One Man (not) Banned
August 21, 2009 10:49 PM Subscribe
posted by paulsc (16 comments total)
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Jazz phenom/guitarist Pat Metheny
, using a team of engineers and all the gizmos they can hook together
, to create the ultimate one-man-live-performance-band.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, before the advent of the phonograph, radio, or other means of mechanically recording and reproducing music, a number of Orchestrions of various sophistication were built, extending the idea of the paper roll controlled player piano, to a whole orchestra's instrumentation. Because of their mechanical complexity
and cost, they never caught on as commercial products (except at the cheaper end of the scale, as extended player pianos
), but many survive
to delight listeners
But Metheny is thinking anew about the "one man band" from a performance aspect:
I have realized by now that as much as I can describe this project, even the people closest to me have had no idea what I was talking about until they have actually heard the music and had an encounter with it all in action. So, even having written all of the above, I know for sure that you still have to experience it yourself to really know what it is. "
In 2010, he plans to release a new CD on the project, and bring it out on the road