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  Ondes & Theremin #1
This is the poster that announced the introduction of the theremin to the Paris public in 1927.
The ondes Martenot, although its function is based on the same heterodyne principle as the theremin, is touched by the ondiste.
At the time, young Martenot was a radio operator in the French military and was quite celebrated for playing tunes electronically on his radio equipment.
www.peterpringle.com /ondes.html   (654 words)

 Ondes Martenot
Electronic instrument invented by the Frenchman Maurice Martenot in 1928 and introduced to Canada in 1950 by Andrée Desautels, who invited to Montreal the inventor's sister Ginette Martenot to give a recital and demonstration on CBC radio.
In 1970 he conducted an ondes Martenot class at the CMM, the first in North America.
Among other Canadians who have written on the subject, is Silvester Vicic whose MA thesis is entitled 'The Ondes Martenot: a survey of its use in selected French compositions 1928-1950' (University of Western Ontario 1984).
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0002624   (485 words)

 Ondes Martenot
At the end of W.W.I, Maurice Martenot (1898-1980), a sergeant in charge of a wireless station, noticed the purity of vibrations produced by radio tubes (a recent invention).
The martenot was intended to become a member of the orchestral family, not to be used to create a new type of music.
In 1938, Martenot, then a professor at the Paris Conservatoire, built a special Martenot to be used for microtonal Hindu music.
csunix1.lvc.edu /~snyder/em/mart.html   (343 words)

 Synth Secrets
They are the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot.
The Ondes Martenot, unveiled by Maurice Martenot in 1928, is a fascinating instrument, and if you're not familiar with it, it's really worth investigating.
This makes the Ondes Martenot almost unique among electronic instruments because, if you slip your finger through the ring and move it to the right, the pitch of the instrument rises without quantised steps; if you move it to the left, the pitch falls without quantised steps.
www.soundonsound.com /sos/Jul03/articles/synthsecrets51.asp   (3224 words)

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Maurice Martenot, a French electrician, was mobilized to the army as a telegrapher for World War I. He directed his attention to the sound from an oscillation circuit with triode tubes, and thought the possibility to make use of this sound to the music.
Maurice Martenot had pursued the possibility that ondes Martenot would be used same as many other monodic instruments in the orchestra.
He had positively followed his personal policy that Ondes Martenot had to be an musical instrument that was played by human beings.
mirabeau.cool.ne.jp /onde/e_onde.html   (727 words)

  Music for Ondes Martenot NAXOS 8.555779 [PCW]: Classical CD Reviews- October 2004 MusicWeb(UK)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ondes is French for "waves" and Maurice Martenot (1898-1980) was the Frenchman who invented the instrument.
Martenot was a cellist and scientist whose interest in electronic sound was primarily in its expressive musical potential.
Substitution of the ondes was therefore authorized by Martinů.
www.musicweb.uk.net /classRev/2004/Oct04/martenot.htm   (659 words)

 Program Notes
Dutoit to premiere the Concerto for Ondes Martenot by Jacques Hétu in Paris with the Orchestre National de France.
In this strange piece, besides a melodic theme undergoing multiple variations in the piano, gamelan, ondes, and woodwinds, there is heard a rhythmic mode of 17 durations allotted in dispersed and simultaneous order to five different timbres of the percussion: wood block, suspended cymbal, maracas, tambourine, and tam-tam.
Martenot, who himself had studied at the Paris Conservatory during the 1920s, instigated an ondes martenot class there in 1947.
www.philorch.org /styles/poa02e/www/prognotes_20031002.html?cur_month=2006-05   (5001 words)

