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Russian inventor of the theremin inspires novel

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Remember those spooky high notes from early Star Trek shows? That's the theremin. It's an electronic musical instrument that you never touch when you play.

The theremin was patented in 1928 by its Russian inventor, a physicist and engineer named Lev Termen.
Montreal music journalist Sean Michaels has now reminagined Lev Termen's story in his debut novel, Us Conductors .

The book is part spy story, part romance. It tells the story of Lev Termen's years in New York City in the Roaring Twenties - celebrated as the inventor of the theremin - and later, in prison in a Siberian gulag and spying on Stalin in Moscow.

Author Sean Michaels - who is also the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone - joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

 

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