Boomkat Product Review:
The two ten-minute compositions on this disc are based upon sound recordings of the Erasmus Bridge that were "reconstructed and edited" by Rutger Zuydervelt as part of his contribution to the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Fittingly, this music really is very cinematic, though probably not in the conventional sense in which we use that word. 'The Breathing Bridge' and its counterpart 'The Breathing Water' are both somehow very pictorial in that their analysis of the field recording source material, cutting very nicely between unplaceable, small and scratchy friction sounds to the squelch and flow of water, throwing in noisier, almost industrial gestures highlighted by towering sub bass that looms out from the usually very quiet soundscape. This has to be one of the more challenging and adventurous Machinefabriek releases to date, and it's all the better because of that. These concrète sounds are handled brilliantly and make for a welcome break from the sort of instrumental micro-processing we've become used to from this prolific artist.