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The ondes Martenot is a musical instrument invented by Maurice Martenot, a cellist and wartime radio operator from France. After almost ten years of work on his initial instrument, the second model was presented at the Paris Opera in May, 1928. It consisted only of a volume control and cabinet, from which extended a string that terminated in a ring. This wire and ring, worn on the right hand, controlled a pulley system that determined the pitch of the tone produced by the instrument's oscillators.
The ondes Martenot went through several iterations over the following decades, each one significant in different ways. The Mk. 3 was the first to feature a keyboard; unplayable and used only for reference for the string and ring, known respectively as le ruban and le bague. Subsequent models featured a playable keyboard or clavier that was suspended in such a way that it could move slightly from side to side, allowing vibrato. The volume control, or touche d’intensité, controlled by the left hand, resides in a drawer, or tiroir, along with switches for the various tones and outputs of the instrument. The Mk. 7, built in 1974, brought with it the transistorisation of the instrument, which had, until then, relied on vacuum tubes or 'valves' to produce its various tones, much like the radios that Martenot used in the war.
I have been passionately interested in the ondes Martenot for years, and it has had a profound effect on my life and my relationship with music. I am working hard to bring it to people in new and different ways, and to make it accessible to people like never before. If you want to know more, get in touch!