"Klaatu barada nikto!"

49 years ago today the earth stood still when this alien command was spoken in theaters across the country on the opening day of the Cold War, sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by recently deceased director Robert Wise. But America was also mesmerized by the new sound of the theremin, which earned its place in the pantheon of good (and bad, see: Ed Wood) movie soundtracks, reaching its quivering peak in 1966 with the Beach Boys' unrivaled "Good Vibrations". For more on this unusual instrument, the Library owns the compelling documentary Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.


Viva theremins!

Who knew how many capacitors, resistors, printed circuit boards, and integrated circuits it took to make a little machine that goes whoooo-eeeee-oooooo.

For fellow Clara Rockmore wanna-bes:
http://www.thereminworld.com is another good site on everything theremin-related.

Several articles in 2002 issues of the magazine Poptronics deal with the nitty-gritty of theremin building. You can find them in the library's research databases...

Sometimes I wonder, "Whatever happened to Gort?"

This is one of my favorite movies. My son, age 11, and I have watched it several time. The Day the Earth Stood Still, along with the original versions of War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers are classi 1950's sci-fi movies. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend them all.