8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 04 January 2012
This is a little known fact but for every tree cut down in our precious rainforest's a new Machinefabriek CD is born. In-fact, for every breath I take a new Machinefabriek CD is born. I'm being flippant but you get the picture - Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt) makes a lot of CD's. This one (entitled 'Brokstukken') was also released as a limited triple 7” set and features a comedy photo of a man jollily pretending to hold up a large rock in the outback. Always a favourite. As with all Machinefabriek CD's out there in the world, 'Brokstukken' is filled with experimental musings, bubbling ambience, odd found sounds, intermittent (and quite irritating) buzzing sounds, heaps of digital sound manipulation and the occasional blissful melody to boot. This one is made up of short, loop based pieces, mostly made with guitar, looper pedals and a Korg Monotron (which is an extremely small keyboard capable of analog synthesis. It's currently a favourite with the hordes of improv musicians looking for practical pocket sized solutions to their tone generating needs). It's in no way offensive or distasteful and occasionally hits on a real winner. The problem for me is that I've heard tons of this stuff and it has little impact on me anymore. Still, Rutger is good at it and he's called Rutger so it's fine with me. Whatever he wants to do. I'm gonna go file this away with the rest. It'll be there waiting for you.
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