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Composers can make pretty god inventors, too. Take a look at our list of important inventions, discoveries and pioneering ideas from musicians, scientists, instrument makers and composers. Just steer clear of Elgar's garden shed…
An instrument played by waving your hand near it? Sounds odd, but Leon Theremin's experiments with electronic sound in the 1920s led to him inventing the Theremin. Since then, the instrument's distinctive whistle has been a favourite in sci-fi movies, Beach Boys songs and avant garde composers of the 20th Century.
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