Sunday, June 24, 2007

Gnarls gone Theremin crazy...

Came across this video on the net, and found it simply amazing. Due to two reasons. Firstly, the song (if you didn't guess it already) is Gnarls Barkley's Crazy (and if you haven't listened to already :) should do so as soon as possible). Well, I could have just posted the link to the song, if I wanted you to hear it, but that's isn't my intention. Which brings me to my second reason. This video is basically an experiment to reproduce the song using the musical instrument called 'Theremin'.

 Many of you may already have heard of it, but personally, I'm learning about it for the first time today. It apparently is one of the first ever 'electronic' musical instruments, and will complete a century of existence by 2019. Ok, the best part - it is the first musical instrument that can be played without being physically touched. All you have to do is move your hands around it, and lo! music is created.

Heh, it ain't that easy. The Theremin consists of two radio frequency oscillators and two metal antennae. The player moves his/her hands around this antennae, which control the instrument's pitch and volume. The electric signals created are amplified and sent to the loudspeaker. The sound created is eerie and alien-like, and has been used in many old horror movies, including the voice of Frankenstein I hear. Many old music bands have used it, although not mainstream. Therefore I was pretty surprised to come across a picture of Jimmy Page (of Led Zep fame) using it at a concert in 1973.

Alright, enough said already. Check out this video. It's done by 4 guys and it's well shot/edited too.

Ummm, you may need more than a little bandwidth to view it properly. If so, here's the link, copy-paste it into keepvid.com and get it downloaded.

PS: I've finally switched to Windows Live Writer 2.0 Beta :) Yippee!!

9 comments:

US said...

You missed tagging this under 'Music', 'Videos'. You can do that with Live 2.0 Beta.

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US

stan_da_man said...

Oh, yup, noticed that feature, but forgot to tag it anyway. Thx.

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niki shredder said...

i think joe perry used this in the aerosmith concert here... for sweet emotions... mind blowing! tch tch tch...too bad you missed it :P

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Caverta said...

It is nice that you are trying to learn a instrument. I will check the video out. I've never heard about that kind of instrument.

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