Boomkat Product Review:
About 15 years ago we had this mad idea to compile all of Machinefabriek’s self-released CDRs on vinyl. We gave up when we realised it’d probably come to about 50 LP’s. Anyway, the output has def slowed down, but everything we’ve heard in recent years has been really good - and we can’t think of many artists who fit effortlessly on both Editions Wandelweiser and Where to Now?, who once again display a smart bit of curation on this excellent new LP featuring violinist Anne Bakker. We reckon it’s as good a place as any to dip into his vast and perhaps intimidating catalogue.
"‘Oehoe’, produced in collaboration with viola / violinist Anne Bakker, a classically trained solo artist in her own right, Machinefabriek here has sown a landscape of Anne’s raw violin, viola, and vocal improvisations into a stirring body of work which merges tradition, experimentation, and whimsical curiosity to create a distinctively unique album which is both deeply moving and playfully dissonant in equal measure.
"Given that Anne’s improvised vocals are wordless throughout, it is to Rutger’s absolute credit that he has assembled and transcended these intonations to often devastating emotional effect. Anne’s vocal experiments exude a classical polyphonic antiquity, they lushly hover above her own Reichian minimalist string arrangements, and Machinefabriek’s deeply brooding, cacophonic synthesized soundscapes. Across these 10 pieces we delve into a world which seamlessly moves between a state of harmonious contentment; or a very murky calm, to moments of lively ecstasy, and deep deep down to a vast and brooding melancholy."