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Thu, Sep 30


The Library Of MusicLandria

Listen to the Onde

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Listen to the Onde

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Sep 30, 2021, 6:30 PM

The Library Of MusicLandria, 922 57th St, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA

About the Event

How do you hear electronic music? It actually ends up being acoustic! Electrical signals get transformed into audible soundwaves generated most often by loudspeakers. Conventional speakers are in everything from earbuds to stadium PAs.

Electronic music doesn’t have to be heard that way, though, because there have been a variety of endeavors to convert electricity into sound, and the La Voix du Luthier Onde is but one — but YOU MUST HEAR IT!

Born of technology begun in the 1920s, the Onde — according to its maker — “gives the sound of a luthier to any electronic musical instrument.” It’s about the size and weight of an acoustic guitar and the sound it generates has a three-dimensional quality because it comes from wood. Read and learn more at

Beginning at 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 30th, you can hear a variety of instruments played through an Onde at MusicLandria. Synthesists David Battino, James Terris, and Mark Vail will perform improvised electronic music and discuss the technology they use. Among the instruments will be an Ondomo (, a 21st century remaking of the rare Ondes Martenot. In Paris in 1928, Frenchman Maurice Martenot (1898-1980) introduced the Ondes Martenot for orchestra and made about 300 of them by hand during his lifetime. He also developed two “diffusers,” or alternative speakers, including the Palme, the forerunner to the Onde.

Come see and hear the fun!


David Battino

David Battino's DIY approach to electronic music began at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he marveled at how technology enables composers to create both the instrument and the music. Although he currently plays synthesizers and homemade electronics, David has also studied piano, voice, shakuhachi, koto, French horn, and Javanese gamelan. He is the founding editor of Music & Computers magazine, the co-author of The Art of Digital Music, and writes the popular "Synth Hacks" column for Waveform magazine. See videos of his original instruments at

James Terris

Originally from Humboldt County, James Terris relocated to San Francisco in 1993. Fascinated by synthesizers and music production from a very young age, he started experimenting with and recording electronic music at 13. Equipped with a small arsenal of synths powered by a Commodore 64 computer, he honed his skills. Over the years he has assisted many well known acts. His prime focus is now sound design and synthesizer programming. He has helped develop and create sounds for many well known companies, among them are Dave Smith/ Sequential, Pioneer DJ, Apple, and Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions.

Mark Vail

Making electronic music since buying his first Minimoog in 1976, Mark Vail has performed at SFO, Golden Gate Park, San Mateo Central Park, Mills College, the Don Buchla Memorial in San Francisco, and Knobcon. He holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (1983), wrote for Keyboard magazine for 15 years, and taught Propellerhead Reason to middle and high school students. He is the author of Vintage Synthesizers, The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B, and The Synthesizer. He’ll have copies of the books for sale at MusicLandria.

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