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Forum Series: Theremins - Music from the Air

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio YST Conservatory 117376 Singapore (map)



In 1920, Russian scientist Lev Sergeevich Termen (Leon Theremin) invented the first electronic musical instrument, which was initially called the etherphone but later renamed the theremin after its inventor. No physical contact is involved with the instrument; the performer controls pitch and volume with the position of his/her hands in the air. Envisaged by its inventor as an instrument for every home (which never happened), it remains among the most curious and fascinating musical instruments. Dr Sourin will speak about the theremin's history and present two theremins; audience members will also have a unique opportunity to play the instruments.


Dr. Alexei Sourin is Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University. He came to Singapore 25 years ago. His teaching and research (with more than 230 papers published) is in computer graphics, virtual reality and new user-computer interfaces. Alexei Sourin is investigating how the theremin, which is often considered as one of the most difficult to master musical instruments, can become an instrument for every home when digital music is combined with computer graphics.


• Free admission.
• All event information is correct at time of print.
• Out of respect for other concertgoers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Photo credits: School of Computer Science and Engineering, NTU