The Midium


One of the world's oldest electronic musical instruments, the theremin is named after its inventor, Russian physicist Leon Theremin (known in Russian as Lev Sergeyevich Termen), who developed it in 1920.  The theremin fascinated artists and audiences alike with its unusual sound and unique ability to be played without being touched.  Clara Rockmore became one of its greatest players in the 1930s, and Bob Moog would discover his passion for electronic musical instruments in 1949 when he first read about Theremins as a 14-year-old boy.   

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Indeed, Bob Moog's first creations were theremins; expertise he gained by working with his father on their own designs led the way to Moog creating the modern synthesizer, which would change the world of music forever.  Today, theremins are used in numerous film soundtracks, special effects studios, and musical projects by artists and bands across a range of musical genres.  Bob Moog's legacy as an electronic musical instrument inventor and theremin designer lives on in his company's spirit and instruments, including the Moog Etherwave Theremin, which is handmade in the USA and adds to the original theremin's abilities by being capable of interfacing with––and controlling––modular synthesizers and other instruments that receive control voltages.  More than 100 years after its invention, the theremin continues to fascinate, inspire, and delight a more musical world.

These are electronic musical instruments made by people who are in it for the art... for the joy of music.  Take some time to think about Theremins, and let us know if you have any questions!  We can be emailed at, or you can call us during our hours of operation from 10 AM - 4 PM Pacific, Monday through Saturday.  We would love to hear from you!