Halfslaap II / Stiltetonen

by Machinefabriek

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Like Halfslaap (released on a 3-inch by Standard Form in 2010), Halfslaap II is a very restrained, meditative piece with a slow and subtle development that seems to play tricks with the notion of time. The hypnotic quality of Halfslaap II comes from two simple violin phrases with are almost identical, but different in length, causing them to overlap at different points each time. In the course of 35 minutes, these floating violin tones are pulling the listener into some sort of dreamstate.
The violin on Halfslaap II is played by Anne Bakker, with whom Rutger worked before on the pieces Koploop (2007) and Fabriek Bakker Fabriek (2008).

Stiltetonen (album version) is a continuation of sound piece that was composed to play continuously in a small alley in Amsterdam. As part of the project Tussen-ruimte ('Between Space'), the looped, minimalistic piano melody transformed the space to an oasis of comtemplative rest in the midst of the busy city center. With it's spatious pace, the sounds of the city became an integral part of the composition. For this album version, the piano loop forms the base for a more set composition, complimented with extra layers of audio to create an equally immersive home listening experience.


Rutger Zuydervelt was born on 28 July 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), and now resides in Rotterdam. He started using the alias Machinefabriek in 2004.

Except for a few piano and guitar lessons when he was young, Rutger didn’t study music. Instead, he graduated as a graphic designer. The sleeves of his releases are practically always designed by Rutger himself, being a crucial part of the music.

Machinefabriek’s music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone and field recordings. His pieces unfold as ‘films without image’, with a sharp ear for detail. After a series of self released CD-Rs, the official debut ‘Marijn’, was issued by Lampse in 2006. Since then a solid stream of singles and albums was released on labels like Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Dekorder, Digitalis, Experimedia and Staalplaat.

Performing live has been important for Machinefabriek. He took his gear all over the globe, form Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan, to perform solo or with other musicians. 99% of these performances are improvised on the spot.

Rutger collaborated (on record and/or live) with numerous artists, such as Steinbrüchel, Jaap Blonk, Aaron Martin, Peter Broderick, Frans de Waard, Simon Nabatov, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Roden, Gareth Davis, Stephen Vitiello, Michel Banabila and Tim Catlin, amongst many others.

He also frequently works with film makers, like Chris Teerink, for whom he composed a soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. He also worked with more abstract film makers like Makino Takashi, John Price and Paul Clipson.

Besides films, Rutger also composes music for dance pieces, like Alix Eynaudi and Kris Verdonck's EXIT (premiéred at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Ivan Pérez' Hide And Seek (for Korzo, The Hague) and Alexander Whitley's The Measures Taken (to be premiéred at the Royal Opera in London in 2014).

Then there's his installation work, in which the dialogue with the environment always plays an important role. Rutger made installations for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi (Dutch Architecture Institute), the new Armando Museum MOA, Sounds Like in Saskatoon (Canada), the Into the Great Wide Open Festival and Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam.

In 2013 Rutger Zuydervelt was on the long-list for the Prix de Rome.


released February 14, 2014

Music by Rutger Zuydervelt
Viola on Halfslaap II by Anne Bakker
Mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama
Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt
Stilteonen is based on a loop for an installation for the project
Tussen - ruimte, Amsterdam.



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