Just before Christmas, I posted about the sleeve art for guitarist, composer and Sibelius user Pat Metheny’s new album, Orchestrion, which features a Sibelius 6 box lurking amidst the huge variety of musical instruments that cram the picture. (If you look really closely you can see Pat himself at the left-hand side, hiding behind his guitar!)
Of course, what’s really interesting about the sleeve art for Orchestrion is not that it features a Sibelius box, but rather that all of the instruments shown on the cover can be controlled remotely by Metheny using his guitar: the real orchestrion of the title.
The YouTube video embedded above is a look behind the scenes at how Orchestrion was put together, and just how incredible the performance of the robot-controlled instruments, created by the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) really is. Amazing stuff.
Orchestrion is released today on Nonesuch.