Pierre Bastien : home
"Pierre Bastien uses several tiny cameras to project his Meccano-driven contraptions onto a large screen. Although we can see little wheels depressing organ keys, on the screen it seems we are in some giant factory, where machines of unguessable size perform cumbersome operations to pluck at hawsers or vibrate great flapping sheets - in reality rubber bands and strips of paper. Bastien's non-synched looping machines naturally have non-human quality, like an off-kilter African drum ensemble, and this strangeness is further magnified by his carefully layered visual projections. Over the top he plays pocket trumpet phrases drawn from the earliest days of jazz, as if King Oliver is muttering in his ear. But the trumpet is often masked: somehow it plays a baseline like a tuba, or else the mute is jammed into a beaker of bubbling water. On the screen the monochrome Fritz Lang world of relentless Meccano is invaded by a beautiful fountain of blue bubbles. Like a blend of Philip Jeck's heartbreaking turntables and Max Eastley's lost-in-space musical sculptures, Bastien has created an elegant display of genuine musical surrealism. He has been refining his approach for over two decades - ten years ago Aphex Twin released Mecanoid on his Rephlex label, and this show made it clear why Richard D James was so mesmerized. Bastien wound down his mechanical mysteries after 45 minutes, but I could have happily watched for hours."

Clive Bell, The Wire - Dec. 2010

Paper Organ - video
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(CONCERTS)

07 09 2017BruxellesBE
Cinéma Nova

09 09 2017Les traversées du MaraisParisFR
Musée des arts et métiers

10 09 2017Meakusma festivalEupenBE
Ikob Museum

12 09 2017PragCZ
Palac Akropolis

23 09 2017Heist-op-den-BergBE
Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg

14 10 2017Festival accès)s( #17 – Machines sensiblesBillèreFR
La route du son

(INSTALLATIONS)

01 07 2017 - 17 09 2017Musiques à voirDunkerqueFR
MecaniumLAAC

28 09 2017 - 01 10 2017HerbstZeitlosKremsAT
Paper orchestraKlangraum

(PAST INSTALLATIONS)

01 07 2017 - 30 07 2017Glatt&VerkehrtKremsAT
Paper orchestraKlangraum

04 07 2017 - 09 07 2017Festival de la CitéLausanneCH
MecanologieCaveau 12bis

25 03 2017 - 31 03 2017Festival ElectrochocBourgoin-JallieuFR
MecanoidLes Abattoirs

24 09 2016 - 13 11 2016De Laatste Show
MecanoidVoorkamer

06 11 2016 - 13 11 2016November MusicDen BoschNL

21 05 2016 - 02 10 2016Le fantome dans la machineSaint-BrieucFR
Musee d art et d histoire

19 02 2016 - 13 03 2016Les machines celibatairesNantesFR
Le lieu unique

04 11 2015 - 18 11 2015Paper Orchestra / Musiques demesureesClermont-FerrandFR
Mediatheque de Blanzat

23 10 2015 - 25 10 2015Lyrical machinesBolognaIT
MAST.

19 08 2015 - 23 08 2015Mecanology in 4 roomsBerlinDE
Atonal - Kraftwerk

08 05 2015 - 08 06 2015Beyond The SoundHong KongCHN
Comix Home Base

27 11 2014 - 29 11 2014PAPER ORCHESTRA at Weekend FestCologneDE
Stadthalle

07 06 2014 - 07 06 2014Cellar NoisesDordrechtHolland
Urban Explorer Festival

19 05 2014 - 25 05 2014Play Meccano Play and Paper Orchestra at Cross-Art FestivalSt PetersburgRussia
Erarta

04 02 2014 - 01 03 2014MecaniumTulleFr
Mediatheque Eric Rohmer

11 12 2013 - 21 12 2013Paper OrchestraToursFrance
Atelier 9

06 04 2013 - 30 06 2013MecaniumLyonF
Bibliothèque Municipale

03 05 2013 - 15 06 2013Un Orchestre De PapierArlesF
Espace Pour l Art

22 03 2012 - 01 04 2012MaubeugeF
Via

29 03 2012 - 30 03 2012Mecanology + Paper Organs + Soul + Paper OrchestraBilbaoSP
Alhondigabilbao

