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Mort Aux Vaches CD

Limited edition of 500 copies, in heavy board packaging, with rubber-stamped text. "Machinefabriek means 'machine factory.' You might expect a name like that for some Einstürzende Neubauten-like industrial act, but here that's not the case. Okay, at some times Machinefabriek's music might sound harsh and abrasive, but industrial, no. My music is more about combining distorted, raw sounds with subtle melodies and stillness. References are Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Tarentel and Stars of the Lid. Despite the fact most other Mort Aux Vaches releases are live documents, this one is recorded at home, before having it played by Berry Kamer from the VPRO, on Dutch radio. This time I decided to limit myself by using mainly the guitar and laptop. And a record player on one track. I roughly recorded some parts and chopped it up on the computer. That's when the compositions came to life. It's a questioning of listening, and the process itself will dictate the way to go. I tried to make a patient record. A record that slowly pulls you in. Ironically a big influence was the Mort Aux Vaches CD by Oren Ambarchi. For me that's the ultimate statement in 'guitar-and-electronics-minimalism.' Bathyale means 'the part of the sea between 200 and 1000 meters where no sunlight comes through.' I wanted to do something with water, 'cause that's what I kept thinking of when making and listening to the music. The pieces have a fluidity, but at times they are pretty dark and 'crackly'." Rutger Zuydervelt (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
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