Friday, June 29, 2007

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994, Steven M. Martin)

"A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument"

I never would have guessed that the scientist who created the theremin was a little bit out of his mind. I also never would have guessed he lived such a crazy life.

Leon Theremin is the subject for this documentary and he really does make for an interesting subject. He became famous for his electronic instrument, the theremin of course, but he also had all these odd ideas. Things such as an instrument that would revive the dead, or invisible electronic bridges that would transport cars. Very interesting stuff for sure.

Whats even more interesting is the life he lived around these crazy ideas, such as being abducted by secret agents and then being forced to work for the KGB. Very interesting stuff here as well.

You know whats not interesting though? The documentary itself. The documentary gives us hints at this wild man but thats all we get, hints. We get more shots of people playing the theremin or scenes from movies where the instrument is used than actual depth to the man who created the instrument and his life.

I was pretty disappointed by it all. Based on the descriptions of the mans life I expected something else. I don't know what, but I defiantly wasn't expecting Brian Wilson rambling on about nonsense and then playing the theremin.

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