29 June, 2010


This is a theremin:

And this is Theremin with a theremin:

Can you believe this guy spied on us for the Soviet Union?

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Watch the video. (If it doesn't load, click the link that says "full episode" and then go to "Chapter 4 of 4: Theremin".) Or if you don't have time, I'll give you gist of it. Leon Theremin, a Russian inventor, invented the Theremin, and is widely credited for the beginning of electronic music. However, while he befriended RCA and other companies who wanted to buy the rights to his inventions, he also spied on company practices for the Russians. He reported what he saw back to his home country, and later, invented "The Thing", an espionage device that needed no battery, and could transmit everything the Americans said through the passive device.

Pretty sneaky, huh?

-----The Golden Eagle


laughingwolf said...

sneaky is right, and that's just the stuff 'they' are willing to divulge about secrets to us peons...

Elliot Grace said...

...interesting post, espionage withstanding. Like SpyGames all over again.
Glad I stopped by.

The Golden Eagle said...

Laughingwolf: I know. Grr.

Elliot Grace: thanks for stopping by! :)