Website Updated, August 2017
The website is updated after a long while and I hopefully will be more active again. A lot of ideas where made however during the past months without planning out something specific. I have been searching new things for the studio as well - activity in other ways, people don't see or hear but is often the heart of everything! I found a few new signal processors and some other stuff. Hunting..
Another thing would be; I've met with Chris Maene because of a family meeting at his place (he is the father of my bro in law). So.. it wasn't the Ondes Martenot (when we talked) but it is the Ondioline (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondioline). Both have a speaker wich must've been the confusion. They are yes, similar and I was equally impressed! The Ondioline is one of the first synths ever built roughly speaking, invented in 1941 by the Frenchman Georges Jenny, and is a forerunner of today's synthesizers. Robert Moog was a pioneer and his modular stuff came to be around 1964. Truly an honour to see it!! Sadly it is in very rough condition and should be serviced but Chris wants to keep it as a museum piece. I can understand it but it took me a couple of weeks to get it haha.. I am a musician you know, this thing should be played and making drones with it..for hundreds of people to enjoy if not safe a few souls with the music but that’s but a personal opinion and my own emotion on this. Again I understand..
Much congratulations to Chris. A very impressive museum. A work covering decades of work and passion..
The Horror Waterphone, September 2016
Me and my Father made another Waterphone a while back but this new one is much better. Materials are bronze and copper. The welding was difficult: the materials are hard to weld well together unlike stainless steel. The waiting is rewarding though. The sound is rather cinematic and I often miss the deep long tones that can sound like a horn (Listen to the Megabass Waterphone for example). My echo has a shorter decay but in some way warmer, simply put it sounds different..two different waterphones. The echo grows a lot though when bowing all rods simultaneously and repeatedly. The instrument has quite a weight but it is a lush studio instrument!
Some waterharps are called the 'The Whaler', 'The Megabass', 'Orca' etc. I decided to call this one 'The Horror Waterphone' because simply that is how it sounds, ha! A Waterphone is known to sound eerie allready but you get the idea.
Thank you Richard Waters, inventor of the Waterphone, true honour to play the waterphone..Thank you.
(Richard Waters - Sept. 9, 1935 - July 4, 2013)