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Theremin

Sonic Wave Theremin
Theremin
Sonic Wave Theremin, Whole Lotta Love,
Madison Square Garden, New York City,
New York, July 28, 1973
General Specs
Years in use: April 26, 1969-July 7, 1980
The theremin was originally the product of Russian government-sponsored research into proximity sensors. The instrument was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeivich Termen (known in the West as Léon Theremin) in October 1920 after the outbreak of the Russian civil war. After positive reviews at Moscow electronics conferences, Theremin demonstrated the device to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. Lenin was so impressed with the device that he began taking lessons in playing it, commissioned six hundred of the instruments for distribution throughout the Soviet Union, and sent Theremin on a trip around the world to demonstrate the latest Soviet technology and the invention of electronic music.

The theremin is unique among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennae. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement.

Jimmy Page used the Sonic Wave Theremin with a Maestro Echoplex and Orange amps and cabinets in Led Zeppelin.

Between March and May 1971, Jimmy used a double-stacked Theremin.

Photos

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Jimmy Page, Dazed And Confused, January 24, 1970, University of Leeds, West Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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Jimmy Page & Double Theremin, March 11, 1971, University of Southampton, West Refectory, Garden Court, Southampton, England
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Jimmy Page & Double Theremin, March 18, 1971, Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Jimmy Page & Double Theremin, May 3, 1971, KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Jimmy Page, December 7-8, 1972, Hard Rock Concert Theatre, Manchester, England
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Jimmy Page, May 22, 1973, HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas
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Jimmy Page, ca. 1975
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Jimmy Page, ca. 1977
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Custom Theremin

Theremin
Custom Theremin, Whole Lotta Love,
U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans,
Louisiana, October 1, 1998
General Specs
Years in use: April 29, 1995-ca. 2008
When Page and Plant began playing Whole Lotta Love again, beginning in April 29, 1995, Jimmy Page had a Custom Theremin built for the Theremin Duel section. Page used (2) Maestro Echoplex EP-3 units with the Theremin.

Page continued to use the Custom Theremin on the 1998 Page and Plant tour, the 1999-2000 Page/Crowes tour as well as the December 10, 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert.

There was a demonstration of the Custom Theremin by Jimmy Page for The Edge and Jack White in the movie It Might Get Loud at Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California.

Photos

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Jimmy Page, October 13, 1999, Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York
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Jimmy Page, December 10, 2007, O2 Arena, London, England
Custom Theremin
Jimmy Page, It Might Get Loud, ca. 2008

Resources and Information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin

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