This one is for all you space opera fans out there. You may remember Sam Battle – aka Look Mum No Computer – as the man who created that terrifying organ made entirely of Furbies. Well, now he’s come out with something slightly less creepy and a lot more fun.
If you've ever wanted to rock out while living out your Star Wars battle fantasies (and you have a lot of time on your hands), then look no further than Battle's lightsaber theremins. The YouTuber has posted a video of how he gutted a pair of toy lightsabers and basically pimped them into becoming a nifty version of the electronic musical instrument.
A theremin is usually controlled without any actual physical contact, with the thereminist (performer) using their hands between two antennas to make sounds. In some cases, there are horizontal loop antennas that control the volume while an upright antenna controls the pitch. (The instrument has been used in many classic sci-fis, most notably Bernard Herrmann's 1951 score for The Day the Earth Stood Still.)
The same theory has been used by Battle here, except instead of hands he’s using his lightsabers. Battle has made it work by ingeniously taking apart his toy lightsabers and adding an accelerometer chip, the same device that is used in smartphones and game consoles to detect motion. Once inside and he begins his duel, some pretty warped sounds and effects begin, all based on his swordplay. Take a look at the results yourself in the video below, and let us know if you think you’ll be giving it a try.