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Artist: BASTIEN, PIERRE
Title: The Mecanoncentric Worlds of Pierre Bastien
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Discrepant present a magical live recording from the legend that is Pierre Bastien, showcasing his mecanoid orchestra at its intricate best during a performance at Studio M, the historical studio-concert hall of Radio-Television of Vojvodina, Serbia. Around 1986, French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Bastien started creating and building his own orchestra called Mecanium: an ensemble of musical automatons constructed from meccano parts and activated by electro-motors, that "play" on acoustic instruments from all over the world. On The Mecanoncentric Worlds of Pierre Bastien, the Mecanium plays amplified Meccano parts, drums, reeds, rubber bands, paper, nails, and flutes whilst Pierre plays kundi, rubber band, prepared trumpet, video loops, nail violin, and râbab. Recorded live at Studio M on October 8, 2016. All compositions and live mix by Pierre Bastien. Artwork by Stéphane Blanquet." - Discrepant.

Artist: BASTIEN, PIERRE
Title: Blue As An Orange
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Bastien delivers another entry in Morphines increasingly diverse catalog. Active since the mid-70s, Bastien is best known for building automated orchestras. His previous album, Machinations, was released on Aphex Twins Rephlex label in 2012 (REPH 215CD). For this work, Bastien recycled components of his Silent Motors live set and assembled mechanical organisms -- using amplified Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper, and nails -- to generate rhythmic scaffolding. Live instrumentals, created with prepared trumpets, African kundi harp, Javanese rabab, sanza, electric harpsichord, bass, drums, and gongs, were then superimposed on top. But for all their haptic mechanics, the assembled works on Blue As An Orange -- spanning jungled ambience to yellow jazz grooves -- are surprisingly delicate and nuanced, and generously laced with human warmth. As an installation artist, Bastien also captures shifting patterns of light and spatial texture in sound. This LP takes its name from Paul Éluards poem "La terre est bleue," and offers a fresh symbiosis of speculative anthropology and old-world jazz. Produced by Rabih Beaini; mastered by Neel; designed by Tankboys; original cover art by Nathalie du Pasquier." - Morphine.

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