Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion refers to a 19th century hybrid musical instrument of the same name that contained (usually) a wind orchestra, various percussion instruments, and sometimes a piano played by a pinned cylinder or a music roll -- like a player piano.
Metheny designed and plays one here thanks to a commissioned group of inventors, advanced solenoid switch technology, and pneumatics.
This invention includes pianos, marimbas, bells, basses, “guitarbots,” percussion, cymbals, drums, loads of tuned bottles, and synth and fabricated acoustic instruments, played by Metheny triggering everything with his guitar.
While it may have been simpler using a laptop with the latest sampling and MIDI technology, he explains in the booklet that the “acoustoelectric” sound and the “human element” he sought would have been impossible to achieve.
Here, his extensively written compositions are a complete engagement with his trademark harmonic and lyric investigations and improvisations.
Despite mechanics, everything here sounds and feels organic.
Drums and percussion instruments swing, basslines flow in concert with and counterpoint to his guitar and piano lines.
These five cuts showcase different sides of Metheny’s compositional acumen and poetic sense of detail without losing his euphoric, spacious sense of complex harmonic engagement or songlike melodic sensibilities.
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Spirit of the Air
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|Guitar Technician, Tuning|
|Arranger, Bass, Bottle, Composer, Cymbals, Drums, Guitar, Instrumentation, Keyboards, Liner Notes, Marimba, Orchestra Bells, Percussion, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Vibraphone|
Barbara de Wilde
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