Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Home Made Ondes Martenot MIDI Controller (And Performance)

A truly fantastic idea here from an amateur instrument builder from Japan.

For those who don't know, an Ondes Martenot is an early electronic musical instrument that, as well as having a keyboard, had a ring that could be moved backwards and forwards along the instrument on a string, allowing for a very expressive performance.

This particular version uses an Arduino microcontroller as a MIDI input, allowing it to control any instrument with pitch bend capability. As I understand it in order for it to be used effectively the receiving device must have a pitch bend range of ±24 semitones. His performance of Saint-Saens' "La Cygne" (The Swan) is towards the end of the video is stunning, and it shows that his talent is by no means limited to electronics.

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