With Voices by Machinefabriek


Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. With Voices is a recording by Dutch composer Rutger Zuydervelt under the moniker Machinefabriek. True to it’s title, the album’s eight pieces exhibit Zuydervelt’s use of cassette recorders, tone generators, radios, synths, and other hifi curio to construct bewildering aural architecture around vocal work from Peter Broderick, Marissa Nadler, Richard Youngs, Chantal Acda, Terence Hannum (of Locrian) and others. These human voices are featured as musical instruments rather than mere vehicles of lyrical content, resulting in a sub-linguistic mosaic of primordially stirring moods. The initial spark of With Voices was kindled while Zuydervelt was in Taipei creating music for a dance company. In the final days of his trip, a dancer named Wei-Yun Chen caught Zuydervelt’s ear with an instagram video featuring a voice that turned out to be Wei-Yun’s own (she would end up on the album’s seventh movement, a piece that features dissected bits of Taiwanese poetry amid low-pitched murmurs and whispering fogbanks of static). The encounter stirred Zuydervelt to create a single 35 minute soundscape upon which each vocalist on With Voices was encouraged to improvise, be it talking, reading, singing, or wordless, guttural intoning. Such vocal smatterings were then used to determine how the other tonal elements should be arranged, dictating where each musical passage would ultimately lead. “The idea was for everyone to just do what came naturally” he recalls, “the element of unpredictability was important to me.”


1I (With Terence Hannum)Machinefabriek
2II (With Chantal Acda)Machinefabriek
3III (With Peter Broderick)Machinefabriek
4IV (With Marianne Oldenburg)Machinefabriek
5V (With Zero Years Kid)Machinefabriek
6VI (With Richard Youngs)Machinefabriek
7VII (With Wei-Yun Chen)Machinefabriek
8VIII (With Marissa Nadler)Machinefabriek


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