UK-based ondes Martenot player
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The Amazing Sounds of Orgy

 The Amazing Sounds of Orgy

A video-cover of a Radiohead song, by Joe Edelmann, Taka, and myself.

Fans of Radiohead are already aware of the ondes Martenot as Jonny Greenwood has been a significant ambassador for the instrument since ‘Kid A’ came out in 2000. The ondes has featured prominently in Radiohead’s discography, and it is how lots of people today are aware of the instrument.

Taka, a Japanese musician known as ‘Fluffy Momo’ on YouTube, has been making near-perfect covers of Radiohead songs and sounds for years, and has recently been teaming up with Joe Edelmann, based in America, to collaborate over the internet in an ongoing series of covers. I’ve been in touch with Taka for years since our friendship began with the announcement of ASADEN’s Ondomo; a travel-friendly, digital version of the ondes Martenot. Recently, we started talking about working together, and decided, along with Joe, to have a go at an obscure Radiohead B-Side called ‘The Amazing Sounds of Orgy’.

When Radiohead play this song live, Jonny loops his playing to build harmonies and different points throughout the song. I did the same thing here, but each ‘layer’ was recorded individually so Taka could mix them with more freedom than if it were all one take. You can hear the ondes layers placed in different parts of the stereo image, and you can see that some shots of me playing the ondes are visually layered over each other - a great idea from Taka!

This project was a great testament to the power of remote recording! Taka and Joe have been collaborating over the internet for a while now, and it was great fun to join them, making music in Japan, America, and England together. If you’re interested in having me record some ondes Martenot parts for your project, wherever you are in the world, head to my recording page!