The Moog Claravox Centennial is a new theremin that’s designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the theremin and named to honor the first theremin virtuosa, Clara Rockmore.
Grégoire composed this special piece after finding inspiration in his surroundings during a visit to the Old Port of La Rochelle, France, which is featured in the video.
Blanc pairs the Claravox Centenial theremin with an Onde by La Voix du Luthier. The Onde is not a traditional speaker, it is a resonator, designed in the tradition of the diffuseurs of French instrument designer Maurice Martenot. Martenot is known for the Ondes Martenot electronic instrument, and to amplify it, he created a system of three diffuseurs, each of which was designed to add a different type of acoustic resonance to the electronic sound.
The Onde is not intended to transparently amplify your sounds – it’s designed to resonate like traditional acoustic instruments and impart these acoustic resonances to your electronically generated sounds.