Tonight, I saw “The Simpsons” episode, “Dial ‘N’ For Nerder,” where at the end they had a version of the introduction to NBC’s “Mystery Movie” from the '70s. It brought up something I always wanted to know from wayback when, what is that whistling instrument?
True on the handle. Zeldar was a charatcer I made up for a short story long ago on the Commodore BBS we had locally.
I seem to recall that the theremin is in a class of its own among musical instruments. Where you can put reed instruments together, and brass and percussion and even keyboard, along with other categories with more than one instrument that fits the category, theremin is all alone.
Your basic “air instrument” like “air guitar” and whatever. It may have been a Wiki article on instrument categories, but I’d have to go check, and I’d rather not.
Here is the theme in the original context, the opening credits of the Mystery Movie, this would always freak me out when I was a kid, the ominous man in black coming to get me. And most appropriate it is an episode of Columbo.