Still another factor is the consistent application of specific instruments, like the ondes martenot
(a keyboard that vaguely simulates a human voice, used most famously in the theme to the TV show Star Trek).
Steven Osborne was also at Symphony Hall as pianist, Cynthia Millar adept at the Ondes Martenot
, in a heady account of Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie, Sakari Oramo (who really cut many of his teeth during his time here with the CBSO) conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra which he has done so much to revitalise.
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Its varied, sometimes eerie sonorities (nine decades after its invention, the ondes Martenot
, an early electronic instrument, still registers as spooky and strange); its almost frighteningly propulsive martial entr'acte; its occasional spells of tender lyricism (the doomed lovers' Act III duet is a prime example).
110), and use of the ondes Martenot
are all evident.
: Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Circus, Birmingham.
Her new featurelength documentary, Wavemakers, traces the invention and development of the Ondes Martenot
, an under-recognized link within the history of electronic music.
Sa'id purposefully uses monophonic sounds, the kind generated by early electronic instruments--the theremin, the ondes Martenot
, and analog synths.
Among the odder instruments it's scored for is the ondes Martenot
, a 1928 electronic musical instrument that uses some of the same technology as the somewhat better-known theramin (famous for its space alien sounds in hundreds of sci-fi flicks).
Tiersen's music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot
, harpsichord and typewriter.
Researching the weird and wonderful instrument, made up of 54 specially-tuned glass rods, led Hawley on to other leftfield instruments such as the ondes Martenot
(a very early electronic instrument), the glass harmonica, which sounds like rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a crystal glass, and Tibetan singing bowls.
There he studied under, among others, Arthur Honegger and Joseph Martenot, inventor of the electronic Ondes Martenot
beloved of Olivier Messiaen.