Masami Takeuchi, a Japanese thereminist invented
Matryomin in 1999 â€“ a theremin built into a traditional Russian wooden doll, Matrioshka.
Matryomin is a pitch controlled theremin capable of a five octave range. Masami Takeuchi tells us that the distance of 1 octave at Low-Middle range is pretty much the same as with Moogâ€™s Etherwave theremin so if you have acquired the basic technique to play one of those, you can play Matryomin the same way.
Mandarin Electron, a company directed by Masami Takeuchi, started manufacturing Matryomin on a commercial basis in 2003. Now, a 2nd generation model is available.
If you want to see a whole bunch of the dolls in action check out the YouTube vid of Dvorakâ€™s Symphony No.9 in E minor,op.95 from the New Worldâ€¦ perhaps better known to us uncultured oiks in the UK as the Hovis advert music.
Thanks to Gizmodo for putting us onto this one. Pricing and Availability: