Theremin Playing Techniques

Carolina Eyck goes over methods for playing and composing for an inscrutable instrument

Y’all know what a theremin is? It’s an early electronic instrument invented in the 1900s. You play it without touching it. It’s really popular for horror and sci-fi music sound effects (think alien spaceships), but people also play them beautifully as musical instruments, as Carolina Eyck demonstrates here. Highlights include Carolina’s own technique for hand movements that allow easy playing of a scale (since it’s hard on the instrument to pluck a note out of thin air), and a demonstration of some effects pedals that allow her to overcome the instrument’s monophony (it can only play one note at a time).