PIERRE BASTIEN – SIX INSTALLATIONS (ENG)

 

 

MECANIUM / PLAY MECCANO PLAY
A MECHANICAL ORCHESTRA
MECANOLOGY

SOUL
PAPER ORCHESTRA
MECANOID

 


 
 
 

MECANIUM / PLAY MECCANO PLAY

 
PLAY MECCANO PLAY is an ensemble of 16 musical robots made out of Meccano parts, electro-motors and musical instruments from Europe, Africa, Asia and America. The orchestra plays a 5mn composition in a loop, starting with the string section followed by several solos and duets and trios until the percussive tutti at the end.
 
 
 

Technical requests: – a pedestal 8 m x 6 m, 60 to 80 cm high, placed along a clear wall, with a gap of 50 cm between the pedestal and the wall – obscurity – 2 x 220 V / 15 A power socket – 2 active speakers, 2 x 60 W, JBL Control 2P or Yamaha MSP5 type Shipping: 5 boxes, 120 kg
Set up period = 2 days

 
 

 

 

A MECHANICAL ORCHESTRA

Same type of installation, with different instruments.

 

 

Same technical requests, as previous
Shipping : 8 boxes, 120 kg.

 

 


 

 

MECANOLOGY

An ensemble of 8 musical robots made out of Meccano parts, electro-motors and daily life objects: a teapot, a comb, some toothbrushes, an ashtray, some plastic bottles, a letter-scale and a hammer. The robots make the objects sounding and playing a lively rhythmical composition.

 

 

Technical requests: – a podium, 6 m x 4 m, 60 to 80 cm high placed along a wall, with a gap of 50 cm between the podium and the wall. – 220 V power socket. – a slide projector or a video projector or a didolight projector on a tripod or small pedestal in front of the podium. – 2 active loudspeakers, 2 x 60 W, JBL Control 2P or Yamaha MSP5 type. Shipping: 1 box, 20 kg
Set up period = 1 day.

 

 


 

 

SOUL

SOUL has a video projection in the background, and a sound sculpture in the foreground.  The sound sculpture is made of a record player that samples the voice of one of the best soul singer ever. This record player does not turn only a 7-inch record, but also a flute ensemble slowly rotating over a ventilator that plays the pipes in a ghostly melody.  The ensemble has its moving shadow cast on the screen, where an African string instrument comes and vanishes in a 3 min loop, backing the voice of one of the best blues singer ever. With its black and blue atmosphere the whole automatic orchestra pays homage to the Great Black Music.

 

 

Technical requests: – a podium or a pedestal, 40 cm high, 2 m x 1 m. – 2 x 220 V power socket. – a screen or a clear wall for the projection (see sketch). – a DVD player. – a video projector. – 2 active speakers, 2 x 60 W, JBL Control 2P or Yamaha MSP5 type. Shipping: 1 parcel, 12 kg
Set up period = 1 day

 

 


 

 

PAPER ORCHESTRA

Paper is the central element of this automatic fourteen-pieces orchestra. Using seven blowers/bellows and as many fans, it rustles, rattles, dances and amplifies the sounds. Five paper drums–Irish bodhran , tambourine and Moroccan bendir —introduce the composition. They bear a stripe of paper glued to the actual membrane. Under the effect of the fans, the paper beats the drums and improvises unpredictable rhythms. Six paper organs join the drums and play their harmonic suite until the tutti- the whole orchestra-which closes the first part of the composition. The music starts up again with the rain of paper made with a sheet of paper cut into strips, moved by a fan. Spinning slowly above a blower/ bellows, the paper flutes add their ghostly melody to this rain, swept from time to time by paper snakes: a large bolt of paper cut out and moved by the air from a tangential blower/bellows whose ends twist and clatter on an amplified plank.

 

 

Technical requests: – a podium, 6 m x 4 m, 60 to 80 cm high, placed along a clear wall, with a 50 cm gap between the podium and the wall.  – 2 x 220 V power socket. – 2 active speakers, 2 x 60 W , JBL Control 2P or Yamaha MSP5 type. Shipping: 2 boxes, 45 kg.
Set up period = 2 days

 

 


 

 

MECANOID

A complete orchestra shaped into one rectangular machine. The machine has six percussive, melodic and harmonic functions. Between the visitors and the machine, a light source is projecting the shadow of the mechanisms on the wall, in a big scale, filling the room entirely with the changing sounds and moving image of the kinetic sculpture.

 

 

Technical requests: – one pedestal, 2m x 1m, 60 to 80 cm high. – obscurity. – 1 video projector, or a powerful (400 W) slide projector. – 2 x 220 V power socket. – 2 active loudspeakers, 2 x 60 W, JBL Control 2P or Yamaha MSP5 type. Shipping : 1 box, 15 kg
Set up period = 1 day

 


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