Singing theremin doll is a little creepy

A theremin combined with a Russian doll, made in Japan. Go figure.

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The theremin may well be our favorite musical instrument here at Crave. We know that's certainly the case with Tim Moynihan , anyway. So in honor of him and his robot musicians, today we offer this rather bizarre variation called the "Matryomin," named after the Russian Matryoska dolls by Japanese "master thereminist" Masami Takeuchi. Gizmowatch says the instrument made by Mandarin Electron--which is basically a theremin stuffed inside one of the dolls--yields "both electric and eclectic sounds" and lends the impression that the wooden toy is "singing to the touch of the player." All of this seems more than a little weird to us, in a Chucky sort of way, especially after watching it in action in the video below. We'll it up to Tim to sort it all out for us.

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