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    Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    This has been driving me mad all day.

    What is the name of that electronic musical instrument that is often used on old horror films to make that spooky, ghostly atmospheric sound?

    John Spencers Blues Explosion have also used it on some of their albums?

    I know the answer I just can't recall it.

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    The mighty Theremin.

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    Used to perhaps its greatest effect in the classic sci-fi/horror epic THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD). A terrific movie. PeteLeo.

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    starlingstomp Thanks.

    I knew the answer but is was buried so deep in my mind I couldn't find it.

    Has anyone here ever played one?

    PeteLeo

    I agree the original Thing is a great film.

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    theremin is the correct answer -- here is a good page

    http://www.thereminvox.com/

    and here is a link to buy one --

    http://www.zzounds.com/item--BIGETHERWAVE

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    By the way -- some very odd electronic instrument -- not a theremin -- was used in Kay Kyser's film You'll Find Out (1940).

    I have not wathced that film i.n some time -- copy is buried somehwere in my archives (nee garage).

    It was called a sonovox -- mentioned in this review

    http://www.horror-wood.com/findout.htm


    A GREAT FILM!

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    Thanks for all the feedback guys.

    Has anyone here ever played a Theremin? As I am very tempted to get one.

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    Re: Music question that's driving me mad!!!!!

    Never played a Theremin, but I once pissed on an electric fence.
    That produced some very unusual electrified notes. PeteLeo.

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