To attain high levels of employee engagement I believe we must learn from artists and how they approach their art. Artists give us exquisite examples of people fully engaged in their work. How about a young musician that creates beautiful music on a thermin without every touching the instrument? I think her work hints at the sensitivity leaders and managers need to draw high levels of engagement out of everyone working.
The theremin is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. It is unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. The controlling section generally consists of two metal antennas to sense the relative position of the player’s hands. These sensors control audio for frequency from one hand, and volume from the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker. To play the theremin, the player moves his hands around the two metal antennas, which control the instrument’s frequency and amplitude volume.
Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstinplays and discusses her theremin, She excavates a dusty artifact from the prehistoric strata of electronic music — and demonstrates how to squeeze soul from an instrument you can’t even touch.
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