Banana Theremin | Operation Yellow Helmet

Sean Michaels, Jaedan Chayce Leimert

Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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Sean Michaels


Jaedan Chayce Leimert


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A Whimsical Instrument At Home On Stage or In the Gallery

We asked Sean Michaels –  Thereminist, Said the Gramophone founder, and winner of the 2014 Giller Prize for his fictional novel about Leon Theremin – “Us Conductors” –  to conceptualize a Theremin for us.  Sean graciously accepted the challenge. We put him in touch with local artist Jaedan Chayce Leimert who worked in concert Mr. Michaels to realize his concept. 
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Material: Laminated plywood
Theremin: PAIA Theremax Model 9505
Length: wooden case – 66cm; case including loop antennae – 82cm
Height: at center of case – 16.5cm


The Process

Jaedan documented the process of constructing the Banana Theremin for us. The instrument isn’t just made in the likeness of a generic banana, it is a replica of an actual store-bought banana purchased by Jaedan.

Unfortunately, the original has not survived.



Artist Profile

Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels is a writer and music critic from Montreal. He founded the musicblog Said the Gramophone in 2003 and his novel Us Conductors is out in 2014.

Jaedan Chayce Leimert

Jaedan Chayce Leimert is a cross-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, video, and installation. His work is materially focused on and addresses themes of transience, memory, and emptiness. Leimert completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2013 and is currently based in Vancouver and represented by Robert Lynds Gallery.