Saturday, February 17, 2007

Pierre Bastien-Mecanium,LP,1988,France

Pierre Bastien (born 1953 in Paris) is a French musician, composer, and instrument builder. He began building mechanical-based musical instruments at an early age, using items such as metronomes, cymbals, and pulleys. In 1977 he began collaborating with Pascal Comelade and composing music for dance companies. He performed in ensembles such as Operation Rhino, Nu Creative Methods, and Effectifs de Profil.
In 1986 he formed his own orchestra, Mecanium, comprised of Meccano machines which play various instruments, such as Chinese lute, Morrocan bendir, Javanese saron, koto, and violin. These machines were often driven by the rotation of old turntables. By the 1990s Mecanium consisted of up to 80 machine 'musicians', and toured various art and music festivals, including events in Norway, Australia, Japan, Canada, Poland, and the United States.
Bastien has collaborated with artists such as Robert Wyatt, Jac Berrocal, Jaki Liebezeit, Pierrick Sorin, and Issey Miyake. He has released material on record labels such as Lowlands, Rephlex, Tigersushi, and Alga Marghen. He has also completed a doctorate on 18th century French literature, his thesis being on pre-surrealist Raymond Roussel.
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Anonymous said...

This is a lovely album.

Rick K.

L* said...

pierre bastien, also a member or pascal comelade's bel canto orquestra, is really a killer on this one! i get a chicken-skin, whenever i hear these odd sounds - wonderful, mr. mutant.


Shane said...

I love this guy. This music is so otherworldly and beautiful. I really can't get enough of this kind of thing. It's great when the actual sounds rise above anything that might be considered novelty, and I think this music easily does that.

I didn't have this one, so thanks a bunch!

Greg Sinora said...

This is incredible, beautiful in fact. Thank you thank you thank you. x

Justin said...

Haven't heard this yet, but have been enjoying an LP called - Roger Winfield - Windsongs The Sound of Aeolian Harps (1991). Rodger Winfield has built giant harps which pick up the sound of wind. The effect is quite ambient & lovely. Will gladly try this exotic bit you're sharing here. Thanks.