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 this new record released by Discrepant, 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, Novi Sad, October 8, 2016.
Read an interview from 2015 with Pierre Bastien by The Attic, HERE.
A side - QUIET MOTORS
A1- May Yam (0'00-5'40)
A2- Elastic, It’s Ale (5'40-10'40)
A3- Moody Doom (10'40-13'40)
A4- Trapeze Part (13'40-16'15)
A5- Avid Diva (16'15-18'45)
B side - FRANTIC MOTORS
B1- Retool a Looter (0'00-6'00)
B2 -Romanian In Amor (6'00-12'00)
B3- Wedded Dew (12'00-17'30)