17 03 2012 - 18 03 2012Mecanology + Paper Organs + SoulCherbourgF
La Breche

08 03 2012 - 12 03 2012ExitCréteilF
Maison des Arts

16 11 2011 - 19 11 2011Island ArtistsAbu Dhabi
Manarat Gardens

06 04 2011 - 09 04 2011Exposcience PicardieAbbevilleF

15 05 2010 - 03 07 2010Carte BlancheLierB
Voorkamer

(PAST CONCERTS)

15 07 2017The Exploding Plastic Fest. #3BarcelonaES
Hangar

18 06 2017Supersonic festivalBirminghamUK
collaboration w/ Tomaga

16 06 2017LondonUK
collaboration w/ TomagaLondon Fields Brewhouse

02 06 2017Rewire X Korzo #6Den HaagNL
Korzo

31 05 2017PoitiersFR
Planétarium

18 05 2017Tomorrow festivalShenzhenCN
B10

13 05 2017APP Ascoli PicenoAscoliIT
Ridotto del Teatro Ventidio Basso

06 05 2017Imaginary musicsSt.GallenCH
Palace

03 05 2017Izlog Festival / Showroom of Contemporary SoundZagrebCRO
Theatre &TD

02 05 2017Izlog Festival / Showroom of Contemporary SoundZagrebCRO
w/ Franz Hautzinger and Alen SinkauzTheatre &TD

06 04 2017 AngersFR
Musee d Angers

01 04 2017Festival Musique au MuséeEscquelbecqFR
Quiet motors

26 03 2017Festival ElectrochocBourgoin-JallieuFR
Quiet MotorsLes Abattoirs

18 03 2017FontevraudFR
Motus w/ Emmanuelle ParreninAbbaye

12 03 2017ReadymadeRotterdamNL
w/ Lukas SimonisKoffie en Ambacht

11 02 2017BarcelonaES
Novia 391 w/ Eduard Atalba, Aldo Aramba, Eli GrasConvent Sant Augusti

20 01 2017Rencontres de la forme courteLimogesFR

17 12 2016TenerifeES
El Tanque

09 12 2016Semaine du BizarreMontreuilFR
Theatre Berthelot

04 12 2016RennesFR
Le Bon Accueil

11 11 2016November MusicDen BoschNL

04 11 2016Electrons libresNantesFR
Stereolux

28 10 2016Ateliers ClausBrusselsBE
Les Brigittines

14 10 2016LEMBarcelonaES
MACBA

08 10 2016Novi SadSER
Vojvodina Institute for Culture

06 10 2016UH FestBudapestHU
(performance)

05 10 2016UH FestBudapestHu
(lecture)

03 10 2016Tag der PerformanceBambergDE
Kesselhaus

02 10 2016NurnbergDE
Z-Bau

01 10 2016Wir sind die RoboterBerlinDE
Musikbrauerei

03 09 2016Fort ProcessNewhavenUK

09 07 2016Nuit 104 New York!ParisFR
collaboration w/ Mark CunninghamLe 104

08 07 2016Festival MIMIMarseilleFR
premiere "4 hands 1 breath" trio w/ Benoit Delbecq and Steve Arguelles

