Play the early electronic instrument in your browser.

Google has honoured theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore with an interactive Google Doodle.

Born in 1911, Rockmore was one of the most famous players of the early gesture-controlled electronic instrument, taking it up after being forced to give up the violin because of tendonitis in her bow arm.

Rockmore went on to work with inventor Léon Theremin on improving the device, and her mastery of the instrument saw her performing with orchestras like the New York Philharmonic in the 1930s, long before synthesizers were commonplace.

The Doodle, which commemorates the 105th anniversary of her birth, lets you play a virtual version of the theremin in your browser. It arrives on the same day as Google’s Chrome Sound Lab, a collection of interactive browser instruments.



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