Detritus 241

> Wow – I never knew Leon Theremin was into espionage! Along with the theremin he also developed a bugging device called The Thing – very clever for a sneaky device, it required no power supply & was activated by transmitting radio waves at it! Cue spooky theremin music:

“The device was embedded in a carved wooden plaque of the Great Seal of the United States. On August 4, 1945, a delegation from the Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union presented the bugged carving to U.S. Ambassador Averell Harriman, as a “gesture of friendship” to the USSR’s World War II ally. It hung in the ambassador’s Moscow residential study until it was exposed in 1952 during the tenure of Ambassador George F. Kennan. The existence of the bug was accidentally discovered by a British radio operator who overheard American conversations on an open radio channel as the Russians were beaming radio waves at the ambassador’s office. The Department of State found the device in the Great Seal carving after an exhaustive search of the American Embassy, and Peter Wright, a British scientist and former MI5 counterintelligence officer, eventually discovered how it worked. Had the device never been discovered, it could easily have worked indefinitely.”

 

Gray Keys from Carlo Vega on Vimeo.

 

> Do nothing for two minutes

 

> the power of triggering a ritual

 

15,00 Volts from Melanie Hoff on Vimeo.

 

DocHouse Sound Design Masterclass with Peter Albrechtsen from DocHouse on Vimeo.

 

Mechanical Instrument from Wuxiaofei Dyson on Vimeo.

 

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