Machinefabriek is Rutger Zuydervelt. We'd long been fans of his work (esp. 'Box Music 'with Stephen Vitiello and the excellent 'Marijn') when he approached us with some of his fabulous work. We eventually released (or re-issued and re-mastered from the original Digitalis cassette release) his work under L/M/R/W (with Mariska Baars, Leo Fabriek, and Wouter Van Veldhoven), 'Drifts'. Around the same time he introduced us to the wonderful work of Gareth Davis, with whom he made 'Drape' which we later released as well. He very kindly played the Home Normal and Hibernate Christmas show in 2011, and did the design work for the Ian Hawgood / Gareth Davis release 'Night Shots' (Champion Version). We very much look forward to working on a large audio-visual project in the next year or two with him.
Here's a little more about Machinefabriek:
Rutger Zuydervelt was born on 28 July 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), and now resides in Rotterdam. He started working as 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, modern classical, 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 an important expression for Machinefabriek. He took his gear all over the globe, form Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.
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 (premiered at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin) and, most recently, Ivan Pérez' 'Hide And Seek', for Korzo, The Hague.
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) and the new Armando Museum (MOA).
This year (2013), Rutger Zuydervelt is on the long-list for the Prix de Rome.
This is a wonderful film with live excerpts and an interview with Rutger taken at the Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam, in 2011:
For more information about Machinefabriek/Rutger, please go to his lovely website which is regularly updated here:
You can stream, share and buy the L/M/R/W album 'Drifts', here:
You can stream, share, and buy the Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek collaboration 'Drape', here: