Samuel Hoffman 1952 “You Asked for It” Video

Theremin player Samuel Hoffmann at 'You Asked For It' TV Show.

You Asked For It was a human-interest show that aired between 1950 and 1959. For the first few months, it was named The Art Baker Show, after the series creator and host, Art Baker. In April of 1951, the show’s title was changed to You Asked For It. [Wikipedia] In 1952 the show featured Samuel […]

Masami Takeuchi: First Professional Thereminist of Japan

Japanese Theremin player Masami Takeuchi with a Big Briar Series 91Theremin

The Japanese theremin scene is a lively one. But it’s not easy to find information about it since most of the web sites are in the Japanese language only and Japanese theremin enthusiasts usually do not participate in English language online forums. The result is that Japan is like a theremin world apart. That’s why […]

Alexandra Stepanoff

Thereminist Alexandra Stepanoff.

A short biography of Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States Alexandra Stepanoff. Alexandra Stepanoff was Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States. Formerly a concert singer, around the late twenties she moved from Russia to New York where, thanks to the local Russian community, she met Léon Théremin. Stepanoff participated […]

A Portrait of Mischa Tulin

Thereminist Mischa Tulin.

Mischa Tulin landed in New York, coming from near St. Petersburg, Russia, just at the onset of the Russian Revolution circa 1917. His musical forte was the piano and composition. While working for RCA, he was sent to Russia to persuade Prof. Theremin to come to the U.S. where RCA would benefit from his electronic […]

A Portrait of Bud Averill

Theremin Player Bud Averill.

“Bud” Averill was a very obscure Thereminist and the proprietor of a restaurant (late 30’s, early 40’s?). I am not sure exactly where! I think it was in California. “Bud” used to entertain his customers at “Paradise Cafe” with the Theremin. Oh yeah, Kansas City Steaks and Georgia Fried Chicken were their specialty! I believe […]

His Other Voices. An Interview with Peter Pringle

Canadian teherminist Peter Pringle with his theremins.

An interview with canadian thereminist Peter Pringle. Peter Pringle is an eclectic musician, singer and songwriter from Canada. He became involved in music as a child singing with the children’s chorus of the Canadian Opera Company and studying classical piano. In the 1960’s he moved to the United States where he started a successful songwriting […]