24/08/2022 48' 33''
Ondes Martenot

In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music).

A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do.

In PROBES #34 a sequence of new, purely electronic, instruments appear – amongst them (the) electrophon, kurbelspharophon, ondes Martenot, dynophone, croix sonore, pianorad, trautonium and mixtur trautonium – none having any obvious place in the existing vocabulary of musics. In parallel an alien aesthetic begins to redefine the parameters of ‘musical’ sound.

Musical references

01 Gregorio Paniagua, ‘Anakrousis’, 1978
02  Great organ of Notre-Dame, out of tune
03  The Order of Bobs, ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’
04  Jörg Mager, ‘Stärker als Paragraphen’, soundtrack (excerpt), 1936
05  Nathalie Forget and Imsu Choi play Ondes Martenot and Metallique
06  Nathalie Forget and Imsu Choi play Ondes Martenot and Palme
07  Nathalie Forget and Imsu Choi play Ondes Martenot and Resonance
08  Olivier Messiaen, ‘Chant D’Amour’ (excerpt), 1948
09  Arthur Honegger, soundtrack for Berthold Bartosch’s ‘L’Idée’ (excerpt), 1932
10  Richard Rodney Bennett, ‘Anya’, 1967
11  Jonny Greenwood, ‘Smear’ (excerpt), 1996
12  Barry Gray, ‘Fireball XL5’ title theme (excerpt), 1962
13 Harald Genzmer, ‘Concerto for Mixtur Trautonium and Orchestra’ (excerpt), 1952
14  Aaaeeeiiiooouuu
15  Paul Hindemith, ‘Des kleinen Elektromusikers Lieblinge’ (excerpts), 1930. Performed by Oskar Sala (1977)
16  Paul Hindemith, ‘Langsames stück und Rondo, für Trautonium’ (excerpts),1935. Performed by Oskar Sala
17  Oskar Sala, ‘Crows/School, Birds Atllack/After Explosion, The End’ (excerpts) 1963
18  Harald Genzmer, ‘Suite des Danses pour Instruments Électroniques. Ostinato Accelerando’ (excerpt) 1958, performed by Peter Pichler
19  Joe Pantano, demo (excerpt)
20  Gregorio Paniagua, ‘Anakrousis’, 1978

Curated by Chris Cutler
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