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The relentlessly prolific Rutger Zuydervelt returns to Type Records following his Lenteliedjes 7", this time in collaboration with American multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin, whose cello performances form the central sound source for this project.
The two pieces on this disc are based around a gallery commission which saw Martin recording improvisations ready for Zuydervelt's digital processing, the original piece 'Cello Recycling' is an extremely disciplined ambient composition, rewarding the listener's patience by the time you reach its mighty crescendo. From a silent beginning the piece ever so slowly goes through an auditory process of condensation, gradually making itself more physical. Through its whispered beginnings you can hear minuscule glitch particles erupting from the surface, and eventually discernable cello strokes become apparent. The piece evolves from an amorphous drone into a melancholic swirl of minor key string phrases.
As it draws to a close the piece is immersed in digital noise, making for a fearsome coda. The second half of the disc, 'Cello Drowning' is a very different affair, marrying Martin's cello recordings with a detailed watery ambience from some impressively hi-fi field recordings of running liquid, dripping and flowing in a pleasingly noisy fashion. Over the piece's ten-minute duration, Martin's cello fades into a William Basinski-style muffled state, sinking beneath wave after wave of waterlogged audio leaving only its submerged, rusted remains.