MACHINEFABRIEK & ANDREA BELFI - BROMBRON 15: PULSES AND
Korm Plastics is proud to present the ninth release in the Brombron series. Originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, it is now hosted by co-curator Frans de Waard. In the year 2000 Frans de Waard and Extrapool started the Brombron project. Two or more musicians become artists in residence in Extrapool, an arts initiative in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a fully equipped sound recording studio. These artists can work in a certain amount of time on a collaborative project; a project they always wished to do, but didn't have the time or the equipment to realize.
Andrea Belfi (born 1979) is an Italian electro-acoustic musician and composer. He began playing drums at the age of 14, and studied art in Milan, before becoming involved in experimental music in 2000. Belfi is also a member of electronic outfit Medves. In 2002 Belfi began a project titled Between Neck & Stomach, in which he attempted to turn a whole house into a musical instrument, by using sound vibrations to shake various items, such as pots, plates, and cupboards. This project resulted in a CD of the same name, released on the Häpna label in 2006.
Rutger Zuydervelt, better known as Machinefabriek, lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Started as Machinefabriek in 2004, he released 40+ small run home-made cdr's as well as work for Type Records, Lampse, Digitalis, Staalplaat (Mort Aux Vaches) and now 12K. A double remix cd was released in 2007, with interpetations by Alva Noto, Pita, Mitchell Akiyama, Xela, Gert-Jan Prins and many more. Collaborations (live or recording) include Steinbrüchel, Jasper TX, Wouter van Veldhoven, Simon Nabatov, Frans de Waard, Aaron Martin and Peter Broderick.
A striking collaboration took place between Belfi on drums and assorted small percussion and Zuydervelt on guitar and organ. Together they produce the 'pulses' and 'places' mentioned in the title. Organic yet partially improvised, it resembles a kind of sonic geography. The listener is taken away for a journey of mild drones, soft yet outspoken percussion. A strong release.
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This CD was presented September 4th 2009, to view a nice video of the concert:
ANDREA BELFI & MACHINEFABRIEK - BROMBRON 15 : PULSES AND
PLACES (CD by Korm Plastics)
MACHINEFABRIEK & ANDREA BELFI / Pulses and Places (Korm Plastics)
Numéro 15 dans la série Brombron. Un très beau disque de drones à base d'instruments de musique (percussion surtout pour Andrea Belfi, guitare et orgue pour Machinefabriek). Une collaboration organique, bien sentie, où l'exploration sonore se résout dans un mélodisme déconstruit, aérien. Des pièces lentes, improvisées, qui habitent l'espace sonore sans le fixer en place. Ce sont deux artistes que j'apprécie séparément; ensemble, ils ont créé quelque chose de magnifique. [Ci-dessous: a) un extrait de l'album; b) un extrait du concert-lancement de l'album - tous deux sur le site de Korm Plastics.]
Number 15 in the Brombron series. A very fine CD of drones
made from musical instruments (mostly percussion from Andrea
Belfi, guitar and organ from Machinefabriek). An organic, deep-running
collaboration where sonic experimentation takes the form of deconstructed
melodicism. Slow improvised pieces that inhabit the listening
space without setting it in stone. I really appreciate these
two artists on their own; together, they have created something
beautiful. [Below: a) A sound clip from the album; b) footage
from the release concert - both on Korm Plastics' website.]