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Ondes Martenot
April 25, 2013, 9:47 am
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Here at the Golden Apples we are huge fans of Theremin virtuoso May Roosevelt and we were very excited to see recently on her FB page the news for 2013: “My upcoming album: 10 tracks, 31:15 total time” – the news comes after an extended musical break where her pursuit of her graphic design career left many of us anxiuos she may not return to give us another ‘Haunted’.  Asa reviwer so aptly put it “The Theremin is a very complex instrument yet absolutely submissive to the hands of May Roosevelt”…



But what of Ondes Martnenot the title of this post. Well we have also been reading ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ which is a wonderful history of electronic music, and it is here that we have been discovering the sound  of the Ondes Martenot. A vintage electronic instrument which belongs to a very exclusive musical club where it could be referred to as the slightly more sophisticated cousin of the Theremin.

christine ott

In looking for Ondes Martenot virtusos the name Christina Ott appears often.

… typically haunting atmospheric sounds – but then –  this crazy jazz thing!!!…

…in performance with Yann Tiersen…


You cannot touch on the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot without mentioning Raymond Scott’s legendary Electronium fames as the first ever sequencer. It sits today gathering dust in the basement of Devo’s Mutato Studio on Sunset Blvd buried (but treasured) amongst Mark Mothersbaugh’s amazing vintage electronica collection.



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