Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Played on 167 Theremins. Because Beethoven and Theremins.

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Aug. 17 2013 8:00 AM

OooooWWWWEEEEEOOOOooo to Joy

theremins, matryoshka dolls, Ode to Joy
This was destined to happen ever since the birth of the Universe.

Photo by mandarinelectron, from the video

I don’t think I need to add much to this except I was destined to post this video, because of my love for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony coupled with an odd but ultimately harmless obsession with theremins. You know, the electronic device that measures the electric field as your hand waves around and changes the pitch and volume of the “oooowwwwwweeeeeoooooo” sound it makes, the instrument that launched a hundred 1950s scifi soundtracks.

Oh, did I mention that in this piece, all 167 theremins were hidden inside matryoshka dolls? Of course they were.

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Your move, doctors and artists and scientists. The bar for the greatest achievement of mankind has been set.

[P.S. I just discovered that you can buy these matryoshka theremins for just $650! You now know what to get me for the holidays.]

Tip o’ the Krell brain booster to Slate staff writer Forrest Wickman.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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