Short Scenes / With Voices – two examples of the versatility of Rutger ‘Machinefabriek’ Zuydervelt: working on improvised tracks recorded by violinist Anne Bakker as well as experimenting with various vocalists.
Celebrating 13 years of Ambientblog with an exclusive (and free) Machinefabriek track download “Transform II” * Michel Banabila‘s latest album re-explores his musical past (and also contains the original “Transform”)
René Aquarius and Rutger Zuydervelt explore the Glass Palace * Presidiomodelo guides us into chilling Siberian (imaginary) landscapes.
Frans de Waard’s “Hot August Night” is the answer to anyone that thinks that ambient music ‘needs more cowbell’.
Also three releases on Moving Furniture records that explore the deepest of drones: Zeno van den Broek, Kassel Jaeger and Orphax (remixes).
I could easily fill all of this blog with Machinefabriek/Rutger Zuydervelt releases. Blink twice and the release pages (solo/collaborations) will probably be updated with a new title.
Time for a roundup of some recent releases…
Two duo’s reflecting on each others work: Orphax / Machinefabriek and Stijn Hüwels / Danny Clay.
And some ‘smoke columns’ by Federico Mosconi as an encore!
Soundtrack binging time: three movies (Arrival by Johann Jóhansson, Salero by Adam Bryanbaum Wilztie, Iris by A Winged Victory For The Sullen) and two games (Samorost 3 by Floex and Astroneer by Rutger Zuydervelt).
More experimental music from the Lowlands: new albums by Sonmi451, Legiac, Machinefabriek & Michel Banabila and some more Machinefabriek this time with Anne Bakker & Edith Karkoscha
Around december 2007, I made a mix from Soccer Commitee’s music and music from Machinefabriek.
This mix is never published here before, because it was made for the dutch NPS-Folio radio show broadcast.
I don’t usually post the Folio broadcasts here, but it’s time to make an exception to that rule: a recent social media post about the beauty of Soccer Committee’s album sC made me decide it was time to dust off the 2007 mix and publish it again.
Because it’s still as powerful now as it was back then, almost 10 years ago.
Roundup of works by Dutch experimental / ambient artists: Looped Exodus, Michel Banabila, Machinefabriek, Orphax and Matthew Florianz.
(Plus: free promo codes for Matthew Florianz’ ‘Soundtracks for Science Briefings’! )
The sound of current state of affairs is not particularly reassuring: Thomas Köner presents an Opéra Digitale based on the Futurist Manifesto, Machinefabriek and Anne Bakker keep you alert with alarming string glissandi, and Multicast Dynamics adds some glacial Scandinavian cold.
Judged by his output alone, Rutger “Machinefabriek” Zuydervelt must be the ‘hardest working man in electronic showbusiness’.
This is a pick from the latest batch… but chances are that by the time you finished reading this post and listening to the samples his website will already have announced some newer releases…
Next to the recent albums “The Measures Taken”, “Sneeuwstorm” and “Loos”, you’ll also find a beautiful video registration of the Halfslaap performance with the Fox String Quartet at the recent 24 Hour Drone Fest at the LeGuessWho Festival in Utrecht last year.
Zoharum is a Polish label founded in 2007, specialising in experimental music. Their catalogue, close to 100 releases, is often dedicated to the promotion of Polish artists, new as well as renowned, but they are also releasing works from other artists. New albums as well as re-releases: a wealth of a collection to explore if you’re into ambient, industrial, experimental, electroacoustic, IDM, or all other kinds of music adventurous and unpredictable.
“Souvenirs van de Woeste Grond“ (roughly translates as “Souvenirs from the Wasteland”) is a part of a landscape-inspired art project inspired by the Dutch province “Overijssel”.
“In this project two artists (Heidi Linck and Hans Jungerius) collected stories about the countryside landscape in order to save them from obscurity. In the second phase of the project eight different artists make a souvenir based on the collected stories.”
This particular album (available as digital download or limited edition CD released by the adventurous Esc.Rec label), is one of those ‘souvenirs’!
Imagine a single 50 minute track album with contributions from more than 150 artists….
I can’t even begin to list names here but you should definitely check the list on the Bandcamp page – I’m sure it’ll raise your interest to find out more about Rutger “Machinefabriek” Zuydervelt‘s project“Stay Tuned“.
RAISON D’ÊTRE – MISE EN ABYME
Another voyage into darkness by Raison D’Être (Peter Andersson, Sweden, who has been recording music since 1992). “Mise en Abyme” (“Placed into the abyss”) “is an inner journey down to the most hidden and dark parts of the Self. But even in the darkest and chaotic places in the depths, there are small shades of light, hope and understanding.”
I wonder if, looking back a few years from now, “Halfslaap II / Stiltetonen” may prove to be a turning point in Machinefabriek‘s discography – a cautious transition from ‘improvised knob-twiddling’ (his own words, not mine) to composed music played by musicians….
Listening to this version of “Halfslaap II”, it’s interesting to know that Rutger Zuydervelt is currently working on a transcription for a String Quartet version of this piece.
But that is a thing to happen in the (near) future – thís particular recording is a score for solo violin loops (played by Anne Bakker) and electronics.
Sometimes, a certain kind of ambient soundscapes are referred to as “glacial”. Often, these are dark, slowly evolving soundscapes that evoke a desolate, solitary, atmosphere that can be associated with the vast arctic landscapes (although the sounds are not necessarily ‘cold’).
“Stillness” , a multimedia project by Esther Kokmeijer (cinematic landscapes) and Rutger “Machinefabriek” Zuydervelt (music) is literally “glacial”, because it documents Esther Kokmeijer’s journey to Antarctica in january 2013 and to Greenland in june 2013.
The video in 5 parts documenting these trips are subtitled “Millions of Winters, two summers” – with a perfectly fitting musical score performed by Rutger Zuydervelt.