Video Wonder: A Musical Instrument Made From a Badger
Watch a man play a “badgermin”—a theremin made from the body of, well, you know.
If you never in your lifetime imagined that you’d see a man in a bowtie and tailcoat playing Rachmaninov on a badger, well, now you have. You’re welcome.
This talented musician is playing a “badgermin”—that is, a badger transformed into a theremin. The theremin, invented by a Russian physicist in 1920, is an electronic instrument that enables the creation of sound without physical contact. The instrument is also known as the ætherphone, thereminophone, ortermenvox, and thereminvox. Two antennae (here, coming out of the neck and the tail), allow the musician to control the frequency and amplitude of sound through hand movements, with the electrical signals then amplified from a loudspeaker.
Dead mammals have never been so mesmerizing.
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