In 2003 Jem Finer started to invite people to choose a 10 minute section of Longplayer, from its past, and to use that material in any way they wished, to make a new piece of music.
These tracks will be made available to listen to here.
Pierre Bastien El elepe pelele
Pierre Bastien (born Paris, 1953) post-graduated in eighteenth-century French literature at University Paris-Sorbonne. In 1976 he built his first musical machinery. For the next ten years he played in various ensembles and composed for dance companies, while developing his mechanical orchestra: an ensemble of musical automatons made of meccano parts and electro- motors, playing on acoustic instruments from all over the world.
The mechanical orchestra developed up to 80 pieces. It took part in music festivals and art exhibitions in Norway (World Music Days), Australia (Tisea), Japan (Artec), Canada (Fimav, Sound Symposium, Mutek), Poland (Warsaw Autumn), United States (Flea Festival)…
In the recent years, Pierre Bastien and his machines collaborated with video artist Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake, British singer and composer Robert Wyatt, Trottola circus company, musicians Alexei Aigui, Steve Arguelles, Pascal Comelade and Jaki Liebezeit, among others. His music is released on Western Vinyl, Signature, Rephlex, Morphine, Discrepant and Marionette Records.