The traditional Theremin instrument which is controlled by the player without any discernible physical contact, uses two antennas has always been a little tricky to play and master. But a new Optic version which has been created offers the same spooky sounds of the original Theremin, but uses infrared light to help the player adjust the notes with a little more ease.
Watch the video after the jump to see how easy the Optic Theremin is to play but still creates the unusual sounds.
At the moment this Optical Theremin created by Chris from Pyro Electro uses IR sensors to detect the distance of the players hand and just controls pitch rather than volume and pitch like a traditional Theremin. If you fancy creating your very own Chris has all the details on his site.
”IR sensors used to detect the distance between the sensor and an object are a perfect fit for a DIY Theremin because they are low cost and they are reliable enough to get the project working. The idea here is that instead of using antennas, we’ll use infrared proximity and be able to play an instrument, the IR Theremin!”