Ed Wood would love it, would Ed Wood

Thereminist, Clara Rockmore

The Theremin is an odd enough creature to begin with. Now someone has gone and created a robotic version.

There was a time when its spooky alien noises were considered elegant enough to rival even the violin for emotive power. The Theremin first appeared in the score for a 1931 film composed by no less a figure than Shostakovich. Later, Howard Shore recreated the 1950's horror genre atmosphere for Tim Burton's Ed Wood using liberal amounts of Theremin.

More recently, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, during his stint as composer in residence at the BBC, wrote some pieces for the Theremin's cousin, the Ondes Martenot.

Well anyway, here is the aforementioned robot playing Patsy Kline's Crazy.

It looks like a modified Moog Etherwave Standard–oh yes, you can just buy one on the net these days. Or make your own. Also, the inventor has written some notes about his software, for the curious.

And I have no idea what is going on in this picture–please don't ask.