03 07 2016Live Collaboration with TomagaDunkerqueFR
Mon Inouie Symphonie

01 07 2016DunkerqueFR
Mon Inouie Symphonie

03 06 2016MoscowRU
Mars centre for audiovisual arts

01 05 2016Donau festivalKremsAT

29 04 2016DudigenCH
Bad Bonn

28 04 2016St GallenCH
The Palace

24 04 2016The Fantom CinemaGlasgowUK
The Old Hairdresser

23 04 2016Flatpack FestivalBirminghamUK

13 04 2016Resonate FestivalBelgradeSER

02 04 2016IHME ContemporaryHelsinkiFI

24 03 2016Festival Facto with Eduardo BertiLunevilleFR
La Meridienne

13 03 2016Festival NrmalMexico DFMX

10 03 2016a lecture on sound artMexico DFMX
NODO

18 02 2016CopenhagenDK
Jazzhouse

23 01 2016AmsterdamNL
STEIM

27 12 2015SonoridadMadridSP
Centro Palacio de Cibeles

12 12 2015Energy of the soundWroclawPL

07 12 2015Novas FrenquenciasRio-de-JaneiroBR
Maison de France

21 11 2015ParisFR
Motus w/ Emmanuelle ParreninBarbara FGO

20 11 2015Motus with Emmanuelle ParreninBrestF
Festival Invisible Le Quartz

19 11 2015PenvenanFR
w/ Eric ThomasLe Logellou

18 11 2015LorientFR
w/ Eric ThomasLe Galion

17 11 2015RennesFR
Motus w/ Emmanuelle ParreninLe Tambour

14 11 2015EupenBE
Meakusma

10 11 2015AurillacFR
Motus w/ Emmanuelle ParreninTheatre

07 11 2015NapoliIT
Riot Studio

06 11 2015Time Zone festivalBariIT
Teatro Forma

27 10 2015PerugiaIT
PostModernissimo

23 10 2015BolognaIT
MAST.

18 10 2015Eppur si muoveLuxemburgLU
MUDAM

16 10 2015Night of surpriseCologneDE
Stadtgarten

10 10 2015Fonomo festivalBydgoszczPL
Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin

27 09 2015Festa do OutonoPortoPT
Fondation Serralves

21 08 2015Contra Pop festivalRamsgateUK

20 08 2015LondonUK
w/ TomagaCafe Oto

01 08 2015Les nuits secrètesAulnoye-AymeriesFR

31 07 2015ParisF
Point Ephemere

30 07 2015Sajeta festivalTolminSLO

26 07 2015Musical Zoo festivalBresciaIT

17 07 2015Pop al CarrerTavernesES

02 07 2015Trans FormationDompierre-les-OrmesFR
LAB 71

20 06 2015The Blurred Edge FestivalHamburgDE
Hoerbar

18 06 2015Morphine recordsBaselCH
w/ Senyawa, Charles Cohen, Rabih BeainiHeK

17 06 2015Morphine records / CTMBerlinDE
w/ Senyawa, Charles Cohen, Rabih BeainiBerghain

05 06 2015Motus with Emmanuelle ParreninGoteborgSE
Clandestino Festival

23 05 2015PadovaIT
Cinema Excelsior

30 04 2015Notte Bianca Firenze 2015FirenzeIT
Cortile di Palazzo Strozzi

25 04 2015Motus with Emmanuelle ParreninBourgesF
Printemps de Bourges Palais Jacques Coeur

23 04 2015Rokolectiv FestivalBucharestRo
MNAC

09 04 2015Motus with Emmanuelle ParreninParisF
Sonic Protest Eglise St Merry

27 03 2015Motus w/Emmanuelle ParreninDijonF
Why Note Le Consortium

20 03 2015Den BoschNL
De Toonzaal

18 03 2015RotterdamNL
Koffie & Ambacht

12 03 2015with Cabo San RoqueBarcelonaSP
Arts Santa Monica

27 02 2015Festival Hors PistesAnnecyFR

22 02 201590dB Festival winter editionRomeIT
Ex Cartiera Latina Parco Appia Antica

06 02 2015SpeigasfestivalVilniusLithuania
contemporary art center

16 01 2015Motus w/Emmanuelle ParreninNoisiel Marne-la-ValleeFrance
La Ferme du Buisson

10 01 2015La Foret de PocheHedeFR
Le Theatre de Poche

01 01 2015AntigelGenevaCH
auditorium de la clinique de belle-idee

10 12 2014Semaine du BizarreMontreuilF
Theatre Berthelot

10 12 2014Semaine du Bizarre with Emmanuelle ParreninMontreuilFR
Theatre Berthelot

