The headline may be hyperbolic, but readers, there is a time for hyperbole. That time is when Beethoven's 9th symphony gets covered by 167 Japanese musicians, playing theremins lodged inside Russian dolls.
Mental Floss writer Chris Higgins has the details on the contraptions the players above are using, called matryomins, in reference to the two key components:
"They're single-oscillator theremins that happen to be contained inside a matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll."
The Beethoven performance apparently took place in 2011. Since then, at least one larger matryomin ensemble has gathered in Japan with an eye to break the size record. Even in small numbers though, there is something eerily wonderful about the instrument. Here's a single matryomin player, performing Love Me Tender:
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