Monday, January 25, 2010

New album of the week: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion

There's some cool guitar stuff hitting the stores this week, but I think Pat Metheny's "Orchestrion" deserves a special mention.

The idea goes like this: think about a way to make several instruments mechanically react to your guitar playing or a programmed sequence of music. Find some smart people who can take this concept to practice and use machines to hit the keys in a piano, drums, etc. Now you have a band of robots playing for you!

Well, that is some cool concept. Now you only have to make sure you put some great music and guitar playing behind it. I think Pat Metheny has some credentials to make it work, so I'm hoping he will.

If this whole band-of-robots thing doesn't make a lot of sense to you (as it didn't make any sense to me at first), there's this video which explains what this is all about.

And of course, you can get the album in


1 comment:

  1. As the director of LEMUR, the group which created most of the instruments for the Orchestrion, I was thrilled to be involved in this project. To see more of LEMUR's instruments and music, check out the videos on