29 11 2014Weekend FestCologneDE
Stadthalle

09 11 2014BarcelonaSP
Heliogabal

08 11 2014AlcoiSP
L Escenari

07 11 2014GandiaSP
Teatre del Raval

06 11 2014ValenciaSP
Sala Octubre

03 11 2014Phantoms at Flux video de autorBarcelonaSP
Antic Teatre

02 11 2014VallsSP
Sala Dune i La Pera

01 11 2014Phantoms at Festival PeriferiasHuescaSP

30 10 2014IgualdaSP
Hot Blues

25 10 2014support act Geek EndMetzF
BAM

27 09 2014Biennale PanoramasLormontF
Parc des Coteaux

12 09 2014LydfestivalAarhusDK

06 09 2014Baignade InterditeRivièresF
Piscine

30 06 2014ImaxinasonsVigoSP
Salon de actos MARCO

08 06 2014L Autre FestivalCapdenacFrance
chapiteau des Betes de Foire

07 06 2014Terraforma FestivalMilanoItaly
Villa Arconati

22 05 2014with Alexei AigiSt PetersburgRussia
Erarta

21 05 2014Pierre Bastien Alexei AiguiMoscowRussia
Dom

09 05 2014Jornadas acusticasMenorcaSP
Es Claustre

08 05 2014opening Collection MorelBrusselsBelgium
Point Culture

02 05 2014Phantoms with Eddie LadoireTrondheimNorway
meta.morf at dokkhuset

07 02 2014TulleFr
des lendemains qui chantent

15 12 2013Bombo y PlatilloZaragozaSpain

12 12 2013Phantoms with Eddie LadoireBordeauxFrance
iBoat

11 12 2013Phantoms with Eddie LadoireToursFrance
Le Petit Faucheux

30 11 2013WorldtronicsBerlinGermany

23 11 2013Electro MechanicaSt PetersburgRussia

22 11 2013BBmixBoulogne BillancourtFrance
Carre Bellefeuille

16 11 2013Grand Ecart with Eddie LadoireSaint-BrieucFrance
Prizunique

09 11 2013Invasion Pierrick SorinMarseilleFrance
La Criée

07 11 2013Electric FolkwaysAix en ProvenceFrance
Seconde Nature

26 10 2013ResurrectineAugsburgGermany
Lab30

24 10 2013ReviverAugsburgGermany
Lab30

10 10 2013MecanationGrazAustria
Explosiv

09 10 2013El Run Run del Nyigo NyigoNantesFrance
Lieu Unique

20 07 2013festival de Radio FranceSeteFR
CRAC

14 07 2013Les Siestes ElectroniquesParisFrance
Musee du Quai Branly

21 06 2013Fete de la MusiqueAmsterdamNL
Institut Français

19 06 2013PB & Karel DoingLondonEngland
cafe OTO

30 05 2013RoncqFrance
Cinema Gerard Philippe

25 05 2013Book ArsenalKievUkraine

18 04 2013MecanationBaselCH
Plattfon

17 04 2013MecanationGenevaCH
Cave 12

16 04 2013Mecanation @ Sonic ProtestParisF
salle Barbara Fleury

22 03 2013CoCArt Music FestivalTorunPoland
CoCArt

15 03 2013Playing With The DeadSaint EtienneFrance
FIL

14 02 2013La Route du RockRennesFrance
Conservatoire

06 02 2013Electric Folkways at Barents Spektakel 2013KirkenesNorway
Transborder

21 12 2012SUMMA Pierre and GatBarcelonaSpain
Antic Teatre

19 12 2012G33G anniversaryBarcelonaSpain
Sidecar

18 12 2012Playing With The DeadMontreuilFrance
Théâtre Berthelot

07 12 2012NEXTBratislavaSlovakia
Electric Folkways with Espen Sommer Eide

24 11 2012Pierre Bastien + One Man NationSingaporeSG
Arts House

23 11 2012Pierre Bastien + One Man NationSingaporeSG
Arts House

18 11 2012MecanationGranadaSpain
The Unifiedfield

16 11 2012KeroxenSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain
El Tanque

