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LEON THEREMIN led a life of flamboyant musical invention laced with daring electronic stealth. A creative genius and prolific inventor, Theremin launched the field of electronic music virtually singlehandedly in 1920 with the musical instrument that bears his name. The theremin — the only instrument that is played without being touched — created a sensation worldwide and paved the way for the modern synthesizer. Its otherworldly sound became familiar in sci-fi films and even in rock music. This magical instrument that charmed millions, however, is only the beginning of the story.<P>As a Soviet scientist, Theremin surrendered his life and work to the service of State espionage. On assignment in Depression-era America, he became the toast of New York society and worked the engines of capitalist commerce while passing data on U.S. industrial technology to the Soviet apparat. Following his sudden disappearance from New York in 1938, Theremin was exiled to a Siberian labor camp. He subsequently vanished into the top-secret Soviet intelligence machine and was presumed dead for nearly thirty years. Using the same technology that lay behind the theremin, he designed bugging devices that eavesdropped on U.S. diplomatic offices and stood at the center of a pivotal cold war confrontation. Throughout his life, Theremin developed many other electronic wonders, including one of the earliest televisions and multimedia devices that anticipated performance art and virtual reality by decades.<P>In this first full biography of Leon Theremin, Albert Glinsky depicts the inventor's nearly one-hundred-year life span as a microcosm of the twentieth century. Theremin is seen at the epicenter of most of themajor events of the century: the Russian Revolution, two world wars, America's Great Depression, Stalin's purges, the cold war, and perestroika. His life emerges as no less than a metaphor for the divergence of communism and capitalism.<P>Theremin blends the whimsical and the

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George Mandis, February 4, 2011 (view all comments by George Mandis)
If you're intrigued by the mad-scientist antics of Nikola Tesla, you'll enjoy reading about the lesser-known but equally-interesting Leon Termen. Electronic music? Espionage? KGB? Television? A predecessor to RFID? The scope of his inventions and scientific contributions are as all-over the map as his life was during the 20s and 30s.
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cookie888, February 4, 2008 (view all comments by cookie888)
Theremin is a well-written biography. Even if you know nothing about the instrument, the man behind the instrument is sure to intrigue you. A fascinating life. Love found, love lost, adventure, music, brilliance, science, politics, socialism, mystery. He lived it all. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the inventors, music, socialism, Russia, art, and with a general interest in biographies. With life as Leon Theremin's, the biography is sure to grip you... not a dull biography at all.
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Moog, Robert
University of Illinois Press
Foreword by:
Moog, Robert
Moog, Robert
Glinsky, Albert
Scientists - Inventors
Composers & Musicians - General
Musical Instruments - General
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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Music in American Life
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9.00 x 6.00 in

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