Wavemakers

Director Caroline Martel
Genre Documentary
Runtime 97 minutes
Supplier Productions Artifact

Synopsis

Wavemakers pursues the legacy of an electronic musical instrument as fragile as it is magical: the Ondes Martenot. The Martenot is indeed so sensitive, so expressive, that nearly a century after its invention, musicians, artisans and scientists are still trying to unravel its secrets. Among them are the inventor's son, Jean-Louis Martenot, Suzanne Binet-Audet, the "Jimi Hendrix of the Martenot", and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Integrating vérité, never-before-seen archival material and an entrancing soundtrack, this feature documentary explores the origins and workings of the Martenot, and draws us inexorably into its spell. A modern-day story set against a historical background, Wavemakers is a journey into the very heart of the mystery of music.

With Wavemakers, Caroline Martel returns with the signature approach that turned her first feature doc about telephone operators into a "non-stop visual and intellectual stimulation... an enormously creative documentary." (Variety). She pursues her fascination with culture and technology, using her distinctive blend of humanism, lyricism and experimentation.


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