from theremin virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin. Produced by Amanda Aronczyk.


    Music Playlist
  1. Good Vibrations
    Artist: Beach Boys
    Album: 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits (Volume 1)
    Label: Capitol
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Copingheaven
    Artist: Pamelia Kurstin
    Album: Thinking Out Loud
    Label: Tzadik
    Purchase: Amazon


Pamelia Kurstin

Produced by:

Amanda Aronczyk

Comments [3]


I think Les Paul would be a better innovator to improve the theremin than Paganini.

Sep. 07 2009 12:02 PM
moogerfooger from asheville, nc

Pamelia is a wonderful Theremin Bass player!!

The next big thing?

Sep. 05 2009 03:44 PM
Carlos from Astoria, NYC

Oh Kurt, how could you neglect to mention Jimmy Page, who introduced legions of heavy metal fans to the theremin during his live extended solo during "Whole Lotta Love" in Led Zeppelin's legendary live shows? "The Song Remains The Same", while not the greatest live concert film, does have some great footage of Page putting his theremin to good use. Interestingly, it also makes an appearance in the current feature "It Might Get Loud", where you can see the delight and wonder in the face of Jack White and U2's The Edge when Page gives them a quick demonstration!

Sep. 05 2009 11:22 AM

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