12. October 2007

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Pierre Bastien “Play Meccano Play”

Pierre Bastien (F): self-made recording gadgets, paper drums and organs, rhythm devices, harmonium players, rotating flutes and string instruments, sound robots, film projectors, etc.

A mechanized ensemble—futuristic, a little Dadaistic, and amazingly playing sensual, hypnotizing music: Pierre Bastien’s “Mecanium” made of hybrid sound sculptures is a kind of daydream he has been following since 1976. His orchestra’s musicians are machines, arranged, animated and conducted on a table stage.

“On my desk, I gather several machines: the automatic recorder, the paper drum, the harmonium players, the robot-like rhythm device, the paper snake and paper organ, the rotating flutes and circling trumpets. They are filmed by a camcorder for a real-time projection on a big screen. During the performance I am constantly on the move: I am a musician playing the robots, a mechanic exchanging parts, regulating paces and changing transmissions, a sound technician mixing sounds and adjusting volumes, and a film director shooting a musical film about the whole performance.” This is how Pierre Bastien describes his performance with the “Mecanium”, an orchestra of pieces of meccano metal construction kits and acoustic instruments of different origins he is going to present in Krems.

In the 1980s, Pierre Bastien played with Pascal Comelade in the Belcanto Orchestra, worked at several music projects (with Robert Wyatt or Issey Miyake, among others), produced theater plays and studied 18th century literature at Sorbonne University.

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