The theremin makes a triumphant return

December 3, 2014 5:47 PM

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"Theremin Hero," a video game in which amateur musicians play a toy version of the strange electronic instrument, akin to "Guitar Hero," may be an idea whose time will never come.

Developed by a Russian scientist and spy named Leon Theremin in 1919, the instrument predated the electric guitar, but flopped upon its patented arrival nearly a decade later, just days after the 1929 Wall Street crash.

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