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Lev Termen's First Theremin
Lev Termen's First Theremin

Origin

Lev Termen AKA Léon Theremin

Type

Theremin

Effects

Causes interference with electronics when played

Downsides

Playing high notes causes major interference, potentially able to shut down local power

Activation

Playing

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agent

Section

Scientia-732T

Aisle

901928-2708

Shelf

402-899-56721

Date of Collection

2008

[Source]

Origin

Lev Termen, AKA Léon Theremin, was a Russian inventor and physicist who is noted as the inventor of the theremin, the Great Seal bug, and the concept of video interlacing. He was also a mechanical engineer and served during World War I and the Russian Civil War. The theremin was the first mass produced electronic instrument, and was demonstrated in European tour in 1927.

EffectsEdit

Playing the theremin causes interference with any electronics in the surrounding area. Low notes cause only minor interference, but high notes have the potential to completely shut down localized power. It also has the added effect of causing lights to change colour depending on the pitch of the theremin.

CollectionEdit

During an exhibition in California, attendees noticed strange electronic interference in the building hosting the exhibition, as well as the lights seemingly randomly changing colour. Eventually, the entirety of the localised power in the building shut down, without any indication of an actual cause. The theremin was cleanly snagged after a short search, due to the building being evacuated.

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