Chapter 1: From the Ether

A storm at sea — One continent talking to another — Childhood experimentation — The voices of the dead — “Mysterons” — Animated dummies — A premonition of misinterpretation — Verbal abuse as a characteristically English means to express admiration — A dog barking — Midsummer night — Nocturnal projections — The paranormal — Acclaim! — An anatomy — Espionage

In this chapter:

  • The Theremin
  • Mysterons
  • Dummy – marketing, critical and commercial success

Leon Theremin playing the instrument he invented.


Portishead performing "Mysterons" in 2008


Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons – episode 1. Skip to 2:12 to hear the voices of the Mysterons.


MI6's  SIS building  on the banks of the Thames, used for a  Dummy  publicity event.

MI6's SIS building on the banks of the Thames, used for a Dummy publicity event.

Portishead's 1994 short film, To Kill a Dead Man


The first segment of BBC's Weird Night, December 17, 1994


The Day the Earth Stood Still score by Bernard Herrmann

The Lost Weekend score by Miklós Rózsa

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (theremin part)