The Great Big Story video “The Instrument That Lets You Play the (Electromagnetic) Field” profiles renown theremin player Pamelia Stickney and her instrument. The theremin was patented in 1928 and is played without any physical contact between the musician and instrument.
It’s the only instrument in the world that you play without physically touching it, and its siren call has lured Hollywood and musicians alike in pursuit of its eerie, otherworldly sound. The Theremin, named for its inventor, Leon Theremin?, is a synthesizer controlled by electromagnetic fields. Pamelia Stickney is one of its best players.