Family: Electronic Instruments
Also known as: Electro-Theremin
Wikidata item: Q1493856
Invented by: Paul Tanner and Bob Whitsell.
Made in: Late 1950s.
Age: Approximately 60 years old.
Derived from: Theremin.
Disambiguation: An early synthesizer-like device that sounds like a theremin.
Description: The Electro-theremin may be similar in tone and portamento with the theremin, but they have different control mechanisms. The instrument has a sine wave generator placed in a wooden box. The generator comes with a knob which is attached to a slider at the exterior of the box with a piece of string, and aids in the control of its pitch. Moving the slider turns the knob and produces a specific frequency.
History: After being created in the late 1950s, the tannerin was utilized in a few music releases in the late 1950s and 1960s. Paul Tanner's prototype Electro-Theremin may have been the only one of its kind made, and in the late 1960s, Tanner donated or sold the instrument to a hospital. In the year 1999, Tom Polk made a replica of the original Electro-Theremin and he was the person who dubbed the name "Tannerin", in honor of its creator Paul Tanner.
- Straight Outta Lynwood Track 2, credited as theremin
- Music for Heavenly Bodies played by Paul Tanner / Andre Montero And His Orchestra
- I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, by The Beach Boys
- Good Vibrations, by The Beach Boys.
- Wild Honey by The Beach Boys.
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