Your morning happiness: cat discovers theremin.

The theremin is…

…is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). It is named after the westernized name of its Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928.

The instrument’s controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the relative position of the thereminist’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electricsignals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

It is essentially played just by moving one’s hands through the air.  You might think this is a recent invention what with all our new fangled technology, but it was actually created almost a century ago (1918).  Here’s an example of a good theremin player:

And here’s what happens when a cat gets a hold of one:

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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