The Unifiedfield is proud to present French meccano (mechanical orchestra) conductor Pierre Bastien‘s solo performance as well as his improvisation duo with experimental musician One Man Nation in Singapore.
Ten years ago, when Aphex Twin invited Pierre Bastien to join his record label, he gave a lesson in nonconformism: Rephlex was a label dedicated to electronic music, while Pierre was exclusively playing acoustic instruments. Mecanation – Pierre Bastien + One Man Nation – reiterates Aphex Twin’s broad-mindedness as One Man Nation daringly mixes his advanced electronic loops and processed sounds with the untreated leitmotivs of Pierre’s mechanical sound sculptures, usually improvised on stage without any prior rehearsals. Both musicians gravitate towards the use of both ancient and recent sounds of the planet to create a myriad of unprecedented combinations, far far away from any dogma.
Mecanation is featured on Pierre Bastien’s latest vinyl-only release Entomology on Worm.
Pierre Bastien (born Paris, 1953) post-graduated in eighteenth-century French literature at University Paris-Sorbonne. In 1977 he built his first musical machinery. For the next ten years he has been composing for dance companies and playing with Pascal Comelade. In the meantime he was constantly developing his mechanical orchestra. Since 1987 he concentrates on it through solo performances, sound installations, recordings and collaborations with such artists as Pierrick Sorin, Karel Doing, Jean Weinfeld, Robert Wyatt or Issey Miyake.
This event is presented by The Unifiedfield and made possible with the kind support of Institut Français (Singapore), Voilah 2012, The Arts Fund, The National Arts Council and venue partner The Arts House, Singapore.