Theremini: The car as a musical instrument

Ever made music with a car engine? No? No problem, because luckily there’s Sam Battle, who likes to try out such things for the rest of humanity, optionally with Game Boys, Furbies, organs or other equipment. as LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER he has recently youtube published a video in which he connects a theremin with a Mini Cooper to a theremini, on it the song Over the Rainbow to play.

When asked why he’s doing this, the adventurous Briton responds, appropriately, with “Why not”. Nevertheless, he is always concerned about the well-being of his vehicle in the video. Accordingly, he carefully adjusts the servo that is supposed to control the motor mechanically. He then connects this to the theremin via a controller board. What works technically leaves a lot to be desired musically. Because even without the disturbing wind, it quickly becomes clear that a mini motor is hardly suitable as an instrument.

After his attempt, Sam is convinced that his project was not a good idea from the start – everyone had advised him against it beforehand. But anyone who knows his work knows that as a full-blooded maker he has to try everything. Battle offers downloadable audio samples of his experiment to his supporters on Patreon. Everyone else can listen to the combustion engine sounds on YouTube from minute 6:45.


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