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What magical, pre-war accents they have.
When he lifted the lid my knees got weak.
Oh awesome. I have a sneaking suspicion that I've heard one of those sounds in a Marx Bros. movie.
It's a fun instrument. It was used in Messiaen's, Turangalīla-Symphonie, and is sometimes used as a substitute for the Theramin - which is somewhat related to the Ondes.
You also would have heard this on the Ghostbusters soundtrack.
This is a fantastic demonstration:
I believe Radiohead use one on In rainbows (forget the track name tho!)
This video is the best btw!
Actually using the favourite system here for the 1st time for this video
So that's where the Futurama character name came from.
The Ondes Martenot is great. Featured in the score for the "metal bikini girl on a dragon" sequence from Heavy Metal.