DIY Ondes Martenot

The Ondes Martenot is a very early electronic keyboard instrument that was used by many composers, notably Olivier Messiaen (Turangalîla-Symphonie) Edgard Varèse, Darius Milhaud, Giacinto Scelsi, and Pierre Boulez and, ok…fine, Radiohead.

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This is the third video by Dana Countryman documenting the creating and use of his amazing synth DIY project – an Ondes Martenot.

The Ondes Martenot is a unique musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot and originally very similar in sound to the theremin.

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In this video, I show the left-hand volume control, and give an overview of the entire system.

At the end, I play “Ave Maria” on the instrument, live in my studio.

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Don’t miss the previous two videos, Building An Ondes Martenot & Dana Countryman’s Ondes Martenot Ring Controller Project.

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