What is "La Marquise" ?
A MODULAR SYNTHETISER put into a wooden hand crafted lute from space.
The main inspiration that made me believe it was possible to make my own instrument is the MODULIN by Martin Molin (Wintergatan).
Inspired by other various eclectic electronic instruments like the "Theremin" and the "Ondes Martenot", "La Marquise" takes the analog sound of pure electronic waves (sine, square, saw) and let the player modulate them with SENSORS : a ribbon controler and 3 FSRs (Force Sensitive Resistors).
HOW WAS IT CRAFTED ?
The front of the instrument is made out of walnut wood.
It's not a painting palette !
The back is olive ash wood. Thick and creamy.
The white key marks (fingerboard) are made out of basswood.
The dark ones are rosewood.
The neck is basswood, ready to be filled by the ribbon controler.
All fits to the millimeter !
The making of the cavities to welcome the synth modules and an external battery !
All fit to the millimeter again !
Body and neck gluing !
We're near the end !
They got magnets !
Wooden plates to close the back cavities.
Finally puting all the electronic into the wood !
Synth modules, the 3 pressure sensors and the ribbon controler.