Pierre Bastien – Machinations
by blank outlines
Pierre Bastien makes world music, in a way. He incorporates Yugoslavian, Moroccan, Senegalese, and Javanese instruments into his compositions. In a more accurate way, though, he makes the opposite of world music, because all of these instruments are played by robots. He builds machines that play the instruments, which he then accompanies with either trumpet or violin. It is eerie how warm-sounding, how nostalgic, the results can be. The song below, “Now On” (he also has a penchant for palindromes), sounds more like a fetishist of the past like the Caretaker than the machinist that Bastien actually is. Listen below.