Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Todd Rundgren
Director: Steven M. Martin Cast: Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren
, Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
, Clara Rockmore
Clara Rockmore
Steven M. Martin

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Very few people would recognize the name of Leon Theremin (1896-1993) if it weren't for the electronic musical instrument he invented around 1918. Fans of the first Star Trek series will recognize its sounds, but it was used in orchestral compositions and movies quite extensively for many decades, and even played a role in the Brian Wilson's composition of the Beach Boys' hit "Good Vibrations." However, this documentary shows that the inventor of the forerunner instrument in electronic music is a person whose life had a lot more to offer than that. He was called "the Soviet Edison," and was honored by Lenin before he went to work in the United States, where he developed the first electronic security system in the world for Sing-Sing Prison in upstate New York. He also was a pioneer in interracial relations, braving the strong disapproval of his peers to marry a black ballerina. He was kidnapped from the U.S. in 1938 on the orders of the vengeful and ever-paranoid Stalin, brought back to the U.S.S.R., charged with treason, and was sentenced to a gulag (forced-labor camp). However, when World War II rolled around, he was brought back into the mainstream and was put to work for the KGB, for whom he invented the first electronic "bug" for eavesdropping, for which he earned the Stalin Prize.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0883904304654
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 32,064

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey
1. Logos/Musical Prophet
2. "Pitch & Volume"
3. Carnegie Hall Concert
4. "Very Romantic"
5. "Mad Scientist?"
6. Black Ballet
7. "Not Just a Magic Toy"
8. Lost Love
9. Hollywood's Instrument
10. Theremin Resurfaces
11. Fun for Jerry Lewis
12. Russian Affiliations
13. A Dying Art
14. "Good Vibrations"
15. An Honored Artist
16. Reunion/End Credits

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