Perhaps one of the most mysterious musical instruments of all time, the Ondes Martenot or Martenot Waves was designed by Maurice Martenot in 1928. The original, unreliable tube design was refined and later models remained in production until 1988. An interesting overview of the tools can be found on Youtube. Waves Martenot has been used in numerous film scores since 1931; One Shostakovich, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Ghostbusters (1984), A Trip to India (1984), to the contemporary films Amelie (2001) and Oil (2007) by composer Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead. Thomas Bloch is perhaps the most famous musician playing this instrument around the world; when great musicians and producers are inspired by the sound of Martenot Waves, they often turn to it. Radiohead, Tom Waits and Damon Albarn have all worked with him. So we knew Thomas was the only person who could help us recreate this mesmerizing instrument ... The instrument generates sound using oscillators just like a conventional analog synthesizer, but with its unusual control methods that give the instrument its unique character. The most famous is the metal ring worn on the finger of the right hand. The ring is not used when playing the keyboard, like the ribbon controllers we are used to. When the Ondes is switched to "ring mode" the ring becomes the only means of determining the pitch, a very clever technique, in particular if you want to reproduce any sound at all, you must simultaneously operate a transparent, diamond-shaped device known as a touche d'intensité. .. Touche d'intensité is a large button in the drawer of the instrument that, by pressing and tapping, produces the tone of the instrument, in fact, it controls the volume envelope of the instrument. Touche d'intensité is operated with the left hand, while the musician uses the ring or keyboard to get the melody. Next to the touche d'intensité are several switches and dials that control the oscillators and create the tone of the notes - as well as the signals sent to the three loudspeakers
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