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Machinefabriek: Assemblage (Zoharum)

A great collection of short film soundtracks and pieces that appeared on compilation albums and out-of-print CDRs, including the "Nerf" EP, the tracks for the book "Things That A Mutant Needs To Know" by Reinaldo Laddaga, and 3 soundtracks of which two are for a short movie and one for a video installation, alongside tracks from other compilations.
 

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Label: Zoharum
Catalog ID: ZOHAR 134-2
Squidco Product Code: 24195

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded by Rutger Zuydervelt.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
"Assemblage is released as Machinefabriek rather than under Zuydervelt's own name, and collects various 'eccentrics' previously available on compilations or out-of-print CDRs. 'Eccentrics' turns out to be a name for the eclectic electroacoustic Machinefabriek experiments we all know and love, with a few boundary-pushing surprises thrown in for good measure. 'Nerf' sets the tone with its deliciously crunchy, creaky, and brittle sounds, tentatively poised on the edge of becoming. Explorations of acoustic instruments are well represented: 'The Harmed Harp' extracts all manner of tones, rattles, buzzes, creaks, and gongs from the titular instrument, producing endless tiny variations in pitch and timbre; 'Ivory Ghosts' features echoing pings that would seem to bear no relation to the piano, reverberation tails sweeping in circuits around a circular space, accompanied by metallic thumps and plucked strings.My two favourite 'eccentrics' both took me by surprise. 'Sluimer' is mostly just acoustic guitar, played 'straight' with great restraint and precision; with its calm plucked chords, arpeggios, and harmonics, I could well imagine it in the repertoire of a certain Señor Cristián Alvear. But Zuydervelt once again saves his best for last: a recitation, in a hilariously antiquated British accent, of various short words intended to demonstrate the pronunciation of vowels and dipthongs, the voice doubled and split between left and right channels, bouncing from one to the other and sometimes speaking over the top of each other. All backed by the most gorgeous electric piano noodlings. The format of Assemblage suggests a 'b-sides and rareties'-type package, but don't be fooled: this is Machinefabriek at his creative, inventive, and, yes, eccentric best."-Fluid Radio

"For the review of 'Assemblage', Machinefabriek's fifth album on Zoharum, I went back to the fourth one for the same label, 'Dubbeltjes', reviewed in Vital Weekly 925, which said: "here at Vital Weekly a lot of music released by Machinefabriek is discussed, but there is a lot more than doesn't make it here, as Machinefabriek is also very active in the field of highly limited vinyl, lathe cut records and cassette only releases. Luckily he is well known enough to have every now and then a compilation of these rarities, such as 'Dubbeltjes' ('dimes'). Here we have two pieces from compilations plus two 7"s, a lathe cut 5", a cassette and a 3"CDR, twelve pieces in total." From there on the review discussed various pieces on the release. 'Assemblage' is a similar collection of oddities, recorded between 2010 and 2016 and unlike the previous, which was forty-eight minutes, this new one is much longer, clocking in at seventy minutes. If I would be lazy, which I usually am, I could copy some more lines of that previous review and change some of the titles around, as many of the pieces on this release see Rutger Zuydervelt exploring the boundaries of ambient guitar sound meeting with musique concrete; sometimes quite separate from each other, but more and more inside the space of a single piece, which is where his work is now heading to more and more (say for instance his recent 'Crumble' release). Die hard fans probably have most of these in their original released form, completists want this anyway; all the others who are interested could see this a peek into the current development of Machinefabriek. So it is a must for all."-Vital Weekly

"Rather than the proper new release from Machinefabriek, this is the second part of "Dubbeltjes" and it's another collection of tracks dispersed during the the period of 2010-2016. The core of this release is the "Nerf" EP, the tracks for the book "Things That A Mutant Needs To Know" by Reinaldo Laddaga which collected short text and short tunes from various authors, and three soundtracks of whom two for a short movie and one for a video installation; the other tracks are from other compilations.

