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The Orchestrion Project

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The Orchestrion Project was filmed at the former St Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in November 2010. It features Pat Metheny on guitar performing with the Orchestrion, a vast collection of mechanical instruments that surround Pat Metheny in this atmospheric setting. The focus of the performance is the Orchestrion Suite, a work written specifically for this combination and debuted on Pat Metheny's Orchestrion album released earlier in 2010. Added to this are other tracks from across Metheny's prolific career going right back to Unity Village from his debut solo album Bright Size Life in 1976 and including other tracks from the seventies, eighties and nineties. This is a unique collaboration between a master guitarist and the pinnacle of mechanical music. The Orchestrion Project was filmed by Grammy and Emmy Award winning directors Pierre & François Lamoureux. / Bonus Features:
Disc One - four bonus tracks (listed below)
Disc Two - An additional disc with over an hour of bonus material: (1) The Making Of The Orchestrion Project (2) Interview (3) Original EPK (4) Studio Session: Orchestrion (5) Studio Session: Expansion / Track Listing:
1) Unity Village Orchestrion Suite: 2) Orchestrion 3) Entry Point 4) Expansion 5) Soul Search 6) Spirit Of The Air 7) Improvisation #2 8) Sueño con México 9) Stranger In Town
Bonus Tracks: 10) Improvisation #1 11) 80/81 Broadway Blues 12) Tell Her You Saw Me 13) Antonia

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  • Actors: Pat Metheny
  • Directors: Pierre & Francois Lamoureux
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NR92ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Clark VINE VOICE on October 11, 2012
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Note: My review is based on viewing the Blu-ray Disc in 2D only; I have not seen it in 3D.

This is a fascinating and unusual performance, unlike anything else you've ever seen. For those who followed the progress of this project from its inception and hoped to see it thoroughly documented, it will be very satisfying.

Very briefly, the "Orchestrion" is an immense assemblage of mechanized musical instruments, largely custom designed and built specifically for this project by a number of different artisans in consultation with Metheny. These instruments are "played" in real time by a combination of computer-controlled scores and realtime control. In performance, the majority of the music (all composed and scored by Metheny) is played on the Orchestrion by a computer, while Metheny plays the guitar parts (and some other parts, remote-controlled from his MIDI guitar) live.

This disc, then, is a film of Metheny and the Orchestrion performing the same program seen on his 2010 concert tour, but it's not recorded live in concert. Instead, the rig was set up in a former church in Brooklyn (the same space where he had originally set it up to rehearse for the tour), in such a way as to put Metheny at the center of the sound while optimizing the Orchestrion visually for the camera.

Standing at the center of this amazing construct of tuned and untuned percussion, modified guitars and basses, a "wind organ," pianos, electronics, invented instruments -- dozens, hundreds of individual sound sources -- Pat performs each piece complete, with no audience but the cameras and crew.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Fike on October 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Don't let any negative reviews of this presentation fool you. Some people just don't get it... and that's just fine. Some of Pat's more eclectic releases (some solo work) are very different from the Metheny Group compositions but they are nonetheless brilliant and do touch a strong chord with many professional musicians who know what good music is. Pat is a musician's musician. There is a truth that CAN be found in this performance that is one of a kind, solely unique and will never be seen any where else. Many of the best musical recordings throughout time are panned when they come out but end up becoming legendary as decades pass and THIS presentation will pass the same test of time... without question.

If you check this performance out and you like Pat and want something state of the art, this is just the performance for you. This could have run 8 hours long and I wouldn't have noticed the time passing. That's how good it is. It is UTTERLY amazing. State of the art HD cameras used and crystal clear Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound that is the closest thing to being on stage that I've ever heard. They went all out on this one. Enjoy!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Lazar on October 13, 2012
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I just got this and have only watched the bonus songs and the first two songs but I've seen enough to say the audio is crystal clear and the 7.1 channel mixed to perfection, the nature of the performance is of course visually interesting and Pat's playing impeccable as you would expect of any of his releases. Orchestrion grows on you the more you listen to it and I prefer this version to the CD. Oher extras besides the bonus songs. Beautifully filmed in a church. A must have for Metheny lovers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Ideator on December 31, 2012
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I've been a Pat Metheny fan ever since I saw him in concert at the Molson Ampitheatre in 1982 in Toronto around the time he was writing Offramp material. I'm also a musician who gigs regularly with a jazz group that plays some of his music.

Overall, I'm glad he did Orchestrion. Pat appears to value ideation, innovation and breaking new ground. In my view, he did it again with the Orchestrion project. He created a solo album unlike any other. I don't think anyone has seen a one man band like this. The array of instruments is broader than any other one-man band I've ever seen. Like he says in one of the interview, it represents a third flavor of his music with the Pat Metheny Group as one form, the traditional jazz trio as another, and now the Orchestrion.

I found the interview tracks fascinating. Pat interviews very well and his comments are fascinating about his thought processes in putting the Orchestrion project together. I also noticed he made a couple passing references to his family which has hitherto been an off-limits topic in some of his interviews. He didn't focus on it, but did make a passing comment about his wife's perception of the project, which I found interesting because I haven't known much about the people in his personal life who support him.

I really liked some of the compositions. Like much of his music, I have to listen to it about 5 times before I really get it and connect to the core melodies. I would encourage listeners to be patient and give the music a chance by doing the same if your ear doesn't bond with the music immediately.

The only thing that bothered me about Orchestrion was the limited dynamic and intensity range of his mechanical orchestra.
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