8/10 Mike Staff review, 12 December 2012
I have here a CD by a man whose music I have heard, Machinefabriek aka Rutger Zuydervelt, and a man whose name is not familiar to me at all, Michel Banabila (although further investigation reveals he’s made loads of records and reveals me for what I really am; something they refer to in the sound art community as a “noob”). They’ve been friends for a while, apparently, and only recently started working on music together, swapping files back and forth to speedily create this album of tranquil, flickery post-ambient sound art.
Ambientblog have said “it is surprisingly hard to distinguish the Banabila elements from those added by Machinefabriek”, and I would say that counts double for me. It’s really good, though, and surprisingly musical, with some cheeky polyrhythms (which are making Phil exclaim that it reminds him of drummy whiz-kid Andrea Belfi) rubbing against soft-grinding drones and wisps of piano in the second track while elsewhere birds chirrup and panpipes whistle and electronics twitch and computerised waves swell forcefully onto a digital beach.
At one point there’s a sudden brain-splattering barrage of computer mayhem which led to exclamations of “this is hard work!” in the office, but it slowly eases into a blurry shivering dronescape which heads into Deathprod-esque territory, which I guess is their way of saying sorry for splattering your brain. Basically this is a measured and varied tapestry of blissful ambience, glitchy melodic sound art that’s not afraid to step out of your comfort zone and slap you round the chops, expertly crafted by two men who know their way around a soundwave.
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