The guitar of "Nerf" opens this release introducing the listener into a quiet environment where all sounds are placed with precision. "Love Conquers Everything" is a crescendo based on drones. While it starting with a drone and the the saxophone of Colin Webser, "WinterWende" evolves using noises with a sense of cinematic description. "Solo for Voice 51" is an interpretation of a score by John Cage where the voice is used as an instrument rather than as a way to convey words. "The Harmed Harp" seems constructed upon this instruments's sound exploring his metallic timbres. Upon a soundscape, a voice spell colors in the first part of "Kleurenrivier" and is shut by the rising of a noisy drone only to return after his end. "Ivory Ghosts" is based on notes played using pizzicato underlying their resonances. Similar techniques are used also in "Sluimer" where the guitar notes are drowned in an almost complete silence, so all notes are in a dialectic relation with their release while in "News Variations" it's noise that is used in a relationship with silence. "Selfish Soundtrack" is a short miniature for noises while "A Mythical Story" uses the sustain of a bell as a landscape for small noises to evolve. "The Desolate Delay" is a minimalist track for quiet drones while "Since the Dawn of Time" seems developed upon extended techniques applied to wind instruments and field recordings. "Meltdown" is an abrasive track for noises and "Vowls" closes this release with the return of words spoken as in "Kleurenrivier".

While it's a compilation, the playlist creates a sense of coherence which makes this release less dispersive than expected. For fans of Rutger Zuydervelt's project this a release not to miss and probably it's enjoyable even for all fans of experimental music."-Chain DLK


Artist Biographies

"Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger's music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details.

Rutger was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and now resides in Rotterdam. He started recording as Machinefabriek in 2004. After a series of self released cd-rs, his official debut Marijn was issued in 2006, with great critical acclaim. Since than, a solid stream of music was released on labels such as Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Entr'acte, Dekorder, Miasmah, Consouling Sounds, Experimedia and Staalplaat. He performed all over the globe, from Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.

Rutger collaborated (on record and/or live) with numerous artists, such as Steinbrüchel, Jaap Blonk, Aaron Martin, Peter Broderick, Frans de Waard, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Roden, Gareth Davis, Stephen Vitiello, Michel Banabila, Dirk Serries and Dead Neanderthals, amongst many others.

He frequently works with film makers, like Makino Takashi, Mike Hoolboom, John Price, Paul Clipson and Chris Teerink, for whom he composed a soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. Rutger also recorded the music for the Canadian drama The Cold and the Quiet from 2014. Furthermore, his music was used in Edward Burtynsky's Watermark, the drama Stone (with Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton) and Josh Fox' influential Gasland and Gasland Part II documentaries. Besides films, Rutger also composes music for dance pieces, like Alix Eynaudi and Kris Verdonck's EXIT (premiéred at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Alexander Whitley's The Measures Taken (for the Royal Opera in London) and Beheld (for Candoco Dance Company), and multiple pieces by Spanish/Dutch choreographer Iván Pérez. Then there's Rutgers installation work, in which the dialogue with the environment plays an important role. He did projects for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi (Dutch Architecture Institute), the new Armando Museum MOA, Sounds Like Audio Art in Saskatoon (Canada), the Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Netwerk in Aalst (Belgium) and children's museum Villa Zebra in Rotterdam."

-Machinefabriek Website (http://www.machinefabriek.nu/about/biography)
7/10/2024

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Colin Webster is an improvising saxophonist based in London. He is a frequent collaborator with Mark Holub, Graham Dunning, Andrew Lisle, John Dikeman, &c.

-Squidco 7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Nerf 4:46

2. Love Conquers Everything 2:29

3. WinterWende 4:37

4. Solo For Voice 51 2:07

5. The Harmed Harp 7:45

6. Kleurenrivier 3:10

7. Ivory Ghosts 4:56

8. Sluimer 12:38

9. News Variations 6:39

10. Selfish Soundtrack 1:30

11. A Mythical Story 2:31

12. The Desolate Delay 7:08

13. Since The Dawn of Time 2:03

14. Meltdown 4:33

15. Vowls 3:07

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