Boomkat Product Review:
Vloed is the Dutch word for 'Flood', which is a fitting album title for a man so prone to deluging his audience with his relentless creativity.
This latest from Rutger Zudervelt compiles three sets, all recorded in Amsterdam over the last two years. One of these has already been released as a 3"CD-R (the third piece, capturing the performance at Oude Kerk in 2006), but it's still something worth revisiting, especially within the context of this album, where it finds itself in the company of two similarly restrained and detailed drone pieces. The dynamic range on show throughout Vloed could serve as an example to all ambient composers, moving from hushed, low volume vapours to surging towerblocks of sound - something best illustrated by the transition between micro-feedback signals and floor-shaking low frequency guitar sustain on '19.10.2007 Bimhuis, Amsterdam'. Arguably the finest piece amongst the three is the most recent. Giving you an idea of just how rapid the turnaround is in the world of Machinefabriek, one of these recordings was made just last month, and since then, Zuydervelt has somehow found time to edit the music and get it released. That's quite some work ethic. Anyway, it transpires that this is the real standout on the disc, capturing an ascendance from infrasonic low-volume bass into a swirl of finely processed choral loops, melded together by waves of subtle distortion and filtering. Another top class Machinefabriek release, limited copies only in stock.