The Theremin Invented in 1919 by a Russian physicist, the theremin looks like no other musical instrument. It's played without being touched. And its haunting sound has been heard in science fiction movies and rock bands. Pamelia Kurstin, a renowed theremin player, is giving a "graphics performance" where the sound will be turned into interpretive images. NPR's Nancy Solomon reports.
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Invented in 1919 by a Russian physicist, the theremin looks like no other musical instrument. It's played without being touched. And its haunting sound has been heard in science fiction movies and rock bands. Pamelia Kurstin, a renowed theremin player, is giving a "graphics performance" where the sound will be turned into interpretive images. NPR's Nancy Solomon reports.