 Idioteque.it @ ice age coming
A dimostrazione che i Radiohead sono artisti immersi in ogni campo della cultura (questa volta nel campo musicale), vi è anche l'utilizzo dell'Ondes Martenot, uno strumento molto raro e poco conosciuto.
Il passo successivo fu quello di acquistarne uno, impresa che non fu facile poiché gli Ondes Martenot prodotti erano soltanto 50, di cui 44 già destinati ad una scuola di musica in Giappone.
Oltre a glissare a microintervalli, le Ondes Martenot rendono possibile il vibrato che dipende integralmente dai gesti dell'interprete, sia per quel che riguarda la velocità sia per l'ampiezza delle oscillazioni.
www.idioteque.it /strumenti/ondesmartenot.php   (424 words)

 YouTube - Jean Laurendeau and the Ondes Martenot
YouTube - Jean Laurendeau and the Ondes Martenot
A light overview of the rarely heard Ondes Martenot, with one of the world's foremost masters of the instrument, Jean Laurendeau.
Ondes Martenot Martinot Jean Laurendeau Caballero PSO blogs blog
www.youtube.com /watch?v=Yy9UBjrUjwo   (532 words)

 Union des Enseignements Martenot - The Martenot Wavesc'est rubrique.html
Since the triumphal introduction of the "MARTENOT" at the Paris Opera House in 1928, tremendous improvements have been made : electronically speaking, by keeping on applying the latest technical improvements (the digitized MARTENOT is the eighth model), artistically speaking, by increasing tenfold the potentialities and the facility of performance.
So the current digitized MARTENOT, akin to the winner of the Award of the 1937 Exhibition is the outcome of sixty years' experience.
Range marks were necessary to perform on the ring (originally played from a distance), hence the idea of counterfeiting a keyboard, and then to make virtuosity easier, why not a real keyboard, but a light, portable one, so as not to lose any control over accuracy, a crucial factor in the file of sound.
martenot.fr /rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=22   (416 words)

 Union des Enseignements Martenot - article.html
Contrary to what might be imagined at first, if the Martenot was called an electronic device, the piano ought to be called a mechanical device and the organ a pneumatic device.
The MARTENOT is an electronic instrument since electrons play the role of reed with wind instruments or of string with bow instruments.
The MARTENOT uses it, but micro-intervals remain available whether with the ring, whose vocal playing is truly original or with the expressive keyboard (vibrato can be changed instantly, the same as with strings).
martenot.fr /article.php3?id_article=56   (474 words)

 MESSIAEN Turangalila Symphony. L'Ascension. Polish NRSO/Wit (Naxos) - INKPOT
Sistine Martenot, sister of the inventor of the ondes Martenot, Maurice.
The reason for its endurance, not including its potentially fascinating variations of sound and timbre, has to be attributed to the composers who wrote important works for it - much in the same way that the basset horn, for a time, was kept alive by the music of Mozart.
The sound of the ondes Martenot is an eerily piercing wail; in some ways artificial and inhuman, in other ways mysterious and fascinating.
inkpot.com /classical/messtura_naxos.html   (1154 words)

 The Ondes-Martenot
His aim was to produce a versatile electronic instrument that was immediately familiar to orchestral musicians.
The Ondes-Martenot became the first succesfull electronic instrument and the only one of its generation that is still used by orchestras today, Martenot himself became, 20 years after its invention, a professor at the Paris Conservatoire teaching lessons in the Ondes-Martenot.
The instrument also had a bank of expression keys that allowed the player to change the timbre and character of the sounds.
www.keyboardmuseum.org /pre60/1920/ondes.html   (176 words)

 EMF Institute: Ondes Martenot
Designed and built in 1928 in France by Maurice Martenot, the Ondes Martenot (Martenot Waves) was used by Oliver Messiaen, Darius Milhaud, Edgard Varèse, Pierre Boulez, and other well-known composers.
In its most recognizable form, it was a keyboard instrument with some unusual performance features, among them a finger-ring attached to a ribbon that could be pulled to achieve portamento and other pitch-bending effects, a lever located under the keyboard to control timbral change, and a loudness controller to the left of the keyboard.
The photo at the left shows an Ondes Martenot.
emfinstitute.emf.org /exhibits/ondesmartenot.html   (93 words)

