Pierre Bastien
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Pierre Bastien

PIERRE BASTIEN [France] ‘Quiet Motors’   2



‘Quiet Motors’


2 June, at midnight | Espaço do Tempo

CE | Ages 12 and over

Duration | 45 – 60 min.


A concert with home-made machines. My sound machines cannot be found in the music shop. I slowly construct them in my studio, with a screw driver and a soldering iron. They don’t hide in a steel case labelled by a Japanese top brand. Instead, they exhibit their mechanisms from the electro motor that activates the wheels and gears, to the final movement that produces the sound. During the concert, they are filmed and projected in real time and on a big screen. The large projection shows every source of sound and magnifies every mechanical activity. Thus, listeners also become spectators and explorers: they travel into the sound, discover the music both by listening and watching, as if they were walking around inside the composition.



Director | Pierre Bastien

Performer | Pierre Bastien


Pierre Bastien’s is a Frenchman born 1953 who builds his own machines, as a cross between music and visual art, poetically blending live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site, mechanical sound sculptures. His work is described as “a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous music.” Bastien has been called a “mad musical scientist with a celebrity following” by The Guardian. Collaborating in the past with filmmaker Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake, singer and composer Robert Wyatt and Aphex Twin (who released three of his albums under his label Rephlex) to name a few, he is one of the most influential experimental musicians working in the field. In 1986, he formed his own self-made one-man orchestra, Mecanium, and has produced over 20 records over the years.