Boomkat Product Review:
Machinefabriek's disconcertingly prolific Rutger Zuydervelt teams up with a gent from Ghent, Jeroen Vandesande for this latest 3" bulletin, featuring a collaborative live piece recorded last July, and a Ben Frost remix. The first thing to strike you about this release is its sandpaper sleeve, recalling both the packaging of Durutti Column's debut album for Factory Records and Guy Dabord's The Society Of The Spectacle, which had inspired it. The idea behind those objects was that they should destroy the other records and books (respectively) on your shelf. Thankfully at a mere three-inches, this miniature menace is more of a B&Q offcut than an agitative, situationist statement. I suppose it's also a DIY release in more ways than one. The live piece begins with a near-inaudible, uneven drone, incrementally swelling and expanding over the opening couple of minutes, by which point more overtly electronic interruptions arise - twittering like Sachiko M's primitive sinusoidal modulations - while a wall of tonal density thickens up around them, filling everything with a slow-rising distortion and guitar noise only to reach a vicious midsection whereby the drone transmogrifies into an unstable, crumbling monolith (sorry, is this purple enough for you?). By seven-and-a-half minutes in much of that towering clamour has dissipated, but the most clinical, jabbing pulsations remain, this time coupled with soft waves of hiss. This lull doesn't last for long however, and soon enough something that sounds faintly like synthesized strings floats into the melee, accompanying a rising screech, only to once again reluctantly ebb into a quietly obliterated climax. Ben Frost's 'V Is For Vampire' remix is similarly noisy, but more technically constructed than the chaotic live piece. You might even discern a kind of beat pattern at the heart of the track, although it's all overloaded with ruptures and fissures, with the last minute or so in particular mapping out a sonic landscape cut deep by faultlines and sudden drops. This is a kind of glitch music, albeit one which sounds more organic than your standard clicks and cut affair. On the Machinefabriek website the remix is described as sounding like a cross-pollination of Autechre and Wolf Eyes - an accurate evaluation if ever there was one. Another splendid piece of work to come from the Machinefabriek production line - plus it comes as something of a bonus that its seventeen minute duration gave me sufficient time to bevel down the more uncomfortable edges and corners of my desk, using the sleeve.