Published Oct 10, 2008If you own an iPhone you now have the option of carrying an imitation Theremin around with you, as well as a cell phone, camera, iPod and GPS, among millions of other features, apparently. A company called Leisuresonic has designed the application, called Cosmovox, that uses the built-in accelerometer of the phone to make it play crazy tones when you wave it around.
The Theremin, known for sci-fi noises and the role it plays in the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" and much of Jon Spencers early ouevre, is enjoying a bit of a resurgence as of late. Real ones have the distinction of being one of the only instruments you play without touching you wave your hands around an antenna but lately the fashion is to make them out of weird stuff, y'know, like your flippin' iPhone of all things.
If you visit this site you can even buy a kit to make a matchbook size solar Theremin in an Altoids tin that reacts to the angle and exposure of light you let in and at ten bucks, its much cheaper than an iPhone.
Jon Spencer Theremin demonstration