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1 review »At 55 minutes long and containing just the two tracks this is one for the long haul. The kind of electronic minimalism peddled by the likes of Machinefabriek always benefits from an injection of human warmth and the opening piece ‘Halfslaap II’ introduces some quite wonderful viola playing which is the making of it. Opening with some warm downwardly descending organ tones,  withi ... »

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Halfslaap II / Stiltetonen by Machinefabriek
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 March 2014

At 55 minutes long and containing just the two tracks this is one for the long haul. The kind of electronic minimalism peddled by the likes of Machinefabriek always benefits from an injection of human warmth and the opening piece ‘Halfslaap II’ introduces some quite wonderful viola playing which is the making of it.

Opening with some warm downwardly descending organ tones,  within minutes the viola creeps in. Slowly and surely over the course of the next 35 minutes it overlaps itself, introducing some higher tones and we end up with something thats less abstract electro-acoustic and more a sensational take on neo-classical beauty. Plaudits must go to viola player Anne Bakker for some sumptuous, patient playing. After ten or so minutes you are just lots in its exquisite beauty, by 30 minutes its starting to deconstruct, the instruments effected with reverbs appear to be disintegrating before your eyes.  

The second piece ‘Stiltetonen’ is comprised of warm carefully picked out piano notes enveloped in a warm organ drone. Distant and soothing its a good example of this now fading genre of minimalist abstraction but doesn’t hold a candle to the first track.


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