IN THE NUMBERS: It’s 03/03, double digits as it were. So why not celebrate, for no reason. For the first time we are leading with not one, but three simultaneous podcasts, over three hours of new music from multiple continents! The moods may sway, but if you keep your ears open you will be transported […]

Hailing from The Netherlands, the prolific artist/musician Rutger Zuydervelt, aside from his sound bending, is also a graphic designer. Since about 2006 he’s worked under the nom de plume of Machinefabriek. In case you missed it, we had the pleasure to interview him during our extensive series last year here. “Not exactly my first guest […]

Mariska Baars & Rutger Zuydervelt | Eau Self-released (CD/DL) Rutger Zuydervelt and Mariska Baars latest collaboration – and their first since 2008’s Drawn – is a swirling tapestry of affected vocals, an emergent sea of abstract utterances that is as beguiling as it is restrained. The album revolves around a single theme, perhaps even a […]

©Pieter-Jan_Minnebo Under the alias Machinefabriek, Rutger Zuydervelt has made a name for himself as a diverse and experimental composer and improviser, whose work exists equally in areas of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic music. Over little more than a decade he has amassed an almost inhumane amount of recordings, collaborating with an […]

Fean | Fean Moving Furniture Records (CD/DL) The collective of seven came together as an artist-in-residence project in a church in the Frysian village, Katlyk. The collaboration resulted in an amorphous sound that ranges from squeaky noise to echo chambers filled with vocal murmurs, and so much in between. The players behind these nine tracks […]

Tonus Cagean Morphology Intermediate Obscurities I + IV Texture Point  | A New Wave of Jazz (CD/DL) Belgium label A New Wave of Jazz has released a steady discography of albums, all sharing an in-house visual design that favors minimal aesthetics. This visual identity, incidentally, is the work of Rutger Zuydervelt, the experimental sound artist who […]

DOUBLE-TAKE: This review/s is a slight left turn from our usual format. Most recently myself and Kevin Press connected regarding music criticism in the age of Yelp, Reddit and the endless blog loop. We agreed that much of what both and Toronto-based Badd Press have in common, down to the selection of what we […]

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 […]

MACHINEFABRIEK Daas Cold Spring 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 […]