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Zuydervelt, Rutger

Porcelain (soundtrack for the film by Jenneke Boeijink)

Zuydervelt, Rutger: Porcelain (soundtrack for the film by Jenneke Boeijink) (Machinefabriek)

The soundtrack for Dutch/Belgium/Italian co-production "Porselein" (Porcelain), a psychological drama by Jenneke Boeijink, recorded with cellist Francesco Guerri and using a motif from Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen", the album release including 12 additional tracks; powerful, emotional and passionate music of great tension and brilliant performances from Guerri.

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Label: Machinefabriek
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 28679

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by the artist, in January–June 2019. Cello recorded at Duna Studio Russi, in Ravenna, Italy, in February 2019, by Andrea Scardovi. The movie Porcelain is directed by Jenneke Boeijink Written by Jenneke Boeijink and Thibaud Delpeut Produced by New Amsterdam Film Company Co-produced by Verdeoro and Wrongmen.


Rutger Zuydervelt-composer, performer

Francesco Guerri-cello

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"The soundtrack for Dutch/Belgium/Italian co-production Porselein (Porcelain), a psycho- logical drama by Jenneke Boeijink. Besides the music from the film, the album contains 12 extra outtakes. It's released on cd and as download/ stream on March 1st 2020.

Rutger Zuydervelt (who mostly works under his pseudonym Machinefabriek) regularly works for film, though mostly for documentaries. Porcelain is his second feature film score, after the Canadian mystery drama The Cold And the Quiet.

A common modus operandi for Zuydervelt is to collaborate with instrumentalists by using recordings of their improvisations and sculpt them into new pieces. This way of working was used for Porcelain as well, with the amazing Italian cellist Francesco Guerri adding his magic to this score. Another important presence on the album is (a sample from) Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, which functions as a 'leitmotif' throughout the film. The piece had a big influence on director Boeijink while she was writing the movie, and it blends perfectly with Zuydervelt electronics and Guerri's cello. The understated, brooding drama enhances the tone of the movie perfectly.

Film Synopsis

The lives of Anna, Paul and their young son Thomas look perfect. But when Thomas bites one of his friends at school, the first cracks appear in the glossy exterior of this 'perfect' life. It marks the start of a long, frustrating search for the cause of their son's aggression: a process that mercilessly exposes the frailties they each carefully hide and prompts the parents to take desperate measures - even calling in the help of an almost complete stranger. Jenneke Boeijink's fiction feature debut builds the tension painstakingly from the start; from the very first moment the camera zooms in from high above Rotterdam's multi-storey housing to this family's house. The psychological drama carried by actress Laura de Boer, Flemish actor Tom Vermeir and young Neathan van der Gronden demonstrates just how fragile happiness can be."

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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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"Francesco Guerri, cellist and composer, was born in Cesena in 1977. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music "B. Maderna in Cesena with the highest marks in 2000. Immediately after the exam he escapes from the building with Shostakovich's beloved first cello concerto under his arm and never returns. Since then he has approached improvised, electro-acoustic and rock music.

He played with: Tristan Honsinger, Carla Bozulich, Jessica Moss, Ches Smith, Cris Corsano, Edoardo Marraffa, Pasquale Mirra, Domenico Caliri, Fabrizio Spera, Fabrizio Puglisi, Alberto Fiori, Vincenzo Vasi, Laurence "Butch" Morris, William Parker, Nicola Guazzaloca, Silvia Bolognesi, Cristiano Calcagnile, Gianluca Petrella and many others.

He also collaborates with Teatrino Clandestino, Teatrino Giullare, Francesca Grilli, Chiara Guidi - Societas Raffaello Sanzio.

He has dedicated himself for years to an original solo repertoire that sees him perform, in festivals such as: Roma Europa festival, Sudtirol Jazz festival, Forlì open music, Isole che Parlano. In 2015 he was invited to play at the Paolina Chapel of the Quirinale Palace in Rome and in 2019 he presented his new solo album, "Su Mimmi non si spara!", at the Rai headquarters in Via Asiago in Rome for Radio3 Suite Jazz.

Since 2001 he has worked for the Day Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Developmental Age in Bologna, dealing with discomfort in teen age."

-Francesco Guerri Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Entry Drone 1:32

2. Mirror 1:02

3. Night Music 1 1:51

4. First Goodbye 1:06

5. Lipstick Painting 1:15

6. Outside 0:51

7. Awakening 1:11

8. Forest Drone 0:47

9. Night Music 2 1:33

10. Last Goodbye 3:49

11. Meadow (outtake) 1:18

12. Organ Drone (outtake) 1:17

13. Laser Game (outtake) 0:49

14. Warmth (outtake) 1:44

15. Night Music 3 (outtake) 1:27

16. Tender Spider (outtake) 1:42

17. Another Goodbye (outtake) 1:20

18. Panick Attack (outtake) 2:19

19. Night Music 4 (outtake) 1:52

20. Night Music 5 (outtake) 1:29

21. Cello Drone (outtake) 1:42

22. Newfound (outtake) 2:16

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