08 11 2012Mecanation Pierre Bastien and One Man NationNijmegenNL
Extrapool

03 11 2012iMoca IndianapolisUSA
Clowes Auditorium, Central Library

25 10 2012meta.morfTrondheimNorway

09 10 2012Soundpiece LP presentationRotterdamNL
Worm

28 09 2012XIV Ciclo de Música ContemporáneaCáceresSpain
Museo Vostell Malpartida

15 09 2012BangfaceNewquay, CornwallUK

21 07 2012SchlachtfestSigmaringenG
Alter Schlachthof

20 07 2012Festival Grec (with Cabo San Roque)BarcelonaSP
Mercat de les Flors

07 07 2012DancityFolignoIt
auditorium San Domenico

24 06 2012Fine Fleur 2Den HaagNL

31 05 2012MUTEKMontrealCAN
Monument National

25 05 2012GeraueschweltenMuensterD
Black Box

20 05 2012Verdichten, VerdunnenHaarlemNL
Grote Markt, Vishal

19 05 2012DEAFRotterdamNL
V2 Worm

21 04 2012Faq Festivalden BoschNL
De Toonzaal

30 03 2012BilbaoSP
Alhondigabilbao

18 03 2012Carte Blanche Jerome ThomasCherbourgF
La Breche

17 03 2012Playing With The DeadNantesF
Lieu Unique

06 03 2012live radioFrance InterF
Ouvert La Nuit

27 01 2012Radio program Atelier du SonFrance
France Culture

11 01 2012ParisF
Grand Palais

01 01 2012Week End FestivalCologneDE

18 12 2011The Future Sound of FolkThe HagueNL
Het Paard

17 12 2011DrapArtBarcelona

10 12 2011Total MeetingToursF

09 12 2011LorientF
Le Manège

08 12 2011AgenF
Le Florida

03 12 2011"Deep Cuts ans Auditory Matters 2"BrusselsB
Wiels

03 11 2011Entomology - soundpiece presentationRotterdamNL
Worm

27 10 2011Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond RousselMadridSpain
Museo Reina Sofía

31 03 2011Borderline FestivalAthensGR
with Phonophani

24 03 2011BergenNOR
with PhonophaniBorealis

23 03 2011OsloNOR
with PhonophaniBLA

19 03 2011LorientF

12 03 2011Galerie LimitisF
Michel Potage exhibition

19 02 2011Saint-BrieucF
La Passerelle

05 02 2011Opening of Voorkamer exhibitionLiégeB
Les Brasseurs

22 11 2010CaenF
with PhonophaniMaison des Etudiants

19 11 2010Boréales FestivalBayeuxF
with Phonophani

14 11 2010OorsmeerLilleF
Opéra de Lille

06 11 2010Visiones SonorasMoreliaMEX

04 11 2010PueblaMEX

01 11 2010Cervantino FestivalGuanajuatoMEX

29 10 2010LEM Territori SonorBarcelonaES

24 10 2010Supersonic FestivaBirminghamUK

23 10 2010 Bury St EdmundsUK
The Apex

22 10 2010OxfordUK
North Wall

21 10 2010BristolUK
Arnolfini

20 10 2010Milton KeynesUK
The Stables

19 10 2010LondonUK
Bush Hall

13 10 2010Serendip FestivalParisF
L'Archipel

12 10 2010premiére of 'Ici' by Compagnie Jérôme ThomasBoulazacF

09 10 2010Meta.Morph BiennaleTrondheimN

07 10 2010Festival Russie Mon AmourBordeauxF
with Alexei Aigi

02 10 2010Approximation FestivalDüsseldorfD
Salon des Amateurs

24 09 2010NL
NEMO Science Center

18 09 2010YverdonCH
Concert for the opening of Ken Rinaldo's exhibitionL'Echandole

10 09 2010Ostrale'010 FestivalDresdenD

02 09 2010HengeloNL
Akkuh

26 08 2010NantesF
Lieu Unique

09 06 2010 Gemeente Museum Den HaagDen HaagNL

04 06 2010Bath Music Festival BathUK

29 05 2010FrederictonCAN
Gallery Connexion

28 05 2010RE:FLUXMonctonCAN

27 05 2010Obey FestivalHalifaxCAN

22 05 2010K@Rlab#9 OttersumNL
Roepaen

30 04 2010Festival IntersticeCaenF
ESAN

24 04 2010RoyanF

09 04 2010StrasbourgF
Médiathéque André Malraux

01 04 2010Mécanologie & Sounds Can DancePauF
La Centrifugeuse








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