Avant Garde isn’t a genre we’ve really featured before (probably because we never receive any), but it’s a style that’s deceptively difficult to master. Taken from his album With Voices, Machinefabriek’s “VIII” takes minimalistic sound-design and marries it with voice to create a genuinely stirring track- if you have the patience. Staying true to the album’s name, “VIII” features non-lyrical vocals from Marissa Nadler. In this way, her voice becomes simply an instrument that delivers emotive long-tones and syllables against a backdrop sound design, encompassing generated tones of various types and textures that come together to create a unique architecture for your ears. It may not be everyone’s most-frequented genre, but I strongly recommend you give it a try.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. His music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. The music can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details.
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