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‘A relic of long-gone possibility’: how Gotye fell in love with a rare, forgotten synth

Delivered... Brigid Delaney | Scene | Tue 16 Jan 2018 6:00 pm

When Wally de Backer first heard the ondioline, an obsession began that took over years of his life

In 1941, a curious electronic instrument was invented that combined the possibility for depth of a horn section and the silliness of a children’s novelty toy. The key was how it was played and cared for – and what you composed for it.

The ondioline was invented by the French poet and musician Georges Jenny. Broadly speaking it’s a synthesiser built on a circuit board that looks like a child’s keyboard. It produces a sort of a blurry, vibrating sound, like music playing in another room.

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I just want to share this thing as widely as possible.

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