 Ondes Martenot - Kursus Godfried-Willem Raes
De beroemdste bespeler van de Ondes is (was?) beslist Jeanne Loriod, die het gros der komposities voor het instrument uit de periode 1935-1970 in premiere bracht.
De werking van de Ondes Martenot is in principe volkomen indentiek aan die van de Thérémin.
Maar, ook dat was geen ‘uitvinding’ aangezien deze truuk reeds vele jaren eerder, zij het zonder veel sukses werd toegepast in grammofoons.
www.logosfoundation.org /kursus/4008.html   (644 words)

 Ondes Martenot Information
The Ondes Martenot ("Martenot waves"; also known as the Ondium Martenot, Martenot and Ondes musicales) is an early electronic musical instrument with a keyboard and slide invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, and originally very similar in sound to the Theremin.
Bohuslav Martinů authorized the adaptation of his "Fantasie" to the use of the Ondes Martenot when it proved difficult to perform on the Theremin, for which it was originally written.
A first integration of the Ondes Martenot into popular music was achieved in the Quebec musical scene.
www.bookrags.com /Ondes_Martenot   (453 words)

 Catch a wave (Metro Times Detroit)
On April 20, 1928, Martenot unveiled his invention when he premiered Greek composer Dimitrios Levidis' haunted Poème symphonique at the Paris Opera; less than three months later Loriod was born in Houilles, just west of Paris.
Messiaen appreciated the innate sonic possibilities of the ondes, characterizing what emanated from its loudspeakers as the "impalpable sounds of dream." Specifically for Jeanne, he included a trio of ondes parts in his opera Saint François d'Assise.
Ultimately, her repertoire ballooned to 300 pieces with concertante parts for ondes, 250 chamber works, and 15 concertos, not forgetting her ondes contributions to Maurice Jarre's soundtracks for the films Lawrence of Arabia and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
www.metrotimes.com /editorial/story.asp?id=2846   (530 words)

 Electronic musical instrument Summary
As interesting as the new sounds of the theremin and the ondes martenot were, there existed an unfulfilled need to create electric instruments that duplicated the sounds of traditional acoustic instruments.
This was followed in 1928 by the Ondes Martenot which had a keyboard as well as several auxiliary controllers.
However, these were not true synthesizers in the modern sense, as they were not configurable to produce a range of complex sounds by additive or subtractive synthesis, instead generating single pure tones with controllable pitch, amplitude and vibrato.
www.bookrags.com /Electronic_musical_instrument   (1586 words)

 The Ondes Martenot
The ondes martenot, the invention of Maurice Martenot (1898-1980), is an electric instrument with a seven-octave keyboard; it produces sound, through loudspeakers, using two high-frequency oscillators.
Jeanne Loriod joined the class of Maurice Martenot at the Conservatoire just after it was opened in 1947, winning a première médaille, and in 1950 she became a member of the ondes-martenot quartet founded by Ginette.
It has become one of modern music's legends that the important ondes martenot solo in Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony (1946-48) was written for Jeanne Loriod; in fact, it was first performed by Ginette Martenot, but Loriod made the part her own: she recorded the work no fewer than six times.
www.powell-pressburger.org /Reviews/48_TRS/TRS18.html   (550 words)

 Analogue Systems French Connection
Given that it was an early electronic instrument, the Ondes Martenot was singularly playable, so it's not surprising that composers such as Barry Gray (see the box on the penultimate page of this article) continued to experiment with it throughout the '50s, '60s and 70s.
On a well-adjusted Ondes Martenot, the semitone positions of the ring - which were, of course, evenly spaced along the fingerboard - corresponded to the keys on the keyboard behind it.
The Ondes Martenot played a significant role In this, and it proved to be so successful that Gray went on to use it on many filmscores, including Fahrenheit 451, Dr Who and The Daleks, and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun.
www.analoguesystems.co.uk /Reviews/fconnection_review.htm   (3339 words)

