Throng of Theremin Players Performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Here now are 167 musicians playing the absolute hell out of 167 matryomins, to the tune of a boogie-tastic Beethoven's 9th. Be apprised: "matryomin" is a portmanteau of matryoshka (as in nested matryoshka doll) and theremin. It's... basically exactly what it sounds like.

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The theremin, of course, is the hallowed noise-maker of every science fiction score-composer since always. Matryomins, being single-oscillator theremins, are typically marketed as "theremins for beginners," which I suppose makes this a little less impressive than 167 musicians tremelo-ing their way through Beethoven's 9th with both hands. But only a little.

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And while we're on the subject of theremins, here's io9 eic Annalee Newitz learning to play a two-handed version with the assistance of theremin-virtuoso Rob Schwimmer.

Illustration for article titled Throng of Theremin Players Performs Beethovens Ninth Symphony

Trust us – it's harder than it looks.

[Spotted on Mental Floss]

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jstnparsons
Alice in Frankenstein

the sound is soul-crushingly uniform... I'm fairly certain that all of these (99%) women have had their tongues cut out, and they are all humming, expressionless, morbidly anti-boogie, ventriloquy-wise, at perfectly inert - nesting dolls ...why nesting dolls?! At first, I thought they were Russians... then I decided... Mongolian? But then the comments gave it away - the credits confirmed. Oh, Japan, I weep for thee!

I suppose this isn't too different from ... no, there is nothing like this, anywhere. Poor Beethoven. Poor Boogie-Woogie. Poor, hormonally eviscerated high-school students.