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Zuydervelt, Rutger (w/ Ilia Belorukov / Rene Aquarius): The Red Soul (Sofa)

Music for the movie "The Red Soul" by Jessica Gorter, a chilling and fascinating look at the legacy of Josef Stalin, from an electroacoustic trio of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) editing and processing the playing of saxophonist Ilia Belorukov and percussionist Rene Aquarius, a dark and muted set of 14 emotional tracks that reflect a dark history.
 

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Rutger Zuydervelt-editing, processing

Ilia Belorukov-saxophone

Rene Aquarius-percussion


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UPC: 7041885756227

Label: Sofa
Catalog ID: SOFA562
Squidco Product Code: 25498

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded between May and September, 2017, by the artist.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This looks like one of the most terrifying movies ever made, and it's a documentary. The trailer may send chills up your spine. How can a nation begin to love a leader responsible for millions of deaths, all too many in unmarked graves? Is the past so horrible that it must be denied? What lengths will one go to in order to make peace with one's heritage? These are the haunting questions raised by The Red Soul, Jessica Gorter's challenging film about the legacy of Stalin.

The unsettling half-hour score, presented by Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) along with Ilia Belorukov (saxophone) and René Aquarius (percussion) mingles nationalistic pride and distorted nostalgia. Zuydervelt's crackling vinyl samples include Soviet folk songs and fragments of the dictator's speeches. The ironic cover portrays a whitewashed history that continues to bleed through, conjuring memories of scratched out photographs and amended truths. The music is similarly abraded, at times nearly silent, reflecting the voices of the lost. Even today the fates of many are unknown, the echoes of their lives similarly muted, the mention of their names an act of courage or defeat.

At times the saxophone is present only in hunched breath, notes disintegrating before they break through. The clear samples battle the injured, yet newer additions, as if the past bore the current of certainly and the present could not be trusted. Still the choir sounds forlorn, their tone conveying more than their words. The loops serve as reminders that the most traumatic memories tumble on infinite repeat.

The Red Soul joins Crumble and Sneeuwstorm as standouts in Zuydervelt's recent discography. Their common denominator is a shared length; in fact, only seventeen seconds separate the first two. The long form allows the composer room to breathe and to develop his compositions; his patience results in immersive, story-like presentations. The year may be young, but the emotion of this film score will make it hard to surpass; kudos to the director for making such a creative choice."-Richard Allen


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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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"Ilia Belorukov is a musician from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He works in the directions of improvised, noise and electroacoustic music. He's a member of different projects with local and foreign musicians. He collaborates with artists who work in other musical directions (from hardcore and metal to academic contemporary music); with dancers and painters; with theater. Ilia practices an experimental approach of sound extraction on alto saxophone with objects, uses electronics and other instruments. Also he is a founder of Intonema label (www.intonema.org) and one of curators of Spina!rec label (www.spinarec.bandcamp.com). Organizer of events in Russia, co-organizer of the SpinaFest and Teni Zvuka festivals in Saint-Petersburg. He writes reviews for his own blog on Syg.ma, was reviewer of Contemporary Music, Music & Time, Topot and GEZeta journals.

Ilia had played with such musicians as Keith Rowe, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, David Stackenas, Radu Malfatti, Lucio Capece, Jason Kahn, Birgit Ulher, Ignaz Schick, Jonas Kocher, Gaudenz Badrutt, Stefan Thut, Arturas Bumsteinas, Thomas Buckner, Bryan Eubanks, Jack Wright, Andrew Drury, Andrey Popovskiy, Alexei Borisov, Kurt Liedwart and many others. Released his works on labels Copy For Your Records, Ilse, Cabin Floor Esoterica (USA), Hideous Replica (UK), Creative Sources (Portugal), QuasiPop (Ukraine), 1000fussler (Germany), Mikroton, Intonema, Spina!Rec (Russia) and many others.

He participated in various festivals: SKIF, Teni Zvuka, Aposition, ReMusik (Saint-Petersburg); Noise & Fury, Long Arms, Tilde 2 (Moscow); Budapest Spring Festival (Budapest); Gogolfest (Kiev); Jauna Muzika (Vilnius & Klaipeda); Angelica (Bologna); Baba Fest (Rome); Altera Festival (Naples); Jazz Bez (Lvov); John Cage Year (Lublin); Theses (Kemerovo); Helsinki City Festival, Chance Meeting (Helsinki) etc."

-Ilia Belorukov Website (http://belorukov.blogspot.com/p/bio_8023.html)
7/10/2024

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"Drummer René Aquarius lives in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and has an "unhealthy obsession for grindcore, soundtracks and experimental music." He is best know for his work in Dead Neanderthals and Celestial Bodies."

-Squidco, Rene Aquarius Bandcamp page 7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Flowers 2:22

2. Graveyard 2:13

3. Photograph 4:05

4. Recollection 3:55

5. Subway 1:27

6. Painting 2:10

7. Archive 1:21

8. Bones I 3:51

9. Factory 1:59

10. Guards 3:07

11. Train 1:28

12. Dacha 0:43

13. Bones II 2:31

14. Credits 3:10

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Electro-Acoustic
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Sound, Noise, &c.
Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Soundtracks, Movie Scores, &c.
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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