 Default index.htm
Here is a page that explores - mostly through archival photos - the simultaneous development and presentation of the ondes Martenot and the theremin by their respective inventors: Maurice Martenot and Leon Theremin.
In recent years there has been a renewal of interest in the “theremin cello”, one of the five musical instruments invented in the early 20th century by Leon Theremin (the other four being the theremin, the theremin keyboard, the rhythmicon and the terpsitone).
As a portamento instrument, it is related (at least in spirit) to the theremin, and to such instruments as the ondes Martenot and the now obsolete Hellertion.
www.peterpringle.com /pg1.html   (881 words)

 Ondes Martenot
Maurice Martenot, a cellist and radio telegraphist, met Leon Theremin in 1923 which lead Martenot to design an electronic instrument.
The first model was patented on the 2nd of April 1928.
One function allows for a wide glissando where the player moves a finger ring attached to the metal ribbon which controls the frequency.
www.beautyinmusic.com /instument_pages/inst_ondesmartenot.htm   (102 words)

 classical music - andante - music for ondes martenot and guitar
Perhaps in itself this was a theory worth proving once and for all; it's impossible to imagine the chance could exist under any other circumstances, and here one heard more music for this antique curiosity than a lifetime of concertgoing is likely to provide.
Producing sound in a process similar to that of the Theremin, the ondes Martenot uses a pair of oscillators manipulated with a keyboard and left-hand controls.
One of the festival's featured composer/performers, Takashi Harada (heard here with talented pianist Hiroko Sakurazawa), has written hundreds of works for ondes Martenot, two of which were given their U.S. premiere at this concert.
www.andante.com /article/article.cfm?id=16346   (863 words)

 Jeanne Loriod's Last Interview
Generally, the first thing that people tell you about the Ondes Martenot, is that it's an old instrument that uses electricity: these are its least important characteristics, because they reduce the invention to a simple link in the evolution of electronic instruments, from their prehistory all the way up to...
The first time that I heard the Ondes Martenot, I was 15 years old, it was in a recording of the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Messiaen.
Loriod, the greatest Ondes Martenot player in the world (it was she who played on the famous recording of the Turangalîla-Symphonie).
www.quicksilvershapeshifter.com /jjinterview.html   (2012 words)

 News | TimesDaily.com | TimesDaily | Florence, Alabama (AL)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Many of these works were written for his sister-in-law, Jeanne Loriod, who was the professor of Ondes Martenot at the Paris Conservatory for many years.
The ondes Martenot was also utilized by Bryan Ferry, in 1999, on the album As Time Goes By, and by Joe Jackson on his 1994 album Night Music.
Prominent ondes Martenot composers and performers have included Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Yann Tiersen, Jeanne Loriod, Thomas Bloch, Christine Ott, Jonny Greenwood, Elmer Bernstein and Jacques Tchamkerten.
www.timesdaily.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Ondes_Martenot   (675 words)

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It was one of the first electric instruments in the world and the only one of that time to have given rise to a vast repertoire and to be still played today.
Maurice MARTENOT was also a cellist and the inventor, with his sister, of a method of artistical education.
Seven successive specimens made by Maurice MARTENOT were born, each one bringing innovations.
www.chez.com /thomasbloch/engONDES.htm   (407 words)

 CBC.ca Arts - Rare instrument highlight of Halifax concert
"Many people the think that the ondes martenot is the ancestor of the synthesizer, but I would say it is a more precocious cousin," said Montreal conductor Jean Laurendau, who has been playing the instrument for more than 45 years and authored a book on Martenot.
There are only about 100 ondes martenot players worldwide, most likely because Martenot was not interested in marketing his creation, Laurendeau said.
The ondes martenot will take centre stage Sunday afternoon, when an orchestra of international musicians tackles the Turangalila Symphonie for the 25th anniversary of the Scotia Festival of Music.
www.cbc.ca /arts/story/2004/06/11/ondesmartenot040611.html   (1307 words)

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