Big 80 for Theremin Patent

The original USA theremin patent was issued February 28, 1928, exactly 80 years ago today. Related: Original Theremin Patent Filed, Happy Birthday Léon, Theremin Patents, Theremin Patent

Happy Birthday First Product

WinChime 1.0, our first Sagebrush product, was released February 27, 1995, running on Windows 3.1 . Win95 would not appear until November of that year, computers were just beginning to come equipped with sound cards and CD-Rom drives, and people wanted something to play on their new devices. Audio takes up a lot of space … Read more

Theremin Theses

In an earlier, we had pointed out several theremin student design projects. Here, we mention theses and dissertations related (however remotely) to this hands-off instrument: Visual Frets for a Free-Gesture Musical Interface, Leila Hasan, MIT MS EECS, 2001. Visible lasers provide frets. Toward an Understanding of Musical Gesture: Mapping Expressive Intention with the Digital Baton, … Read more

When Ambient Sounds Go Bad

The Times reports on the “Mosquito”, which produces an irritating high-pitched noise only perceived by young people: “These devices are indiscriminate and target all children and young people, including babies, regardless of whether they are behaving or misbehaving,” Sir Al [Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, the Children’s Commissioner for England] told the BBC. [kudos boingboing] Previously: When … Read more