I’m fascinated by early electronic instruments such as the Trautonium and Ondes Martenot and I figured a thread about sharing knowledge about these types of instruments as well as how they inspire some of our setups and artistic processes (and hopefully someone who’s had the experience to play one can pitch in too!)
I’ll walk through some relevant parts of my setup to get the ball rolling:
My main concern is getting an expressivity in my synth playing similar to early electronic instruments and for that I use an A198 ribbon controller and an Expressive E Touché. The Martenot way of delegating dynamics to the left hand and pitch to the right hand has always been confusing to me so I have it reverse. Before the Touché I would use an experssion pedal for dynamics.
Sometimes I will use a fingerpick that I glued a piece of glass onto in order to get less friction for vibrato and slides.
I have a Palme inspired transducer speaker setup that I wrote about in this thread: Exotic speakers
I also have an A113 subharmonic generator in my rack that’s very interesting but I’m still slowly learning to integrate into my overall sound.
What early electronic instruments or techniques are you inspired by? Does the Telharmonic inform your production? Do you make out of tune wailings on the Theremin?