Behold, the honey badger Theremin! Well first, actually, you should be familiar with the honey badger, nature's most intolerant bad ass. Anyway, a trio of nerds somehow managed to kill one of these badgers, which are basically the Rasputins of the animal kingdoms, and stuffed its guts full of the makings of a theremin. How fitting! Theremins are notoriously a favorite instrument of weirdos and dilletantes. With that in mind, here are five of the weirdest theremin videos I could think of off the top of my head. (Badgermin via WFMU)
The Impending Singularity and the Terror of the Automatons
This is utterly terrifying and also counter-intuitive to why a theramin is is such a wonderfully human instrument: the necessity of vibrato and the wavering of pitch to mask the lack of precision. Robots playing theremins is like republicans buying elections--the process is the purpose, guys. Get that robot outta there!
The Voodoo Organist
This is the only use of Theremin I find acceptable right now. This guy is like a rockabilly organ player who throttles the bass lines with his feet and then conducts this crazy tone like a psychedelic witch doctor. I mean, it's some nasty dirty shit, this Voodoo Organist guy. Plus he tours with all those skulls which must demand quite a lot of packing material.
Instrument as Community Division
Whenever I'm feeling like an outcast, I just watch this video four or five times in a row because good lord look at this guy. There is not a single more accurate, depressive record of loneliness I can think of.
Steampunk as Lifestyle not Cosplay
This guy just makes me think of The Matrix.
Awful Theremin Cover of Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Did you think it was impossible to ruin one of the best pop songs of the last 20 years? Well this stoic weirdo with a theremin did just that by turning Cee Lo into charlie Brown's teacher on this awful theremin cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. Like really, those lyrics are some of the most clever, ridiculous, fun ever. An absolute necessity.