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    Bastien, Pierre – “Machinations” – [Rephlex]


    The triumphant return of the king of “Rube Goldbeat!”
    Bastien constructs his own instruments/devices that have
    simple motors driving everyday items to build pop/techno
    from the tech up on up! The “percussion” on “Peep” comes
    from scissors gnashing! Several devices will collaborate
    so the sound while repetitive doesn’t feel innundatingly
    redundant. As an inventor and composer Bastien’s got a
    deft never heavy hand, and lithe fingers! Plus a warped
    record collection to match his warped mind, an old blues
    belle sample haunts “Now On.” He does a cool trick at
    times where the tonearm is lifted and reset by his
    gears and shafts. Perhaps it’s the mechanized chord
    patterns echoing a calliope, or the sort of happy
    big-top melodies he taps into, but there’s a bit of a
    circus sound to these tracks. Some of the rubber band,
    or paperclip flipping sounds add a light comedic effect
    too, but the sounds are all so crisp and clean, no
    clowns with needle marks here. Bastien adds in sweet
    muted trumpet on tracks, at times delivering bachelor
    pad music for primitive robots. DVD for the Eye,
    palindrome titles for the brain and plenty for the
    ears. Tinker tailored techno of fine calibre.
    Stands fine on tone alone but if you want to watch what
    you listen to, check
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE7eSN63N7Y
    or
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZqzdI5o2BY

    These are different than the songs on the album, but it seems they
    are sonic sources for the album. Inspirational stuff Pierre!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm
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