Boomkat Product Review:
Rutger Zuydervelt turns his ear towards that most fertile of creative themes for the microsound artist: winter. Ijspret was inspired by the timbral properties of ice, and features contact microphone recordings of all manner of frosty textures and interactions with the frozen ground, from the noise made by ice skaters to the strange commotion of the defrosting process. To a certain degree, Ijspret follows in the footsteps of sound artist Collin Olan's glorious Rec01 (which captured a stereo pair of contact mics frozen in blocks of ice that subsequently very slowly and noisily melted) or the John Hudak & Stephan Mathieu album Pieces Of Winter, which featured a buried contact mic being gradually frozen over during snowfall. There are countless instances in which contemporary artists have fetishised the beautiful nano-crackle of the winter, and the all too brief Ijspret is the latest in that long line, although this isn't one for purists; entangled in here you'll encounter the sound of human voices and sparsely plucked acoustic guitar passages, all of which aptly compliments the quiet and brittle sonorities of the cold.