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Pierre Bastien + Brian Duffy

Recommended age: Parental Guidance

Musician, artisan, and performer Pierre Bastien has been making his own musical machinery for nearly 40 years. Dipping into electronica and jazz, his distinct sound isn’t easily categorisable. With textured looping soundscapes made up from various sources including Meccano parts, motors, fans, and rattles, the unmistakable sound of his muted trumpet glides up and down over the top, providing the melodies. For this particular performance he’ll be taking various tunes and themes from his recent album, Blue As An Orange and reformulating his legendary Silent Motors show for a mix of old and new. His fabricated contraptions are a treat for the eye, and his shows are genuinely like no other – full of energy and charisma.

For the past 5 years Brian Duffy (Modified Toy Orchestra) has been writing an analogue love letter to the memory of Trish Keenan entitled “Instead Of Faint Spirit”, using only a Roland System 100 monophonic analogue synth made in Japan in 1975. Brian describes it as “impossible to perform live” due to the hundreds of individual layers painstakingly overlaid on each track, so tonight he and Chris Plant will present a “live mix” of the album. Chris Plant will provide live visuals created using various vintage techniques, including a handmade analogue video synthesizer, circuit bent cathode ray televisions, laser lumia and other assorted oddities. Modern contraptions such as computers may be involved, but will be kept to a minimum, mostly as signal generators rather than image sources.

This event is part of the Optical Sound Pass package. Gain entry to all BMI events for £35 Full Price or £28 Concession.
It is also part of the Mothwasp & Pierre Bundle. Buy the bundle and gain entry to both screenings for a reduced price £15 Full Price or £11 Concession.


Date :
April 23, 2016 @ 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm
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Event Tags:
A-V performance, Meccano, Mothwasp & Pierre Bundle, music machines, Pierre Bastien
This event was part of Flatpack 10


Birmingham and Midland Institute – Lyttelton Theatre
9 Margaret Street,
Birmingham, , B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Tickets will be available from the venue on the day - box office opens 30 minutes before the advertised event start time.

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