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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BacchusPaul wrote:
Does an ondes martenot actually have keys? I thought it had like a map sort of thing underneath the sliding wire/bar so that the player could easily find pitches. I've never seen one, though.

There's one in Messaien's Turangalia Symphony. I haven't listened to that in a while. I think I will tonight.



It has both a slider and piano keys. Pedals too, I think those are just for volume control, but I'm not sure since there's two of them. Sustain, maybe? I have no idea what the lute-like thing on the speaker does.
Here's a pic from Wikipedia. It's hard to see the slider but you can just barely see the brown "knob" right in front of the keyboard.

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

astro wrote:
I might be wrong, but I think the original Star Trek melody is actually sung by human, but inspired by the theremin sound.

I think the Beach Boys actually did use a Theremin in the recording studio, but live they used an "electro-theremin" (LANK), which is like the Ondes Martenot but with just the sliding mechanism and no piano style keys.


right, now i've been throughly SCHOOL'D i'm off to stand in the corner.
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