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MACHINEFABRIEK - The Measures Taken

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Zoharum ZOHAR 091-2
Release Year: 2015
Note: a score for a dance choreography by ALEXANDER WHITLEY (with the same name) based on the theme "Men versus Machine", apart from the typical delicate MACHINEFABREIK ambience this goes at times into very abstract / electro-acoustic / challenging areas, with lots of concrete noises, crackles and cut-ups, a surprising and intense work for the dutch sound artist! lim. 300
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"After last year's two releases (a compilation of rare tracks Dubbeltjes and the reissue of a collaborative album with Dag Rosenqvist entitled Vintermusik) a renowned sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt returns with a completely new album called The Measures Taken. It is the score for a dance performance by choreographer Alexander Whitley and visual artists Marshmallow Laser Feast.
The Measures Taken was originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House (it premiered there in May 2014). The spectacular performance involves a lot of hi-tech interactivity between dancers and projected visuals. The theme of man vs/with machine is magnified by the music, which combines warm melodic pads with glitchy white noise and (more than on any other Machinefabriek release) propulsive rhythms. Now you can enjoy the music from the performance on a physical album which is also striking without the use of the visual side.
The album is released in a 3-panel ecopak in a strictly limited edition of 300 copies. The cover is based on the original by Rutger Zuydervelt. It was mastered by Łukasz Miernik. The whole production process was overseen by Michał Porwet." [label info]


"It seemed 'quiet' lately when it came to Machinefabriek. It might have been not since Vital Weekly 925 that we last reviewed something - which, in the world of Machinefabriek, not equals: didn't release anything - but I do know he's busy with on-site pieces, installations and in the case of 'The Measure Taken', music for a choreography by Alexander Whitley and also, at the same time, visual artists Marshmallow Laser Feast. This piece was commissioned by The Royal Ballett Studio programme and premiered in April 2014 in France and also performed in London. There's a short introduction piece, followed by the four parts of the piece. Obviously I haven't seen the dance piece, or the visuals, but judging by the music, there has been a shift in Machinefabriek's music. Some of the 'old' Machinefabriek is still present here, the long ambientesque soundscapes is of course something that is still present, but it seems as if Machinefabriek now handles the form of sound collage more and more, building towards crescendo's and then drops out radically. Another important addition is the use of rhythm in 'Part II'. A kind of click 'n cut rhythm that is not unlike that of, say, Carsten Nicolai. It's quite surprising but it works out very well. Topped with some noise bits here and there, this is surely on the more varied releases by Machinefabriek in quite sometime. If you aren't the biggest fan of Machinefabriek but like to check out a release every once in a while, then make sure you check out this one." [Fdw/Vital Weekly]