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Tim Catlin & Machinefabriek - Glisten

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Glisten by Tim Catlin & Machinefabriek
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8/10 according to on Thu 05 Nov, 2009

Machinefabriek is a very prolific chap. I've lost count of how many releases he's had out but let's just say it's quite a lot. This week sees the release of a new collaborative CD with said Rutger and Aussie sound artist Tim Catlin on Gareth Hardwick's Low Point label. Catlin made a load of sounds including guitar preparations (not sure what they are but I figure that's something to do with a guitar) which range from more conventional picking to some otherworldly crazy noises that you wouldn't think came from a guitar. These were sent to Machinefeabriek who did his special micro electronic magic and he's added some whirrs, whips, bangs and fizzles to the album. 'Glisten' an intense listen which is obviously best suited to headphones. The layers of drones and and weird electronic noises collectively make this sound well alien. It's music created by aliens for aliens so if you're all green and sticky (like all aliens are) then this is for you. A thoroughly enjoyable listen and don't forget you'll need those headphones!

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‘Glisten’ is the first collaborative release by Tim Catlin, a guitarist and sound artist based in Melbourne, Australia and Machinefabriek, the nom de plume of Rutger Zuydervelt from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Whilst researching information on prepared guitar, Zuydervelt discovered the work of Tim Catlin, most notably his album ‘Radio Ghosts’ (released on 23five in 2007). Intrigued by Catlin’s approach towards mechanically prepared guitar and the engaging sound world created by this unassuming expertise, a partnership was soon set in motion.

For the release, Catlin made initial recordings drawing upon a wide range of approaches including guitar preparations, customized and abused effects through to more 'conventional' picking. These tracks were then sent to Zuydervelt for the addition of extra sounds and overdubs through to final editing and sequencing.

With both artists’ sharing a passion for developing upon the minutiae of the guitar, ‘Glisten’ is an immersive album of slowly unfurling sound layers, deeply embedded drones and acute harmonic gestures. Throughout the running time, a palpable sense of playfulness is present, allowing the prepared guitar process to determine the course of action. Through minor touches and sleights of hand, fleeting vibrations are produced which are capable of both overwhelming intensity and pure sonic transcendence.

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