An audio-visual collaboration by Marco Douma (visuals), Roel Meelkop (sound) and Rutger Zuydervelt (sound). Pierdrie was originally presented as an installation with three monitors and four speakers, at Hommes gallery in Rotterdam. It was translated to a live performance at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this year. And now you can bring Pierdrie to your home, ’cause we just released it as a DVD. Obviously, this version is adapted for one monitor, but if you have a surround sound system, the audio will be close to as it was in the installation. Of course there’s also the option to go for stereo sound.
The Pierdrie film deals with the Waalhaven harbour in Rotterdam. All video and audio material was captured at pier 3, which gives a fantastic view over the harbour. Despite the noisy, industrial surrounding, being on the pier can be an incredibly tranquil experience. Distant sounds are taken over the water, through the air, softening the clanging of heavy machinery to a immersive sound palette. The Pierdrie project is our attempt to translate our experience into an audio-visual work. More info at the Machinefabriek Bandcamp page.
This is Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt) at his most lucid. Daas is dense and mysterious, midtone gray. Consisting of five tracks, four which had been previously released in other formats. As the shortest and new title track opens the proceedings there is this cross between pulled tones and tense low-fi frequency. Like the embers in the aftermath of a massive campfire it burns in cold honey-like slow motion. Grom is hesitant, like a scope of some sort, observing a territory or surveilling people. The lengthiest piece here (at just about 20 minutes), Koploop, starts like some type of coy exploration with stringed instruments c/o Greg Haines and Anne Bakker. There’s an almost butoh pace, precise and exploratory, as if you can see every muscle move, just so. It’s a loop akin to some fine works by William Basinski, yet seems more clinical somehow, a bit less emotionally topographical. The slow-moving piece taunts with a bit of old Western dustiness and a slight subversive strumming that’s somewhat trance-inducing over a mechanized cycling sound. Onkruid is the most spacious evolved track here, chilly and sea-faring in its pitch on atonality. It’s dark out there, in the twilight of the abyss. The record is dotted with rustic crackle and tiny ignition sparks that fall from the grid, patternless at times. Overall Daas is melodically striated with a lure that seems to be channeling some spirit forms. More ghostly than ghastly Zuydervelt’s method for crafting the bottom end really brings out an intimate relationship, activating the listener.