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Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion

December 15th 2010 in Music

Spent yesterday afternoon dodging miniature ghosts, dinosaurs, vampires and the like in Greenpoint, on my way to the set up for a 3D shoot of Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion this week. Spent a good part of the afternoon with Pat, as well.

If you haven’t seen it, you can check out Pat playing it and explaining it here:

Pat Metheny – Orchestrion
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I’m not sure exactly what the producers, Pierre and Francois Lamoureux, and Pat have in mind for the shoot, but the set up demands 3D and it’s great that everyone agreed on that. The Lamoureuxs were at the forefront of HD, so it makes sense that they pioneer long form music in 3D as well. You really need to see the Orchestrion at work to appreciate what’s going on, and keep in mind – nothing here is pre-recorded (in fact, it’s immediate genesis is a reaction to playing with tapes) or even greatly pre-programmed. Pat creates pretty much everything on the fly. I rather hope that they decide to show the “Demonstration Mode,” Pat creating a fugue for the elaborate Orchestrion to show how the instrument (and it is one, very large, very elaborate instrument) works. The whole thing is pretty amazing and should make for a terrific 3D musical documentary.

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