Electronic Music Pioneer Rockmore Dead

Electronic music pioneer Clara Rockmore died peacefully at her New York City home on Sunday following a recent stroke.

The 87-year-old Rockmore was the world's first and foremost virtuoso of the theremin, one of the very first synthesizers ever invented. The instrument has been featured most prominantly by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (see the concert flick "The Song Remains the Same"), the Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations"), the Pixies ("Velouria"), Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Matthew Sweet (see "Matthew Sweet Branches Out On New Album").

Rockmore was a classically trained violinist before mastering the theremin, which is played without actually touching the instrument as its eerie wail is controlled by radio waves emanating from antennas. Rockmore was featured in a 1995 documentary on the instrument's Russian inventor, Leon Theremin.