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Zu & Eugene S. Robinson: The Left Hand Path (Trost Records)

Zu reveals their dark side with Jacopo Battaglia & Thomas Luca Mai performing on electronics and Massimo focused on guitars, plus guest Luca Tilli on cello; the recordings were sent to Oxbow's Eugene S Robison, resulting in this mysterious and disturbing release.

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UPC: 9120036681859

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 133CD
Squidco Product Code: 20613

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Austria
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Rome by Lorenzo Stecconi

Vocals at Function 8 Studios by Monte Vallier.


Rutger Zuydervelt-composers

Jacopo Battaglia-electronics

Thomas Luca Mai-electronics

Massimo Pupillo-guitar

Eugene Robinson-vocals

Luca Tilli-cello

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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 (

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"Jacopo Battaglia (Rome, 27 January 1976) is an Italian drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

He is best known for being the Zu drummer, with whom he has released 14 albums with labels Atavistic / Touch and Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (Japan), Ipecac Recordings (USA).

He founded the Zu in 1997. He also collaborates in studio and / or live with musicians of various extractions: from free jazz (Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilsen Love, Ken Vendermark, Hamid Drake) to alternative rock (No Means No, The Ex, Fugazi, Karate, Dalek, Lightning Bolt, Mike Patton, Melvins).

It is also part of the Ardecore (band formed by the three Zu plus other Italian musicians) with whom he won the Targa Tenco in 2007 with the album Chimera and Black Engine, a band formed by the three Zu with Eraldo Bernocchi and occasional guests such as Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn), FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), also collaborates with the Gronge.

On 11 February 2011, with an official statement on the band's website, he announced that he would leave the Zu to devote himself to other projects. Greet the band with a mini tour in March 2011.

On March 2, 2011 with an official statement, The Bloody Beetroots announce that Jacopo Battaglia enters the band, as a drummer in live shows, under the pseudonym of Battle.

From January 2013 he starts playing synth and bass.

In April 2013, his first Ep by Mooro was released for the Belgian label Lektroluv Records."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (

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"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

-Massimo Pupillo Website (

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track listing:

1. Waiter Waited 1:56

2. Taking The Give 2:59

3. Nightly A Sky 1:41

4. A Slick Not Spoken Of Now. Or Again 2:01

5. In The Corner. Of The Corner Apartment 2:44

6. Looking For The Devil 3:14

7. The Relaxing 2:19

8. Take-Away Truck 2:39

9. Phone Call From A Well Dressed Man 1:33

10. Beg 1:21

11. Shame On Me 2:16

12. 6 O'Clock 4:15

13. Praylude 1:31

14. Land Lord 4:36

15. The Key To Good Dental Health 1:11

16. We're All Friends 2:54

17. Enterlude 0:36

18.Near To Sleep 2:12

19. Pinning The Body To The Soul 4:45
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Zu has always been a mercurial and ever-changing entity: unafraid of cross-genre explorations, eager to break down barriers between musical styles. Despite playing traditional instruments, major influences on Zu's music have always been sonic explorers like Coil, Throbbing Gristle, or early Neubauten. The sound of The Left Hand Path is the somewhat hidden side of Zu, though latent in all of its previous music. It's like digging out a box from the earth, containing everything the band had wished to highlight in previous works: ambient and droney landscapes; acoustic explorations in obscurity. The album starts programmatically with the sound of a shovel digging the earth -- a soundtrack for a descent into the underworld. It's moon musick. All of the members played electronics and Massimo focused mostly on guitars. The recordings were then sent to Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow fame. Zu knew he was the right person to add vocals to it, and to transform the music again, into a sort of contemporary post-everything voodoo blues.

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