Theremin in Maryland by shueh-li ong [May 19th 2001]

The purpose of my trip to Maryland was to meet with theremin enthusiast, maker and performer of many years, Arthur (Art) Harrison. A visit to the Clara (she “single-handedly” brought the theremin to fame) Rockmore exhibit at Maryland University, and Dr Bruce Wilson, Head of the Performing Arts Library and exhibit curator, made the trip complete.

When I was first introduced to Art’s theremins, I immediately noticed the difference in the appearance of his instruments compared with the theremin design with which I am more accustomed. Besides their aesthetic value, and the much smarter, utilitarian placement of power and audio jacks on the back panels of the instruments, Art has spent considerable effort developing theremins which use plates, instead of the usual monopole and loop. Read the rest of this entry »