In 1986 Pierre Bastien created (and literally built) his own orchestra called Mecanium: an ensemble of musical automatons constructed from meccano parts and activated by electro motors. These machines play on acoustic instruments from all over the world, including Chinese lute, Morrocan bendir, Javanese saron, koto, violin, sanza, etc... ''A composer’s dream: a fail safe orchestra at one’s fingertips obeying ever so gently to his every command: a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in it's surprisingly sensuous music.'' This is, in a nutshell what Pierre Bastien's Mecanium is all about.
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