By all rights, that whacky, eerie-sounding box called the theremin should be as dead as the brachylosaurus and as quaint as the bustle. Instead, it's undergoing a renaissance that threatens to legitimize its status as a standard instrument. One lesson history teaches is that great art never gravitates toward cutting-edge technology, but to the gizmos that just became obsolete think of Conlon Nancarrow discovering the player piano just after recordings killed it as a parlor instrument. Now that we have enough interactive digital technology to allow eight-year-olds to simulate the Berlin Philharmonic, you'd think theremins would languish in museums. Instead, thereminists suddenly have their own annual convention, just like oboists and tuba players, plus a rising cadre of... More >>>
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Greg and Pamelia Kurstin: Great Art Gravitates Toward Gizmos That Just Became Obsolete.