The Orchestrion Project
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very misleading concept. Basically this is Metheny improvising along with a midi sequence of mostly percussive instruments. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judge ADGG
Pat Metheny created a Musical Wonderland. This is so over the top that you will never experience anything like it again. The best of the best. Shipped quickly and packaged well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jilly
If only there was a way to decide which camera angles I wanted to view -- -- then: 5 stars!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great insight into this project and the mind of Pat Metheny. Very entertaining to watch and the Blu Ray quality is great!Published 14 months ago by Martin Wetzel
Great concert! Video and audio impeccable! We saw him live and then we bought the concert and is unreal!Published 18 months ago by Claudia
This is a fine way to hear the Orchestrion tracks, and since it includes some additional tracks as well you get a bonus. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. Ryan
Audio is fantastic in Dolby 7.1 HD. Video is equally vivid in Blu Ray with the option of 3D. I found the entire disk to be an imaginative and emersive listening experience. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love Pat Metheny, then you will love this DVD. Great sets, his music is wonderful as always. You won't be disappointed with this.Published 24 months ago by Laura Robinson