#6tags — Pierre Bastien

  1. #mechanicalorchestra
  2. #oddatmospherics
  3. #earlyAImusic
  4. #machinesplayitwithfeeling
  5. #mechanicalnotelectronic
  6. #experimentsgoneright]

Upon graduating from the Sorbonne with a degree in literature, Parisian-born Pierre Bastien began composing music for ballet and string quartet. While penning a ballet, his strong predilection for experimental music led him to try his first “Meccano” instrument: a turntable motor, cymbal and Meccano erector set.

Since then, he’s built dozens of Meccano "musicians," each one playing its own instrument (e.g., Yugoslavian mandolin, Senegalese kora, Moroccan rebab) and composed symphonies for his erector set orchestras.

The sound he elicits from these “mechanorchestras” is remarkable — and astonishingly human. While there’s some natural repetition in the music, thanks to slight variations in the…well…mechanics, of these players, the music is entrancing without sounding robotic. It’s like nothing else we’ve heard.

It’s thanks to artists like Pierre Bastien that Conduit was conceived. He’s built a well-regarded reputation in modern classical and experimental music circles, but outside of that is largely unknown.

We don’t expect Bastien’s music to make the charts, or the cover of Rolling Stone, but that doesn’t make him not worth knowing about. (Who doesn’t want to know about a guy who builds orchestras from erector sets?) Conduit’s here to shine the light on those out of the way places that the mainstream services ignore or just don’t see.

[Reason #61 for Why You Should Try Conduit:

We have music played by erector set orchestras.

Try 10 Sets for FREE and hear the Conduit difference for yourself.]