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Sculpting music with the ondes martenot

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Alison Hird

From Olivier Messiaen to Radiohead, many musicians have been inspired by the ondes martenot. Often described as the prequel to the synthesiser, the electronic keyboard can produce a huge range of fascinating sounds – from the soothing to the sinister – yet the instrument itself remains somewhat marginal and misunderstood. Ondiste Christine Ott is determined to change that.

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This edition of World Tracks was first broadcast in January 2010. To read the full article in our archives, click here.

 

In a new feature, Daniel Brown names World Tracks top ten for the month. Keep listening to RFI and you should hear them on our airwaves:
1) Live, Vieux Farka Touré (Six Degrees Records), Mali.
2) Jamm, Cheikh Lo (World Circuit), Senegal.
3) The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru, (Crammed Discs), Peru.
4) Cantendia a Deus, Elena Ledda (Sard Records), Sardinia.
5) Baba Toulenga : In My Father’s Shadow, Diom De Kossa (Talik Records), Côte d’Ivoire/Norway.      
6) Swazi Soul, Bholoja (Sheer Sound), Swaziland.
7) Sin Rumba no hay Son!, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro (World Village), Cuba.
8) The Sound Of Famara, Famara (N-Gage Productions), Switzerland.
9) La Bodega, Toto La Momposina (Astar), Colombia.
10) Smod, Smod, (Because Music), Mali.

 

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