UK-based ondes Martenot player

thesis recurring

A minute-long composition by Simeon Walker for piano & ondes Martenot.

 Thesis Recurring

A minute-long composition by Simeon Walker for piano & ondes Martenot

Leeds-based pianist and composer, Simeon Walker, approached me in July 2019 to provide some ondes Martenot for a piece of music he was working on for Thesis Recurring, an offshoot of Gregory Euclide's inspiring Thesis Project. Gregory is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley, and has had his work featured in countless exhibitors, publications, as well Bon Iver’s eponymous record and Simeon’s own record, ‘Mono’.

Thesis Recurring is a rapidly growing collection of one-minute loops set to still images, available on Instagram and in a dedicated app here.

The piece that Simeon wrote for Thesis Recurring manages to be tender and frantic at the same time, and Gregory paired it well with a still image of water with the sun reflecting off the surface. There are four ondes Martenot parts, three of them using the métallique exclusively. Simeon then processed those three recordings to provide an ambient bed to support the piano. The main ondes line appears towards the end of the short piece, and acts as a gentle closing gesture.

This little piece is very special, and the whole project is wonderful. I’m very pleased to have contributed some sounds to this. Check out Thesis Recurring on Instagram, and download the app here.

Josh turned something around incredibly quickly for me. He did exactly what I was looking for and sent it to me very helpfully and efficiently.

I’m grateful for the way in which Josh conveyed his passion for playing the ondes. It’s great to work with people who care about what they do. I’m very much looking forward to working with him again in the future.
— Simeon W.
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