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Pierre Bastien and Aleks Kolkowski in session

Invented mechanical instruments feature in this month’s session presented by Verity Sharp. Plus weird electronic pop, an accordion virtuoso and a mass for the dead.

In a world of glowing screens and impenetrable CPUs, Verity Sharp presents a collaboration session where you can hear its inner workings, featuring two artists from the world of mechanical music.

Pierre Bastien is a French composer and experimental musical instrument builder. For this session he assembled large meccano-style cogs to create rhythms, played prepared trumpet recorded onto a wax cylinder, used a fan and shredded paper for percussion and set up a circular system of flutes.

Aleks Kolkowski is a composer obsessed with sound recording and reproduction techniques of the turn of the century. To the session he brought a rare antique phonograph, musical saw, a stroh violin (mechanically amplified by a metal horn) and a 1920s mechanical zither.

Having never played together before the pair spent the day in BBC’s Maida Vale studios to create a sonically rich selection of new pieces exclusively for Late Junction. Also in the show: weird electronic pop music from Sone Institute, a mass for the dead recorded in 1930 and a track by the accordion virtuoso Mario Batkovic.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Todd Barton

    Multum in Parvo

    • Multum in Parvo.
    • Blue Tapes & X Ray.
  • Pierre Bastien & Aleks Kolkowski

    Difference Engine

    • Late Junction session.
  • Sone Institute

    The Devil Works In Asda

    • Where Moth and Rust Consume.
    • Front and Follow.
  • Choir of the Pius X School, Manhattanville, Purchase, NY

    Antiphon Exsultabunt Ps. Misere (Mode I)

    • Missa pro defunctis (The Requiem Mass) from the Solesmes edition.
    • Canary Records.
  • Roger Doyle


    • Thalia / Oizzo No.
    • Silverdoor.
  • Aleks Kolkowski & Pierre Bastien

    What The Detective Saw

    • Late Junction Session.
  • Aleks Kolkowski & Pierre Bastien

    Metal, Water, Paper

    • Late Junction session.
  • Chris Carter

    Blissters (Radiophonic Workshop Remix)

    • Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 Coursework..
    • Mute.
  • Mario Batkovic


    • Mario Batkovic.
    • Invada.
  • Pierre Bastien

    Don's Nod

  • Pierre Bastien & Aleks Kolkowski

    Japanese Song

    • Late Junction Session.
  • Doc Watson

    Little Margaret

    • Live At Club 47.
    • Yep Roc US.
  • Dur-Dur Band

    Keene Gardaran

    • Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1, Vol. 2.
    • Analog Africa.
  • Pierre Bastien & Aleks Kolkowski

    Strings And Nails

    • Late Junction Session.
  • Pierre Bastien & Aleks Kolkowski

    Two Saws for Donna Vatra

    • Late Junction Session.
  • Fred Frith Trio

    Love And Other Embers

    • Closer To The Ground.
    • Intakt Records.
  • The Vegetable Orchestra

    Carrot Pano Drama

    • Green Album.


  • Thu 25 Oct 2018 23:00

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