Phyllis just posted a comment about the music from Midsomer Murders. Phyllis, “eerie” is the perfect word to describe this music!
I did some Google-ing on the internet and found out that the instrument that can be heard is a Theremin. I sort of thought that it was… The last time my daughter came home we watched a History Detectives show that featured the inventor of the instrument: Léon Theremin. He was a Russian inventor and actually came to the USA as a goodwill ambassador (of sorts) to show off his invention. (It was found out later that some of the gifts to high ranking people in the government had recording/transmitting devices in them… which Theremin had invented, and which were motion-powered… thus enabling them to not need batteries that would only last for a very short time.) Obviously, he wasn’t such a goodwill ambassador!
Anyway, getting back to Midsomer Murders theme music…
I found a short clip on You Tube showing Celia Sheen playing the Midsomer Music theme song on a Theremin. As you can see, she never touches the instrument… it is all done with motions of her hands as they move close to an antenna resembling a lightning rod and a hook resembling a dough attachment of a fancy mixer. (Anyway, that’s what I think those two things look like…)
As I remember from the show, there is a synthesizor (of sorts!) that actaully transmits the sounds that are made. Reminds me of the VERY old horror movies that used to have that sort of music during the times when we were supposed to be scared, and not notice the fishing line holding up the different flying entities!
PS>>> If you have never seen the PBS show History Detectives, do yourself a favor and do so!