Meet Pierre Bastien And Male Instrumenty


Pierre Bastien and Male Instrumenty make an intriguing combination, basically creating a philharmonic orchestra out of handmade Meccano robots and a variety of small childrens instruments and toys. The robots have got the thumb pianos, castanets, steel drum and marimbas covered, while Pierre plays stand-up bass, electric piano, organ and horns. As you could have guessed, it sounds pretty unique but, for conceptual work it’s actually really accessible.

Here’s Piere and the robots playing:: (this is kind of amazing!)

and here’s Male Instrumenty::

I can’t wait to see them performing together!

A little look at: Pierre Bastien & Male Instrumenty


During this year’s Supersonic you are invited to enter the tiny musical world of Pierre Bastien & Male Instrumenty, bringing together the French composer and surrealist inventor together with the Polish toy orchestra for a very special performance entitled ‘Toy Music’.

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Pierre Bastien has been building musical machinery since the 1970s and  has an expansive practice as a musician, composer and sound artist. Male Instrumenty is a five piece orchestra of toys and small instruments from Wrocław, Poland.    Founded in 2006, Małe Instrumenty (meaning Small Instruments) explore  an exciting and diverse sound world through their huge collection of  small instruments.

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Supersonic Festival 2010:
Friday: £20, Sat/Sun: £35, Weekend: £75 (+ booking fee)

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